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THE ART OF SPELLING,
The company generally felt it, and used to call me queens, gods, and goddesses, all joined pell-mell in that this anonymous writer is not an old little gentleman Jack. The girl felt it too; and in the fray. Never, since the conflict under the walls man, reviving recollections of far-away spite of her predilection for my powerful rival, she of Troy, had there been such a chance medley days, but a frolicksome youth, anticipating liked to flirt with me. This only aggravated my warfare of combatants, human and divine. The troubles, by increasing my passion, and awakening audience applauded, the ladies shrieked, and fled the winter evenings, when, in the winter of the jealousy of her particoloured lover.
from the theatre, and a scene of discord ensued life, he shall be telling pleasant tales to his Alas! think what I suffered, at being obliged to that baffles all description.
grand-children. keep up an ineffectual chase after my Columbine Nothing but the interference of the peace officers There are fifteen stories, or sketches, or through whole pantomimes; to see her carried off restored some degree of order. The havoc, howin the vigorous arms of the happy Harlequin; and ever, that had been made among dresses and deco essays; for it is a little difficult to class to be obliged, instead of snatching her from him, to rations put an end to all farther acting
for that day. some of them aright. They are all written tumble sprawling with Pantaloon and the clown; The battle over, the next thing was to inquire why in a lively and striking style, and display and bear the infernal and degrading thwacks of my it was begun; a common question among politi- various and considerable talent. Some rival's weapon of lath; which, may heaven con- cians, after a bloody and unprofitable war; and little affectation, and a few errors in point found him : (excuse my passion) the villain laid one not always easy to be answered. It was soon of taste must be pardoned; but we hardly on with a malicious good will; nay, I could abso. traced to me, and iny unaccountable transport of know a work of this size, which, upon the lutely hear him chuckle and laugh beneath his ac- passion, which they could only attribute io my cursed mask.--I beg pardon for growing a little having run a muck. The manager was judge and whole, affords more entertainment. As it warm in my narration. I wish to be cool, but these jury, and plaintiff into the bargain, and in such ca- is said to be by a colleger,--or collegianrecollections will sometimes agitate me. I have ses justice is always speedily administered. He one would expect most of the incidents to beard and read of many desperate and deplorable came out of the fight as sublime a wreck as the be located at one of the Universities, and situations of lovers; but none I think in which true Santissima Triuidada. His gallant plumes, which connected, in some way or other, with its love was ever exposed to sa severe and peculiar a once towered aloft, were drooping about his ears. trial.
His robe of state hung in ribbands from his back, colleges. This is true of only four or five This could not last long. Flesh and blood, at and but ill concealed the ravages he had suffered of them; these are among the best things least such flesh and blood as mine, could not bear in the rear. He had received kicks and cuffs from in the volume; but we think we can find it. I had repeated heart-burnings and quarrels all sides, during the tumult ; for every one took other passages to extract which will be with my rival, in which he treated me with the the opportunity of slyly gratifying some lurking more generally amusing to our readers. mortifying forbearance of a man towards a child. grudge on his fat carcass. He was a discreet man, Had he quarrelled outright with me, I could have and did not choose to declare war with all his stomached it; at least I"should have known what company; so he swore all those kicks and cuffs I have been from my youth that melancholy part to take ; but to be humoured and treated as a had been given by me, and I let him enjoy the opin- thing to other people--a professed joker. From child in the presence of my mistress, when I felt ion. Some wounds he bore, however, which were the period that, as a boy, I hid the Bible belonging all the bantam spirit of a liitle man swelling within the incontestible traces of a woman's warfare. His to a Baptist Meeting, which stood in our playme-gods, it was insufferable !
sleek rosy cheek was scored by trickling furrows, ground,--to the inexpressible consternation of At length we were exhibiting one day at West which were ascribed to the nails of my intrepid the congregation and the no small confusion of the End fair, which was at that time a very fashionable and devoted Columbine. The ire of the monarch preacher, -up to my last freak which I am now goresort, and often beleaguered by gay equipages was not to be appeased. He had suffered in his ing to relate, I have literally treated a life as a from town. Among the spectators that filled the person, and he had suffered in his purse ; his dig- jest."-I was on a visit to a friend in the country, a front row of our little canvas theatre one after- nity too had been insulted, and that went for some- Major Holdsworth, when, to amuse me-I'm an els noon, when I had to figure in a pantomime, was a thing; for dignity is always more irascible the derly gentleman and have an utter abomination to party of young ladies from a boarding-school, with more petty the potentate. He wreaked his wrath cards--a whist party was made up, to which were their governess. Guess my confusion, when, in the upon the beginners of the affray, and Columbine asked the Miss Pennicks;-a trio of the most inmidst of my antics, I beheld among the number and myself were discharged, at once, from the com- tolerant, immaculate, vinegar-faced virgins, whom my quondam flame; her whom I had berhymed at pany.
I have ever encountered in my earthly pilgrimage. school; her for whose charms I had smarted so se- Figure me, then, to yourself, a stripling of little It was on my return from coursing, while this treat verely; the cruel Sacharissa! What was worse, more than sixteen; a gentleman by birth; a vaga- was in agitation, that I spied an odd-looking, threeI fancied shc recollected me; and was repeating bond by trade ; turned adrift upon the world ; mak- cornered note lying unsealed on a work table. the story of my humiliating flagellation, for I saw ing the best of my way through the crowd of West With unaccountable curiosity I opened it. It ran her whispering her companions and her governess. End fair; my mountebank dress fluttering in rags thus. I lost all consciousness of the part I was acting, and about me; the weeping Columbine hanging upon “THE Miss PENNICKS FEEL EXTREAMLY of the place where I was. I felt shrunk to nothing, my arm, in splendid, but tattered finery; the tears and could have crept into a rat-hole--unluckily, coursing one by one down her face; carrying off OF WAITTING ON MRS HOLDSWORTH AS THEY none was open to receive me. Before I could re- the red paint in torrents, and literally "preying ARE VERRY INDIFFERENT.' In a close imitacover from my confusion, I was tumbled over by upon her damask cheek."
tion of their own hani, I added the word " SPELPantaloon and the clown; and I felt the sword of
LERS"—refolded the note, and replaced it on the Harlequin making vigorous assaults, in a manner
table. Well, this is the most singular thing that most degrading to my dignity.
The Blank Book of a Small Colleger. ever happened to me,' said the Major as I entered Heaven and earth! was I again to suffer mar- New York, 1824. 18mo. pp. 138.
the dining room. · Read this incomprehensible tyrdom in this ignominious manner, in the knowl
The Miss Pennicks can't drink tea with my edge, and even before the very eyes of this most If we mistake not, this amusing little work wife because, “ they are very indifferent Spellers"? beautiful, but most disdainful of fair ones? All was published a year or two since; we • And a very sufficient reason,' said I, ' for not énmy long-smothered wrath broke out at once; the think we recollect seeing extracts from it, tering into society.' .Well,' cried Mrs Holdsdormant feelings of the gentleman arose within me; in English papers, about that time. It is, worth, I always thought there was something odd
expected somesprang on my feet in an instant; leaped upon Har: however
, but just now republished in this thing strange would happen to them. Pelles Holdslequin like a young tiger; tore off his mask ; buf- country, and, therefore, has all the charms, worth was one of those long-headed, highly gifted fetted him in the face, and soon shed more blood and all the claims of novelty, so far as our women who foresee events long before they occur, on the stage than had been spilt upon it during a reading public are concerned. It purports --and pride themselves on bemg surprised at nothwhole tragic campaign of battles and murders.
to come from a Sexagenarian, who, in his ing. Her reputation for foresight was so thoroughAs soon as Harlequin recovered
from his sur old age, loves to dwell upon the recollec- ty established, that her less fortunate neighbours prise he returned my assault with interest. I was
looked up to her as an oracle. When Napoleon nothing in his hands. I was game to be sure, for i tions of earlier days; and he tells his stories went to St Helena, "She had always suspected was a gentleman ; but he had the clownish advan- so pleasantly, we cannot but hope he will that would be the end of it;' and the Princess tages of bone and muscle. I felt as if I could have tell more. The author may call himself Elizabeth's marriage she had foreseen for years." fought even unto the death; and I was likely to do sixty or a hundred years old; but we doubt
By three o'clock, in the following afternoon, so; for he was, according to the vulgar phrase
, whether the snows of many years have there were few houses in Hoddesdon, in which the " putting my head into Chancery," when the gentle
indefatigable Mrs Holdsworth had not mentioned Columbine flew to my assistance. God bless the whitened his locks; there is much more
as a profound secret--that the Major' had receipwomen; they are always on the side of the weak relish for fun,- for mere boyish fun,-than such A NOTE from the Miss Pennicks! What and the oppressed.
an elderly gentleman would be likely to was it?' cried half a dozen gossips with the most The battle now became general; the dramatis feel; the sense of the ridiculous is too infecting earnestness. * You must really excuse personæ ranged on either side
. The manager in keen, too true, too joyous, to belong to that my giving the contents. I never expose my sex. terfered in vain. In vain were his spangled black bonnet and towering white feathers seen whisking age when the eccentricity or affectation of Jou know I'm not squeamish; but I really cannot
detail what that note contained.'--How very dreadabout, and nodding, and bobbing, in the thickest of others is more apt to bring weariness than ful!' was repeated in various tones round the the fight. Warriors, ladies, priests, satyrs, kings, enjoyment. We venture, therefore, to guess I room.--Horrid !' resumed Mrs Holdsworth, with
SORRY TAEY CANNOT HAVE THE PLEASURE
MRS REUBEN POTTLE.
a most diplomatic expression of countenance-Not skill and effort, more frequently, and more | weeks after this event, she played off a prank, that I would injure, the Miss Pennicks, for the naturally, belong to the business, the daily which was attended with all but fatal consequences. world. Poor things! – Ah, poor things!' was re; life of men, than of women ; and this may and the Marrs. She was walking in Kensington
It was the period of the murder of the Williamsons echoed around Who would have suspected it?' Oh cried Mrs Holdsworth
, briskly, for she felt be one reason why literary foppery, dis- Gardens, and, having taken shelter from a shower, this was an inroad on her reputation—I'm not the gusting as it is always and every where, is in a shed, she amused herself, by inscribing, in least surprised! I've long foreseen it! Miss Abi- never so much so as when it disfigures the large letters, on the wall, · I'm the unfortunate man gail's misfortune has been known to me for months! manners—and the mind too-of a female. who murdered Mr Marr's family! The horror this Not that I would injure her-poor thing!' - Nor!, Let our ladies assure themselves, that Miss sentence excited, in several parties which succespoor thing! Nor 1!' cried each member of this
the richest treat in nature. precious coterie, as she separated to disseminate Charity Pennick, although a very “indif- sively came to the shed, Miss Ruth declared to be
But, unfortunately, this scandalous morceau, in her own peculiar beat, ferent speller," was, nevertheless, far more among them, came a lady and gentleman, the forwith all her energies. attractive and respectable than
mer of whom, from her situation, was ill qualified Well--the story did not lose in the telling. Peo
to contend with fright. She read the scrawl, and ple drew their own conclusions--not, of course, the
It was my good or ill fortune-the reader may ed; and she herself nearly lost her life.
fainted. Her husband's fondest hopes were blightmost favourable to the Miss Pennicks and the con; word it as he pleases--to make the acquaintance, sequence was, that these maiden ladies, who had
But, notwithstanding all this, Mrs Renben would lived all their days in the most unspotted inno- while in Hampshire, of Mrs Reuben Pottle. She have done very well, had she not, unfortunately, cence, found themselves, on a sudden, avoided, justice ; but I will attempt her portrait notwith- trived that every thing about her should contribute.
was a singular lady. I fear I shall hardly do her become a radical. To this political twist she conpointed at, and rejected by society. Their neighbours drew up when they passed--their former standing. A little, thin, diminutive woman-with An immense dog, between a wolf and a setter, was hour, contented themselves with a Good Morning!
never rested an instant on the same object--a small Fine Day!' and, as Miss Charity Pennick obserr: round straw hat, in imitation of Rubens wife, and amazement, when she said to me one morning, I'll
show a broad, red morocco girdle, contining a yellow lieve you never saw him? Quite an idol of mine.
you my darling--my pet-Reform. I beed, the days of Sodom and Gomorrah were come
silk gown :--such was Mrs Pottle, both in appear- Reform! Reform!' -and she whistled like a coxagain.
ance and dress, on the morning of our introduc- swain--when in rushed an immense mastiff, carryThings grew worse and worse. · Fine Day! and 'Good Morning!' gave place to a bow, or Always en magnifique--caling England the Island, pei
, to be sure, thought 1. What will a woman
Her mind was as eccentric as her person. ing all before him. Quite the thing for a lady's smile, en passant-their tea-parties were declined
and her husband an Emmet. She was the terror make an idol of next? their visits unreturned--and Patience Pennick declared herself weary of life,'—when Abigail, the of the men
and the Vampire of the women.
Then she had an album stored with autographs
Having an utter abomination of learned ladies, by no means of the choicest description. I noticed eldest sister, goaded to desperation by a fresh slight, conjured a quondam crony to explain the about Athens and Sparta, the Capitol and the Par- large hand, and beginning, Pen, ink, and paper
more particularly of one who was forever talking one from Hunt, in Ilchester Gaol, written in a fine mystery. She was then given to understand, with thenon, the reader may imagine my indescribable were suspected of courting an improper intimacy, this forinidable woman. My sense of my situation unction, an illegible scrawl or Thistlewood's, which with Major Holdsworth !' - On whose authority
she said · Alderman deprived me,
had most obligingly for some moments, of utterance, till, screamed Charity. On that of his own wife,' was recollecting that the silence must be broken, i procured from him on the very morning of his ex the reply:
began--'What a lovely morning!'--Mrs Reuben
But every thing in life, like a quadrille, has its communication had subsided, the three injured ---Not a word. Her little restless blue eyes twink ben was approaching spinsters had immediate recourse to their profes- led on as before. This is really April weather.'
At each of the morning sional adviser. They resolved, with his concur. Mute as death.-Out of patience with her continu- gaged on an Italian author; and, invariably, at a
calls I had unwillingly made her, I found her enrence, instantly to prosecute Mrs. Holdsworth for ing to play the dumb belle, I bowed and took my page plentifully besprinkled with pencilled notes defamation of character. When the dread note leave. I was afterwards told, that on that subject
, in the margin. My curiosity was piqned, and I of preparation" sounded, and Mrs Holdsworth was informed, that her appearance in open court would I might have soliloquized forever; for Mrs Reuben, inquired the name of the favourite ? + Ariosto. be requisite, she expressed her amazement at the by no chance, ever noticed the weather. Foul or
- And the numerous pencil marks are proofs of world's wilful misconstruction ; and admitted, fair, we could neither alter
it nor mend it. Why for the first time in her life that this she had never then discuss it? It was a subject fit only to be dwert your diligence ?'- Oh dear, no! those are the imanticipated :--while Major Holdsworth's broad un- on by those who were unequal to talk on any oth proper passages. I had them all marked out for me
before I began.'--I laughed immoderately, and she
So said Mrs Pottle. meaning face assumed a state of utter bewilderment, when he was told, he certainly had received named, from the peculiar cast of his visage, Rue
Her husband, Reuben Pottle-or, as he was
--never spoke to me again. criminal overtures from Miss Abigail Pennick! To obtain a clear insight into matters, it was de- Poule, wasca scighte tali
, conscious-looking wman, View of the Hebrews; exhibiting the Determined that an interview should take place be who appeared completely cowed—a dog, to whom
struction of Jerusalem ; the certain Retween the belligerent parties, attended by their le- any urchin
might say, "Where's your tail?' Twice, gal advisers, at which the note should be forthcom- and twice only, did I ever hear his voice in his own
storation of Judah and Israel ; the Preing. All but the last word Miss Abigail admitted house. The first time that I was amazed by its
sent State of Judah and Israel ; and an she had written--but that word she stoutly dis- sound, was at one of Mrs Reuben's musical par.
Address of the Prophet Isaiah relative claimed. Well , Madam,' said the Major's brazen- ties. My love, Sir Thomas Pickering has arrived
to their Restoration. By Ethan Smith, faced Solicitor, -"that point is immaterial. The at his seat; and I request,' said she, in the tone of chief object is attained--for your spotless virgin
a seraph, 'that the first thing you do in the morn- A. M., Pastor of a Church in Poultcharacter is placed beyond suspicion. As a law-ing may be to call on him. My love, you take ney, Vt. Poultney, Vt. 1823. 12mo. yer, I say, take the case into court. As a friend, very good care,' sighed Reuben, that the first thing let it stay where it is. For whatever might be the I do in the morning is to go to bed.' And as the opinion of the jury on legal matters, you would poor hen-pecked creature finished the sentence, he The first chapter of this book, extending certainly stand convicted as a most indifferent seemed amazed at his own temerity, and hastily to the 45th page, is an account of the de
scudded across the room. The other instance oc- struction of Jerusalem. speller.'
It is introduced curred with the gentlemen after dinner; when, on here to show that the prophecies which Our next extract may have pleased us
a furious ultra liberal declaiming against the doc- foretold this event, the dispersion of the a little more than it othewise would, be- trine of passive obedience, Reuben whimpered, in cause it has sometimes been our melan
the tone of a school-boy behind the back of his Jews, and many other judgments which
master, 'Ah! that's just the way with my little that nation was to suffer, were literally choly lot to be pestered with the folly fool!"
fulfilled. This fact is afterwards made the which it satirizes. The minds of the fair- Of her hostility to the doctrine of non-resist-basis of an important argument. The secer part of creation should be well taught, ance, Mrs Reuben gave an instance in early life. ond chapter commences with a concise acshould receive the highest possible degree respectable farmer, finding himself unequal to con- count of the expulsion of the ten tribes of of culture, not that they may, but that they trol her vagaries, brought home a second wife to Israel from the promised land; and promay not become those hideous things com assist him in the task. To celebrate this event, a ceeds to prove that the Jews, and also these monly known by the name of “ blue stock. large party was invited ; and after supper--reader, ten tribes, will be restored to their inherings.” Literary attainments are often the 'twas in middle life-the song, the laugh, and the itance. The arguments for their restora
toast went round. called on . tools of a man's trade, and may generally Within my heart," she
said. Afhen rising, and fini- tion vary so little from those commonly emhelp him to use his tools—whatever they ing a bumper, she gave, with the voice of a sten- ployed on this subject, that it cannot be are-to more advantage; and intellectual tor, “Confusion to all mothers-in-law. --A very few necessary to state them at length. Mr
Smith talks in a confident manner, as though it has ceased to be Israel in the prophetic | are a part of a covenant, or compact, behe was fairly stating the whole that the sense of the term.
tween the Lord and man; and the duties Scriptures contain in relation to his sub- These remarks apply generally to the which constitute the part of the covenant ject,-found it all in exact agreement with passages in the Old Testament which re- belonging to man, must be performed, or the his opinion, and knew of no plausible argu- late to this subject. The New Testament corresponding promises cannot be fulfilled. ments in opposition. He, however, de- was given at the end of the Jewish dispen- It is fair to say, that all was given or offered serves the credit of stating his testimonies sation; and if, in this, we find prophecies to the Hebrews, which was ever promised ; clearly, and managing them with consider- referring directly to that nation, those but as they broke the covenant, all of them able skill
. We can give but a few speci- which denounce judgments, and those which partially, and some totally, failed of the mens of his mode of reasoning; and we promise blessings, will stand on equal promised inheritance. shall select those arguments which he, in ground. Now, in the New Testament, the Having proved that the ten tribes of Iscommon with others, regards as most im- desolation of Jerusalem and the dispersion rael, who were carried away captive by the portant.
of the Jews are distinctly foretold, but, if kings of Assyria about two thousand five The principal of these is derived from we mistake not, there is no passage which hundred and fifty years ago, are to return the fact, that the prophecies relating to the distinctly implies the return of that nation to Palestine, Mr Smith proceeds in his third dispersion of the Jews were literally ful- to their promised land. The eleventh chap- chapter to inquire where, and who these ten filled. The inference is, that those proph- ter of the Epistle to the Romans, to which tribes are. The result is, that they are the ecies which foretell their restoration, will Mr Smith reters, teaches, as we suppose, American Indians. Many of our readers also be literally fulfilled.
that if they do not still continue in unbe- will recollect that this opinion was advancThis is very plausible reasoning, but not lief, they will, after a considerable period, ed by Mr Adair, an English trader among quite so conclusive as it at first appears. be grafted into the Christian Church ; but the North American Indians, about fifty The prophecies relating to the advent of this is quite ansther thing from being re-es- years ago. It was defended by him, and the Lord were totally misunderstood by the tablished in Palestine, and assuming the afterwards by Dr Boudinot, with consideraJewish Church which received them, and precedency among all the nations who com- ble ingenuity. There are so many remarkwhich came to its end at the time of his pose the Christian Church. It now becomes ble coincidences between the religious and advent. They were understood to speak of highly questionable whether, in the sense civil institutions and languages of the Inthe restoration of Israel; but the dispersion of the terms Judah and Israel, commonly dians and those of the Hebrews, as to form of the two remaining tribes followed. The used in the prophecies of the Old Testa- a very interesting subject of inquiry. We existing Christian Church believes that ment, that nation did not cease to exist must notice a few of these, and advise. when the millennium arrives,-the second when their city was destroyed; and wheth- those of our readers who happen to have a advent of the Lord,—the children of Israel er, with respect to the fulfilment of those taste for such things, to examine the whole. will be restored to their promised land. prophecies which relate to the establish- It is, however, first to be remarked, that We may hence, in the same way, infer ment of a future Church, any are to be after the ten tribes were captured, they that the present Church is also mistaken; reckoned Jews except those who are so in were settled by Salmanezer in Media; and and that probably at this period, that peo- the heart—and these, it is said, may be that in 2 Esdras, xiii. chapter, there is an ple will suffer some additional judgment, from any nation under heaven. There is account of their leaving Medii and journey. and, perhaps, cease to retain their distinct not wanting evidence that the Jews are ing for a year and a half, until they came national character. We do not state this about abandoning their distinctive charac- to a country where never man dwelt. This as good and convincing logic; but as an ter; and we regard the late change which account is supposed to imply that they diargument somewhat after Mr Smith's style, the Polish Jews have made, in adopting the rected their course northeasterly, towards and quite as conclusive as that above day of the Christian Sabbath instead of Bhering’s Strait. Some of the Indians, quoted.
Saturday, as having a direct tendency to also, have a tradition that their forefathers No one needs to be informed that the this event.
came from a far country-performing a terms Judah, Israel, Ephraim, Canaan, Je- This is a mere outline of an objection, long journey, and crossing a great river rusalem, and others used in the prophecies which we think deserved Mr Smith's atten- towards the north-west of America. They which relate to this subject, are nearly sy- tion. That the true mode of interpreting say also, that God once chose their nation nonymous with the Church. They are used the prophecies is certainly little under to be a peculiar people; that he gave them in both Testaments, as well when the stood at the present day, this gentleman a book; that some of their forefathers prophecies relate to the Christian Church will hardly deny; he tried his hand at it could foretell future events. They count as when they relate to the seed of Abra- some years ago; and his system received a time like the Hebrews; keep a variety of ham. In describing those qualities which quietus in the death of Buonaparte, which similar feasts, in one of which a bone of an constitute the Church with man, or, in might have taught him to moderate the in- animal must not be broken ; and they never other words, which constitute men mem- tensity of his confidence in such opinions. eat the hollow of the thigh of any animal. bers of the Church, sometimes one of the But he still maintains boldly, that these in their temples,—such as they are,-is above terms is used, and sometimes anoth- prophecies respecting the restoration of the their holy of holies, into which it is death er,—the different names probably referring Jews, aud the millennium, must be fulfilled for a common person to enter. They have to qualities somewhat different. Agreeably about this time. We must be permitted to an imitation of the ark of the covenant, to this figurative language employed in de- say, that to our ears the trumpet gives an where are deposited their most sacred scribing the Church, and used, indeed, by uncertain sound; and before we make any things; and common people may not look Christians of every persuasion at this day, preparation for battle, we must see a more into it. Their males must all appear at every real Christian is said to be of the competent chief to lead us on.
the temple at three noted feasts in a year. seed of Abraham. Those prophecies which We have devoted more attention to this They give a pretty correct account of the had a primary reference to the consumma- argument than we intended, and shall have flood, and of the confusion of languages ; tion and devastation of the Jewish dispen- room to notice but one more. It is deriv- and say with regard to the longevity of the sation existing at the time they were re- ed from the fact, that the Hebrews have ancients, that “they lived till their feet vealed, were necessarily fulfilled in relation never really possessed the whole of the were worn out with walking, and their to those who were literally denominated promised land. Solomon acquired a sort of throats with eating.” They have places Israel and Judah; but those which, speak- supremacy over it, but it was never fully answering to the cities of refuge in Israel, ing of Israel and Judah, relate, in fact, occupied by this nation. The inference is, in which no blood is ever shed by an to the establishment, the condition, and that it is still to be possessed by them. An avenger. progress of another Church, cannot be ex- obvious, but not the only answer to this is, Various degrees of credit are due to pected to have their fulfilment with any that the divine promises are to be under the authorities on which Mr S. relies to peculiar reference to that nation, because stood as in some degree conditional. They | support these assertions; but perhaps some
sort of authority may be found for all of people, nor that they originated with them. | lects and the Hebrew have a still greater them. But these are not half the traditions Other nations probably had many that were agreement than has been shown; but we
and customs which Mr Smith adduces in similar, as, perhaps, every nation has re- may still inqure, whether they were not all * support of his opinion, and many of the garded with reverence moral rules and derived from some other language. others are almost equally remarkable. principles similar to those given on Mount The fourth chapter of Mr Smith's book
Another important argument is the sup- Sinai. Neither does it appear that the contains an exposition of the eighteenth posed similarity of their language to the Jewish Scriptures were the first that God chapter of Isaiah. He formerly supposed
Hebrew. In the names appropriated to the gave to men; on the contrary, there is that the people here addressed was the 13 Deity there is a very striking resemblance; strong proof that parts of the first books British nation; but thinking, perhaps from
and also in a great number of other words were compiled from earlier Scriptures ; and national pride, that so important a part of s and phrases. In several examples the the ancestors of the Indians might have the world as the United States have bethey agreement is exact; and some gentlemen had a “ Book,” without being Hebrews.*
come, must surely have been noticed by the 1. of considerable learning, bave expressed an It is very important to remark, that the seers into futurity, he has become satis
opinion that the radicais of all the Indian traditions, customs, and similarities in lan- fied that we are verily the people referred languages were Hebrew.
guage, which have been mentioned, do not to by the prophet, who have so much to do Z We can state no more of the interesting all belong to any one tribe of Indians, but by way of assisting the Israelites,--that is, a facts contained in this chapter, but must they are selected from the great variety of the Indians,-to return to Palestine. We 2 suggest a few objections to the opinion that tribes of North and South America. Per- have not much respect for this fourth chap
the Indians are descendants from the ten haps every tribe has some custom, or insti- ter; others may read it, and judge of it a tribes of Israel.
tution, or expression, in common with the differently. The two tribes who are denominated Hebrews; and some of the tribes have The Appendix contains the testimonies 12 Jews, have not intermarried with other na- several. This is not so remarkable as it of many travellers respecting the charachele tions, and hence have retained their ori- at first appears. Compare the Indians with ter and customs of various Indian tribes.
ginal characteristics to the present day. the Malays, or any other nation on the It adds little to the value, and but fourteen
Their complexion and features are so sim- earth, and you will find many, perhaps as pages to the length of the book. dilar in all countries, that travellers readiiy many, points of agreement. 1. distinguish them wherever they are found. The argument derived from the similar
Their moral and intellectual peculiarities ity between the languages, does not seem The Inheritance. By the author of Maru are not less striking, and no one needs to to us of greater weight. Many of the lan- riage. In two volumes. 12mo. Philadelphia, lame be informed what a * Jewish disposition” is. guages of the East were, in many expres- 1824.
These mental characteristics agree most sions, similar to the Hebrew. It does not This book shows that good may sometimes * perfectly with those of the Hebrew nation, appear that the Hebrew names for the Deo be done by flattery. In the conclusion to
from the earliest periods of its history. We ity were peculiar to that language, or that “ The Tales of my Landlord,” « Marriage” ja can hardly avoid the inference, that the they primarily belonged to it. We have and its author are spoken of in much highEN
Jews are now quite similar to what the He- not had evidence yet, to satisfy us, that er terms than we (and we have read “ Marbrew nation was generally, in character- more of the radicals of the Indian lan- riage” twice over), think any of its readers istics both of mind and body.
guages than of the English, are Hebrew; would echo. But the author, it seems, incitThe American Indians, having had no in- and we see no reason why there may not ed by such praise, has written “ The Inhertercourse with other nations, have had be as many: Besides, one of our best au- itance,” which is not only very well worth every advantage for retaining the charac- thorities, Molina, says, “ As far as we have reading from the amusement which it will teristics of their ancestors. We find among been able to discover, the radical Chilian afford, but must, we think, prove instructive them a remarkable similarity of features, words have no analogy with those of any to all who are capable of inderstanding the of complexion, and of general disposition. other known idiom." The Chilian, or lessons which it powerfully inculcates. This Climate and local circumstances produce Araucanian, is, doubtless, by far the most work does not, like “Discipline,” purport slight varieties; but whoever has seen one perfect Indian language. In a few respects to be decidedly a religious tale; nor does American Indian, will distinguish every it agrees with the Hebrew, and also in some it, like that admirable production, bear its one that he afterwards sees.
Even their respects with several other languages. moral impressed on every page; it takes a languages are said to have a great affinity; There are many words in the vocabularies wider view of life and manners, and the as great, perhaps, as there is between the of that language, which were made before author sketches many scenes, some humourSaxon and the English.
they could have derived the words from the ous, and some grave, from which may be Now, the features of Jews and Indians Spaniards, which agree exactly with the learned lessons like those which Miss Edgehave almost nothing in common; their Greek, and also many agreeing with the worth aims to teach,-lessons of manners complexions are widely different, and their Latin. See History of Chili, Vol. 2, p. 287. and morals, and of plain, practical comleading mental characieristics have as little On the whole, we do not find evidence that mon sense, in the conduct of our own afagreement.
These facts appear to us to any one of the Indian languages affords more fairs, and in our intercourse with mankind. furnish a stronger argument against their examples of coincidence with the Hebrew, Through all these descriptions a strong unhelonging to the Hebrew nation, than any than the Chilian—the principal language der-current of religious feeling is perceptiwe have seen in favour of it. Now it is of South America-atfords of coincidence ble, and the impression which is produced far easier to account for the Indians having with the Greek or Latin. We will not assert even by the liveliest of them, is, that many things in common with the Hebrews, that no such evidence exists, for we have though good sense may teach us to avoid, without supposing them to be of the same not thought it necessary to examine all the in society, the errors and follies which are nation, than it is to explain how such dif- works which might have thrown some light satirized, yet it is only by the influence of ferences as we have mentioned, exist be- upon this subject. We shail not be sur- religion on the life, that a character can be tween two branches of the same family, prised, if it be proved that the Indian dia. formed to render a man habitually at ease neither of which has intermarried with other nations.
* We suppose it to he conceded by all Biblical with himself, and useful and agreeable to We should infer from all the facts that duced the most satisfactory proof in support of his critics, as an ascertained fact, that Eichhorn has ad- all around him.
The story of this novel is a very simple are stated, that the Indians were of Asiatic hypothesis respecting the origin of the Hebrew and trite one. Mr St Clair, of a noble origin, and most probably they were from Scriptures ; viz. that Moses copied, or compiled, or Scottish family, a younger son of the Earl the western part of Asia. We have no borrowed, the earlier chapters of Genesis, from of Rossville, married a woman of a someevidence that the customs and institutions previous Scriptures, written or traditional. of the Hebrews, which were sanctioned by division between these extracts with great Jis wife, obliged to live in France on a small
many of our readers must be aware, he marks the what lower rank in life, and was, with his divine authority, were all peculiar to that i tinctness.
pension allowed him from his family. He
had no child for many years, and, in the number, a little ;-and, though last, not family is exquisite satire, and we shall ex. meantime, all his brothers died without least, there is Edward Lindsay, the hero of tract nearly the whole of it. issue, save the eldest, who was also child- the tale, an elegant, quiet, sober-minded,
The first appearance of the Holm was highly less. Just as he is making preparations to sensible Christian. There are several oth- prepossessing. It was a large, handsome-looking return to Scotland, his wife presents him er characters, among the rest Lewiston, house, situated in a well-wooded park, by the side with a daughter, and his own ill health through whose agency the heroine is de- of a broad placid river, and an air of seclusion and compels him still to remain in France. At prived of her ill-used rank and wealth, but stillness reigned all around, which impressed the length, after languishing many years he they are more slightly sketched, and we rior of the house was no less promising--there was
mind with images of peace and repose. The inte dies, and his widow and daughter, accepting should unnecessarily encumber our col- a spacious hall and a handsome stair-case, with all an invitation from the Earl, arrive at his umns by naming them. Of all the char- appliances to boot-but as they approached the castle in Scotland. In the course of the acters, those of Miss Pratt and Edward drawing-room, all the luxurious indolence of thought ** St Clair succeeds to the title and estates. though, as we before hinted, Miss Pratt is issued from thence, and, when the door was thrown year the Earl also dies suddenly, and Miss Lindsay, are, perhaps, the best sustained; inspired by the tranquillity of the scenery, was
quickly dispelled by the discordant sounds which After living awhile the reputed Countess of occasionally beginning to be wearisome. open, the footman in vain attempted to announce Rossville, a relative of her nurse, who by The story is well told, so well indeed, the visiters. In the middle of the room all the treachery is possessed of the secret, ac- that though practised novel readers will chairs were collected to form a coach and horses quaints her that she is not the daughter of soon perceive what the catastrophe must for the Masters and Misses Fairbairn.--One unruly Mr St Clair, but a supposititious child ; the be, yet they will not tire of leisurely reading with all his might-another acted as guard Behind,
looking urchin sat in front, cracking a long whip reputed Countess immediately proclaims it, chapter by chapter, to the end. The and blew a shrill trumpet with all his strengththe discovery, and renounces her title and style has no affectation, no poniposity, no while a third, in a night-cap and flannel lappet, who the estates. Luckily, however, a rich old over-wrought elegance, but is perfectly baci somewhat the air of having quarrelled with the uncle receives her into his protection, and clear, and we are not induced to read a
rest of the party, paraded up and down, in solitary the novel closes, as all novels should do, single sentence over again, either to find majesty, beating a drum. On a sofa sat Mrs Fair
bairn, a soft, fair, genteel-looking woman, with a happily. This is, indeed, a very brief ab- out the meaning, or to admire the beauty crying child of about three years old at her side
, stract of the story, for we have omitted to of its structure. Our readers will natu- tearing paper into shreds, seemingly for the delight state that the heroine-as all heroines rally expect some extracts; but we are of littering the carpet, which was already screwed must-falls in love ; but unlike most other puzzled what to choose. Where all is so with beadless dolls
, tailless horses, wheelless carts,
&c. heroines, is deserted by her lover, when he good, it is difficult to make a selection.
As she arose to receive her visiters it began discovers his mistake as to her quality; and We have seen many attempts to ridicule
I'm not going away, Charlotte, love-don't be the discovery of his meanness, coupled with the fashion of giving high sounding names frightened,' said the fond mother, with a look of inthe loss of her supposed rank and property, to children; but we recollect no one bet. effable pleasure. subdue her mind, and finally dispose her ter than the following.
You no get up--you shan't get up,' screamed to love the man whom in the days of her But the outraged mother turned towards Mr
Charlotte, seizing her mother's gown fiercely to de
tain her. prosperity she had slighted. She marries, Ramsay.—I am come, uncle, to make a request in
“My darling, you'll surely let me go to speak to and her first lover having fallen in a duel, the name of my little Miss, who we must really uncle--good uncle, who brings you pretty things her husband succeeds as the next heir of think of having christened some of these days. As you know ;-but, during this colloquy, uncle and the house of Rossville ;-thus, she is again have it done according to that service; and we mother, and the bustle of a meeting and introduc
the Major is an Episcopalian, we will, of course, ihe ladies had made their way to the enthralled a Countess, but thoroughly reformed by her hope you will kindly officiate as god-father upon tion was got over. Chairs were obtained by the trials. the occasion.'
footman with some difficulty, and placed as close There are many subordinate characters, At this proposal uncle Adam looked "black as and all of them well sustained. There is night, fierce as ten furies;" and he seemed on the to the mistress of the house as possible, aware, that the Earl himself, self-conceited, tyrannical, denly checking himself, he said, in one of his question and answer amid the tumult that reign
point of uttering some awful anathema, when, sud- otherwise, it would not be easy to carry on even pompous, and dull; his nephew Mr Del- alarmingly mild tones, "I've nae objections
You find us rather noisy, I am afraid,' said Mrs mour, whom, by the way, he intends for the -provided I'm to ha'e the bairn called after me. husband of his heiress—the very counter
Mrs Waddell was confounded. On the one hand, dently meant the reverse ; but this is Saturday,
Fairbairn with a smile, and in a manner which evipart of the Earl. There is Col. Delmour, that was all but declaring the child his heir; on and the children are all in such spirits, and they brother of the Mr of that name, the polite, appellation for a young lady. But then a movea- crack your whip quite so loud-there's a good boy
the other, Adam Waddell was rather an uncouth won't stay away from me-Henry, my dear, don't fashionable, witty, and selfish lover of the ble tail might be tacked to Adam;-she might be heiress. Mr Adam Ramsay, a queer, testy, Adam to him, and Adamine, or Adamella, or Ad- London ; and he's so proud of it! - William, my
—that's a new whip his papa brought him from rich, old bachelor, who is a miser, despis- amintha, to the rest of the world; and Mrs Major darling, don't you think your drum must be tired ing riches, the uncle who adopts Miss St inwardly chuckled at the proposal, though she reClair in her misfortunes. Mr Black, a solved at the same time, to enhance the value of the now ? --If I were you I would give it a rest
. - Alconcession. She therefore said-
exander, your trumpet makes rather too much gentleman farmer, and nothing else, and • Why, to tell you the truth, uncle, I had fixed in till you go out-there's my good boy, and then
noise--one of these ladies has got a headache-wait his wife, who is a wife fit for such a man. my own mind to have our little miss called after you'll blow it at the cows and the sheep, you know, Major Waddell and Mrs Major Waddell, a the Major, alt) he declares she must be nam- and frighten them--Oh! how you'll frighten them very loving and foolish pair. Mr Augustus ed after me; but I think. Andromache is such a with it Larkins, a cockney, and his lady, a would- beautiful name, and so off the common* Andrew Mackaye's a very gude name for her, the horses, because then they'll think it's the mail
No, I'll not blow it at the cows;—I'll blow it af be blue stocking. Mrs Fairbairn, a mother
to be sure,' said uncle Adam, gravely. and nothing but a mother,-and of course
coach !--And he was running off, when Henry
Good gracious, uncle! such a way a bad one,-and her husband, Mr Fairbairn, ing Andromache! However, I shall give up all jumped down from the coach-box. < who was simply Mr Fairbairn, the noun thoughts of that, since you are so anxious to have trumpet, for I shall frighten them with my whip
No, but you shan't frighten them with your masculine of Mrs Fairbairn, and the father our missy named after you of her children." There is Mrs St Clair,
Weel,' said uncle Adain, with a savage smile Mamma, aren't horses best frightened with a whip? 'that's a' settled, for you'll no object to a bit tri
--and a struggle ensued. an over-polite, insinuating, contriving, fling addition to the name, for it's rather short and frighten them,' cried their mamma.
Well, don't fight, my dears, and you shall both heartless, selfish, wicked woman. There are pookit--isna't?' Miss Black and her sister, quiet humble •Why, to tell the truth, I think it is, and an ad- I shall do it,' cried both together, as they rushed out
• No, I'm determined he shan't frighten them; spuls, whose only hope is in the world to dition would certainly be an improvement-Adam- of the room, and the drummer was preparing to
intha, for instance.' come, wliile, in sickness and distress, they
• I like a name that has some meaning in't, and cheersully perform all their duties in this. the name that ye’re to ca’ your bairn after me maun
• William, my darling, don't you go after thes There is Miss Pratt, the very antipodes of be Adamant ; for I can tell baith you aud her, that naughty boys; you know they're always very bed the Earl, a visiting, gossiping, fast-talking Adamant you'll find nie to the last generation o' coach with your drum.--Here William began te
to you. You know they wouldn't let you into their lady, who annoys the Earl superlatively, you.'
:-Well, never mind, you shall have a coach and every one else, ourselves among the The account of Mrs Fairbairn and her of your own-a much finer coach than theirs; I