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dark night, under Russian colours, from the lights which surrounded as a sign of peace. When floating the bottom of the balloon. high in the air, above the multi "I was to have been accompatude of admiring spectators, a nied by M. De Chassenton; but flight of sky-rockets were dis- the aerial storm, which continually charged at him, which, he says, increased until the moment of my broke into sparks, hardly rising to departure, gave ine reason to aphis vision from the earth; and prehend such a disaster as Mr. Paris, with all its blaze of reflect- Blanchard, and another aeronaut, iog lamps, appeared to him but met with in Ilolland. M. De like a spot-like the Pleiniles, for Chassenton was actually in the instance, to the naked eye. He boat. I must bear witness to his gained an elevation, he says, of determination ; for I am convinced 3000 toises, and speaks with en that nothing could have made this thusiasm of bis seeing the sun rise young man, remarkable for his at that height. After a flight of merit, quit the boat, if the wellseven hours and a hall, he de- grounded apprehension which I scended near Rheims, 45 leagues entertained, of seeing him exposed from Paris.

to certain destruction, had not suggested to me the idea of declaring to hin, that the balloon

was not capable of carrying up two Of his second aerial ascension

persons. by night, which proved so peril

It was thus, in the most ad. ous, M. GARNERIN has published verse weather, and exposed to the the following account :-

greatest opposition and the tumult • My second aerial journey hy of a cabal, the head of which it is night will not afford an opportu- tasy to guess at, that I ascended nity for the brilliant narratives from Tivoli, at half past ten o'clock which I have had occasion to make on the night of the zist Septemin the course of my forty preced- her. An exampled rapidity of ing ascensions. I shall not have ascension, but extremely necessary to describe the majestic appear- to prevent ine from coming in conances which nature continually of- tact with the adjoining houses, fers to the eyes of an aeronaut who raised me above the clouds, and in ascends in favourable weather. I a few minutes carried me to an can only give a narrative of an immense height, the extent of aerial tempest which was nigh which I cannot precisely ascertain, terminating in shipwreck.

on account of the dangers and em• The obstacles which the wind barrassments which suddenly afcaused to the inflation of the bal- fected my imagination, and preloon sufficiently apprized me of vented me from observing the dethe approach of the storm ; and to clension of the mercury in the bathe difficulties of the weather was rometer.. Elevated in an instant added the turbulence of a party, to the frozen regions, the balloon by which I was prevented from became subject to a degree of explacing the cord of the valve, so as pansion which inspired me with the to regulate the tube, which, in greatest apprehension. There was case of expansion, was to conduct no alternative between certain the gas into a direction different death and giving instant vent to Vol. XXXVIII.

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the gas; and this at the risk of thunder, and at a moment which I seeing the balloon take fire. I supposed would be my last, that I gradually opened with one hand planted upon this celebrated mounan orifice of about two feet diame- tain the Eagle of Napoleon joined ter, by which the gas escaped in to that of Alexander. large volumes, while, with the • I was carried away for some other, I extinguished as many of time longer by gusts of wind, but the lights as I could. During this fortunately some peasants came to effort I several times was my assistance at the moment that overbalancing myself, and falling the anchor hooked in a tree. They out of the boat.

took hold of the cords which hung · Deprived of the opportunity from the balloon, and landed me of regulating the valve, my bal- in a forest upon the side of a mounloon, like a ship without a rudder, tain, at half-past five in the momfinated in the air, obeying the in- ing, seven hours and a half after fluence of the temperature, the my departure, and more than 100 winds, and the rain. Whenever leagues distant froin Paris. They the force of these inade me de- took me to Clausen, in the canton scend, the storm, which kept still of Waldfischbach, and department. increasing, obliged me to throw of Mont Tonnerre. M. Cesar, a out ballast, for the purpose of a man of information, and Mayor of voiding it, and escaping from im- the neighbouring town, came and minent shipwreck. At length, at offered me every assistance in his four o'clock in the morning, after power, and at my request drew up having been almost continually a narrative, of which he gave me a enveloped in thick clouds, through copy. which I could seldom see the moon, I was splendidly entertained all the means of supporting myself the next day at Deux Ponts by a in the air were exhausted. What- society of friends of the arts, conever skill I possessed was no longer sisting of public functionaries, the of use to me. My heat several officers of the 12th regiment of times struck against the ground Cuirassiers, and the members of and rebounded thence. The tem- the lodye of freemasons. pest often drove me against the

· GARNERIX, sides and tops of mountains. Whenever my anchor caught in a tree, the balloon was so violently

To the Editor of the Lady's agitated by the wind, that I ex

MAGAZINE. perienced all the inconvenience of à violent sea-sickness. Plunged

Sır, at one tiine to the bottom of a pre

THERE can be no doubt but cipice, in another instant after I that you will readily allow me the ascended, and acquired a new ele- opportunity of saying a few words vation. The violence of the con- in reply to the letter of Mr. W. cussions exhausted my strength, M.T. inserted in your last number. and I lay for half an hour in the As the gentleman has given himboat in a state of insensibility. self the trouble (which, by the During this tempest I recovered; bye, he remarks they scarcely I perceived Mont Tonnerre, and deserve) to criticise · those motly it was in the midst of crashes of and ridiculous effusions' intituled,

Walks by Messrs. John Webb, dress, It was not, however, the J. V. L, S. Y, &c.;' it becomes common kind of shower, Mr. W. necessary that an answer should M. T's language implies, that I be returned, if it is only to thank encountered; no, the (silly trick) hiin for that trouble. As an in- which I coinmitted was that of dividual I have only to answer for staying on the sea shore to con myself; and I hereby assure Mr. template Nature in her grandest

. M. T. that I feel not a single and most awful form: I beheld particle of uneasiness on account her, if I may dure to use the exof what he has said ; nor is my pression in replying to a critic, respect for that gentleman (origi- advancing towards me clad in á naily inspired by the beauty of his thunder-storm ; and I found it a truly-poetical effusions) at all di- sublime contemplation. minished; but, as he has not fairly I must here beg leave to notice stated the circumstances in the Mr. W'. M. T's putting the word only part of my · Night-Walk for small' in Italic, thereby endeaJuly' he has thought proper to vouring to insinuate it was more bring forward, it behoves me to likely a large glass of brandy that reply to that.

I drank; this is my way of underI'must previously observe that standing it, and I think it will be I am upwards of fifty miles from that of most who read the Lady's home, and have neither the manu- Magazine. I have a peculiar sascript of that Walk, nor the tisfaction in stating here, that I Magazine that contains it, with am ceriain I ain as sober a man as me; but if I remember right, I Mr. W. M. T. let him be who he stated it was owing to the sudden will. I am aware that this is of adrunce of a thunder-storm that I small consequence to the public, got completely soaked through ;' but it will go to show them that and who that has been an ob- Mr. W.M. T, with all bis friendserver of nature but must have ship for me, could not resist the found that the rapid motion of a temptation of insinuating somethunder-cloud will often deceive a thing to my personal disadrantage, man's judgment, and involve him even by so small a matter. in a shower that must wet him I must, in this place, thank Mr. through in a few seconds. Now W. M. T. for his favourable opifrom Mr. W. M. T's manner of nion of my ingenuity: as to my stating this, any one, who had not employing that ingenuity in a perused the 'Walk,'would suppose way more likely to add to my rethat I had remained stupidly gaz- putation, I can only say that my ing at black clouds till the shower reputation, as a writer, is not of came on, that I might afterward any great importance to me; I have the pleasure of telling the have always written as much for public (who certainly have nothing my own amusement as any thing to do with this, nor with nine else ; though, by my writings, I tenths of every other matter that would not wish to outrage the makes its appearance in a news common sense of the public. I paper or magazine) that I got wet shall here take occasion to say through, and for fear of taking that I am by no means a comcold drank a small glass of brandy, petent person to write with, or and changed every article of my against, Mr. W. M. T, who is

evidently, by his original pieces, and his translations, a

nian of

To the EDITOR of the LADY'S much greater learning than my

MAGAZINE. self: I am not ashamed to say that

SIR, my

education was coufined to my native language, and I do not In your last Number I observe pretend to be very grammatically a Letter of Strictures by your acquainted with that.

correspondent W. M. T ; and, \Vhat Mr. W. M. T. observes though I ain but slightly touched, on a piece called “The Stroller,' and feel very little of his critical by D. Y, perfectly and exactly rod, yet I think myself entitled to agrees with my own opinion of it.

a short hearing. With regard to the quotations As to my own trille, - The used in the Walks’, I think there Harvest Evening,' I cei tainly coge can be no doubt that if any writer sider it, in point of language, very meets with a passage in an estab. trifling indeed—and here l humbly lished author, which appears to him bow to Mr. W. M. T.--but surely to convey his own ideas better than the subject may claim a place rahe could himself express them, he ther above a 'common-place juciis not only justified in using it, dent.'. For my own part, being but is entitled to praise for so acquainted with the parties, and doing; for he may thus ylean the the scene of the catastrophe being best passages of an author for the my birth-place, I thought it very perusal of the Fair, who might affecting; and judged it an intesa otherwise perhaps never see them; esting truth for the perusal of your or if they did, must have to wade fair readers. Nor did I depend through matter not at all interest- upon my own judgment, but have ing to them, or congenial to their to boast the approbation of the lafeelings.

dies; and, like Mr. W. M. T, I I shall here conclude by assur- boldly declare that it was written ing you, sir, that, for my own part, at the desire of several of your fair I do not feel any thing like anger subscribers.' Why, then, Mr. Ediat your having inserted Mr. W. tor, should not my ladies ( your M. T's letter, the note to which fairsubscribers') be obliged, as well is more than an apology for having as those of W.M.T's? In fact, sir, done so: I only ask that this may all are not to be pleased ; and, as be also inserted; and at the same I am well assured that

you would time assure both you and Mr. W. never introduce any thing with the M. T, that whatever may be here- expectation of its being uninter after said, this letter shall be my esting to your fair readers', I trust first and last on the subject : 1 you will excuse the imperfections originally intended to finish the of my first effort, and (if it should Night-Walks with the year: with so happen) adınit my further couyour permission I intend still so to tributions whether common-place do;

and I shall then leave off incidents,' or not-so that they malking; but shall always, as an may be likely to please the maja

d correspondent, consider my- rity. sell, Sir,

I BEG W'. M. T. will understand Your obliged and obedient, that I view his motives in their Colchester, Vov. 6, 1907. J. M. L. proper light ;' and, with all due

submission, I give him my thanks cies of inattention and unpolitefor his hints, admitting their truthness, were I not to notice the des as to the language ;-but I still clamation. Really, sir, you are think that a subject which must be a modlern Goliah in literature, read with some degree of sympathy (y cleped a critic') and it must by all who are capable of feeling require a great many little Davids for the misfortunes of mankind, and modern Josephs to contend will be always suited to the taste with you! It is a wonder, sir, you and the feelings of a British FE- had not added--I was a poltroon MALE.

of a Joseph !you must have Having intruded thus far, I really forgot it-pray try again! hope you will give me a place in I expected to have found my your next number, and remain, Walks' completely drinolished Sir,

the trunk of the old tre rent

asunder! your cloul of scandal to Your obedient servant, very

have darkened the peeping ray of

W.II. Aurora !--and enveloped the whole Reigate, Nov. 10, 1807.

in oblivion !--Four steps, sir; are crippled, you crossed my path upon the crutches of criticisi!, and yet, methinks, you was not carried

clean over! To W. M. T.

It is hard to deline, but I think

I see you surrounded by a few SIR,

antiguated females, as srirrilous, WE have a curious instance of peevish, and as frigid as yourself. literary valour in Claude Terllon, Methinks I see you poring over who was both a poet and a warrior. the pages of the Lady's Magazine, By way of preface to his poems he and every article that comes pot in informs the critics that if any at- contact with your groveling ideas tempt to censure him he will only you pollute with the breath of scurcondescend to answer him sword in rillity. I should hope my obambuhand.'

lation is not so offensive to the Though I do not wholly disclaim generality of the fair readers, as this mode, yet, as my pen lies first, you and your peevish few wish to I will, with your permission, (and announce it. with the indulgence of the editor) We are told that 'criticism is a flourish that at you. But you study by which men grow importa must know, sir, that neither my ant at a very small expense; and natural or acquired abilities enable he whom nature has made weak, me to bully, so you must not ex and idleness keeps ignorant, may

well support his vanity by the You will understand that your name of a critic;'-and we are sarcasms will not intimidate me likewise informed that Diogenes from declaring my sentiments. expressed his astonishment at the Upon my word you have thrown folly of critics in tormenting the gauntlet of scurrillity with a themselves so much to discover all vengeance ! and I should esteem the woes which Ulysses had sufa myself equally meriting the cen- fered, whilst their own miseries sure, and guilty of a flagrant spe- attracted none of their attention!

pect it.

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