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subsist. This we endeavoured to sprit, split him open, and divided do, but all our attempts proved his blood among us, which proved ineffectual ; and we then had no a most happy relief to us all. other resource but to chew the • On Wednesday the 24th, at lead from the bows. On Friday sun-rise, we saw a brig standing the 19th, we discovered a large towards us, which sight cheered ship to leeward, and made all the our drooping spirits, as it afforded signals we could, but in vain, for us hope of relief. We immedishe passed without noticing us. ately hoisted signals of distress;

On Saturday the 20th, a strong and had the pleasure to find the breeze springing up, with a heavy brig haul up towards us. At ten sea running, several kegs of butter A. M. she hove-to, hoisted ber boat came up from the fore-castle: we out to our assistance, and we were all immediately plunged in on the taken on board the vessel, which deck, and were so fortunate as to proved to be the Snow Thames, of save five keys of salt-butter, one London, Charles Burton master, of which was immediately opened, from Madeira, bound to New Proand we fed one another; but we vidence. We were at that time found that the salt-butter, instead in the most feeble and emaciated of relieving, only increased our , condition possible for living men thirst.

to be; but we soon began to re• On Sunday the 21st, Jacob vive, as we received every assiste Oldenburgh, the mate, became ance and attention from the hudelirious, and continued so till his mapity of the captain, his officers, death, on the 23d. On the same and passengers. day (the 21st) a schooner passed

• THOMAS BURROWS.' us to leeward, within less than a mile. We hoisted all the signals The Bahama Chamber of Com." we could inake, but without effect, merce, in testimony of the humanthough we could see every man on ity and active exertions of captain deck.

Burton on this occasion, passed On Tuesday the 23d, the mate the following vote of thanks to departed this life from want of him :subsistence; and as we were reduced to the last 'extremity from 'Resolution of the Bahama Chamwant of water and food, it was

ber of Commerce. agreed to eat his flesh for our own' preservation. We accordingly dis- Chamber of Commerce, held on

At a meeting of the Bahama sected him, and drank his blood the 16th of November, 1804, among us, from which we found considerable relief. At this time • Resolved, we were surrounded by numerous « That the thanks of the Cham. sharks, which seemed waiting for ber be given to captain Charles us; and, as Providence directed Burton, of the Snow Thames of

when in the greatest distress, al- my best wishes for your future most in the middle of the ocean; success and happiness in life. and that the same be transinitted

I am, sir, by the president,

Your most humble servant, J. WEBSTER, President.'


President of the chamber Letter from Mr. J. Webster, pre- Captain Charles Burton,

of commerce : sident of the Bahama Chamber

Thames of London. of Commerce, to captain Charles Burton, with a copy of the above resolution.

REFLECTIONS en AUTHORS. New Providence, Dec. 31, 1804.

[By the late Mt. Cowper.] Sir,

CARACCIOLI says there is • The Chamber of Commerce of something very bewitching in authe Bahama islands, ever ready to thorship; and that he who has bear testimony of the meritorious once written will write again I conduct of individuals anywise con- can subscribe to the former part çerped in commerce, did, at their of his assertion from my own qnarterly meeting, on the 16th ul- experience, having never found timo, resolre unanimously, that the an amusement among the many I thanks of theChamber be conveyed bave been obliged to have reto you for your humanity in pick course to that so well answered ing up, and bringing to this port, the purpose for which I used the master and surviving part of it.

The quiet and composing the crew of the American brig effect of it was such, and so toFlora, of Philadelphia, whereof tally absorbed have I sometimes Thomas Burrows was master, when been in my rhyming occupation, in the greatest distress, almost in that neither the past nor the futhe middle of the ocean.

ture had any longer a share in my * Although in this instance you contemplation. For this reason did nothing more than what was I wish, and have often wished, due, and ought to have been ex- since the fit left me, that it would pected from one individual to suf- seize me again : but, hitherto, I fering brethren of the same profes- have wished it in vain. I see no şion under similar circumstances, want of subjects, but I feel a total yet it must be allowed that few inability to discuss them. Whemen would have exercised the hu- ther it is thus with other writers manity you did to those unfortu or not I am ignorant, but I should nate people when at the point of suppose my case, in this respect, death, and that to your care and a little peculiar. The volumi-, attention, after they were received nous writers, at least, whose vein on board the Thames, inay be at- of fancy seems also to have been tribrated the preservation of their rich iu proportion to their occalives.

sions, cannot have been so unlike A copy of the resolution of the 'and so unequal to themselves. Chamber I herewith transmit to There is this difference between you with great pleasure; and I my poētship and the generality of request, sir, that you will accept them-thcy -have been ignorant

how much they stood indebted to the princess of Wales is situated an almighty Power for the exer on Blackheath, adjoining to Greeiicise of those talents they have sup- wich Park, and the view now giran posed their own : whereas I know, looks into the Park. The front I know most perfectly, I am per- is thickly embowered witb trees, haps to be taught it to the last, so as nearly to obscure the build. that my power to think, whatever ing from public view. It is a collit be, and consequently my power pound of irregular architecture, to compose, is, as much as my out, and though plain in its outside, is ward form, afforded to ne by the fired up with great symmetry and same hand that makes me in any beauty internally, and reflects respect to differ from a brute. inuch credit to her royal highness'

A serious poem is like a swan, it judyinent and taste. The gardens, fies heavily and never far; but a conservatory, &c. are at once sima jest has the wings of a swallow, ple and elegant. The situation that never tire, and that carry it of this villa is charmingly central into every nook and corner. I am for variety of excursions round the perfectly' a stranger to the recep- adjacent country which offers a tion that my volume * meets with, pleasing variety of bill and dale. and I beliere in respect to my non It is at a convenient distance from chalance upon that subject, if au the metropolis, and its vicinity to thors would but copy so fair an ex that noble building, Greenwich ample, I am a most exemplary Hospital, the Park, and the macharacter. I must tell you, never- jestic and busy River Thames, theless, that although the laurels. render it delightful. Near this I gain at Olney will never minister spot, opposite Conduit Vale, is inuch to my pride, I have acquired an eminence called the Point, some-The reverend Mr. Smis forming a most pleasing situation my admirer, and thinks my second for a promenade, which equals, it volume superior to my first. It not excels, any part so near Lone ought to be so. If we do not im don for a bold and extensive pro. prove by practice, then nothing spect. can mend us; and a man has no At her royal highness' mansion, more cause to be mortified at being

find every relief and entold that he has excelled bimself, couragement: and the rising gethan the elephant had whose praise neration of both sexes around this it was that he was the greatest hall of hospitality have abundant elephant in the world, except him- ' reason to bless the royal and geneself.

rous benefactress, who not only supplies their present wants, but

amply contributes to their future DESCRIPTION of the VILLA of her welfare by providing for then the

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little walks, with a view to rouse

and disengage my attention from HARRIET VERNON; an unpleasant subject. Mrs. Wil

son seemed to acquiesce in this

with readiness, and sometimes, (as CHARACTERS FROM REAL LIFE. did in general, Maria,) joined us.

A few days since, on my return A NOVEL:

from a ride with Mr. Wilson, I In a Series of Letters.

was surprised to find Marja in

tears, and Mrs. Wilson traversing BY A LADY.

the room in much disorder.

When Mr. Wilson and I enter(Continued from p. 641.) ed Here they are,' said she,

now answer for yourselves. Mr.

Wilson, have you not withdrawn LETTER XLII.

your affections from me, and fixed

them on that girl ? Yes, I saw Miss H. Vernon to Miss West. it long ago; I am not a fool; I


eyes and ears. Begone from I THANK you, my dear Susan, my house,' said she to me, ' you for your kind, consoling letter. I have acted a base part by me. feel myself mend every day, and • Dear Madam, said I, what were l in comfortable circumstan- do you mean??' ces, no doubt my late disappoint Leave my sight,' replied she. ment would soon cease to affect I was terrified to death, and ran me. That I loved Mr. Beaumont out of the room. Maria followed, is certain, but the discovery of his and uot knowing what we did, we baseness could not fail to oblite- set to packing up our clothes, to rate my affection; and the happy go we knew not where. We had escape I have had can leave no

not, however, proceeded far before other emoțion but gratitude to Mrs. Wilson's maid came to say Providence and my deliverer., I her mistress wanted to speak with will quit this subject, having us. I treinbled so that I could others to write of in which I am hardly stand, and begged Maria to more immediately interested. I attend her alone. •By no means,' know not what will become of me; she said, . conscious of innocence,

am an outcast, I think. You what had I to fear; or why remay reçollect my having mention- gard her passions and absurdities ed Mrs. Wilson's behaviour to Toavoid her sight might give cause wards me as unkind and unaccounts for suspicion.'-I saw the propriable for some time past; a few days .ety of this, and went with her, since the mystery was unravelled. expecting nothing less than a reMr. Wilson, who has always be- petitim of what she had before haved to both of us in a most said. friendly and kind manner, thought We were surprised to see her proper, at seeing me unwell and cool and composed. I am very dejected, (as how, for some time, sorry,' said she, • for what I have could I be otherwise,) to take me in any passion said, but I am now out on horseback, and proposed cool, and you must excuse my Vol. XXXVIII.

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little pets. I did not mean to stay, and I believe with sincerity, affront you, I am sure; I have a but I tell him it is out of the great regard for you both, but I question, after what has passed. am not well; one is not in temper I will now inform you of the always.'

particulars of a visit which Maria I scarcely knew how to answer and I paid yesterday to our cousin this unexpected and silly speech. Meadows; for as by her connexAt length I said · I was preparing ions she was able to assist in proto leave her house by her orders, curing a situation, we thought it though I knew not where to go.' prudent to consult her. Indeed I

• I shall be very much affronted considered it not unlikely that she if you do so,' said she. “Come, might choose to retain me herself coine, you must not bear malice; as a companion to her daughters, you must both of you stay and or in some other way. We found live with me, I cannot do without her sitting with her daughters at you.'

work. On our entrance none of • I hope I shall never bear ma- the party arose from their seats, or lice, madam; but after wliat has took any notice of us but by a passed, it is impossible that I can bow of the head. live here. If you will permit me I thought you had left the to stay, until I can procure a situ- country before this time,' said ation of some kind or other to sup- Mrs. Meadows. port me respectably, it is all I • We should not have done that, wish for, and I make no doubt madam, without waiting on you.' but my friends will soon find me -A silence of five minutes enone.'

sued. • Well, if you are set upon it, it * Mr. and Mrs. Wilson desire must be so, though I had rather to be remembered to you,' said you staid with me.'

Maria. Strange, capricious woman! Any • Oh! I suppose my sister is thing would I suffer rather than much in the same way, all over be subject to the whims and insults aches and pains :'--the young ones of such a temper.

tittered her young husband has As I was now convinced that not cured her I fancy.”—The pert she really meant nothing by what girls now laughed outright at their she had said respecting Mr. Wil- mother's wit-she went on. “ She son, my mind was relieved; for, was resolved my children should however innocent I felt inyself, I not be the better for her; I hear could not but be shocked and the man took care to have every concerned at the suggestion. She thing settled on him you see.' has ever since behaved very well, Maria said we knew nothing of and affects to be sorry, or perhaps her affairs. really is so, that I am to leave her. "No child, I dare say you do Maria continues with her, but her not, and you will never be the favours are held on so precarious a better for her I can answer; she is footing, that no person can depend not over fond of giving, I can tell on their continuance. There is no alteration in Mr. Wilson's beha María said we did not expect

viour to me, but I am more re- aný particular favour, and were | served to him. He urges me to looking out for a situation to sup

you that,'

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