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companions they are certainly far so richly merit, and as we are certain their superiors.
that our fair Readers will ever be The accommodation, in every re stow their admiration, and, in the spect, is better now than at any for- event of their 'fall; the tenderest mer period. The Edinburgh inns coinmiseration, on their gallant deand hotels equal those of any city in fenders, we here insert some brief noelegance and ready service; and if tices of two spirited and able officers, the manners of the people are not who have lately fallen heroically in 80 perfect as might be wished, they the service of their king and country. are at least as good as could be expected in a city where wealth and
Colonel Vassall, the gallant hero luxury give so many temptations to who so gloriously fell at the assault corruption and vice. The gentleman of 1753 seems to
on Monte Video, leading on the
brave thirty-eighth, was one of the have been so much under the restraint of rules, which regulated all younger sons of the late American
loyalist of that name, who rehis periods of amusement,
as to leave mained in America to the last mo. him very little exercise of thought,
ment that he could assist the royal or allow him little liberty of con
cause.-- When a further struggle for sulling his own ease. In 1783 this
his king would have been ineffectual, stiffness was thrown off, ease and fa. miliarity occupied its place, but vice he sought an asylum in England, and folly seem to have predomi- ence upon a West India property,
gupporting an honourable independe nated. In 1305 this ease and free, which alone remained to him from dom of manner continues; but, to the revolution. Notwithstanding he the honour of the times, vice is not had a numerous family, and had sufso prevalent as it is related to have fered great personal losses by his been in 1733. The ladies have also adherence to the mother country, much changed since 1753, but that his high and noble spirit would not change has been for the better, At
permit him to receive any remu. that period they were good house- neration for the sacrifices which he wives and nurses, and, perhaps, no.
had małe, contenting himself with thing else; but in 1783 and 1785, receiving back from government the if they have lost something of these advances which he had made for them qualities, they have made it suffi. whilst in America. On being eart ciently up by improving themselves nestly pressed by lord George Gerin all that can be expected or wished main to bring back forward his in an interesting agreeable com- claims, he modestly answered, It panion.
shall never be said that I erbigrated from my own country to become a burthen to this.' So ardent was his
attachment to the best of kings, that COLONEL VASSALL AND CAP. his family motto beiug of the repubTAIN KENT,
lican form, he would never use it.
Such was the father, such the bright OF THE MARINES.
example of the gallant colonel Vas
sall, who has just added another name AS we would wish to contribute to the long list of British patriots our share of national gratitude, which and British heroes, who have fought brave men who nobly sacrifice their and died for their country. This lives in the defence of their country brave officer commenced his mili
tary career in the year 1779, at under the separate command of setwelve years of age, and served in veral distinguished generals, among the fifty-minth'regiment of foot at the whom were the late marquis Cornsiege of Gibraltar. He was singu- wallis, sir Ralph Abercrombie, Bea larly unfortunate in not obtaining resford, &c. &c. who knew and promotion commensurate to his un: justly appreciated his merits. disputed abilities, although he pur His private life was adorned with chased step by step ;' and it was all the virtues, all the charities. His not until early in 1800 that he ob- public life was one unbroken series tained a lieutenant-colonelcy, and in of devotion to his sovereign and 1801 he took the command of the his country He loved his family; fou thirty-eighth regiment, and went he was the best of husbands, the best with it to Ireland, to receive 1000 of parents. He loved his king, his drafts from the British militia : so kindred, his country, and his God. If active, indefatigable, and zealous he had one failing, it was a too great was he to render this regiment diffidence of his own transcendent worthy of himself, that although abilities. In him the country has fresh recruited, in the space of a lost one of its brightest ornaments, few months it was ordered by sir the army one of its choicest flowers. William Meadows on Dublin duty. But the loss of his disconsolate widow - The general was pleased to declare and the dear pledges of their mutual publicly, that the thirty-eighth was undivided love is irreparable. not excelled by any regiment in the service; and from that time to its
CAPTAIN Kent of the MARINES. saiting for the Cape it was considered the ? Crack Regiment of Ireland.The soldiers, their wives and CAPTAIN Rodolphus Kent, of the children, looked up to colonel Vas- royal marines, belonging to his masall as their father. In return for jesty's ship the Canopus, was the this affectionate confidence, his high- son of Sober Kent, esq. late mayor est felicity, next to that of serving of Cork. From his earliest youth bis country, was in attending to their he evinced a brave and enterprising wants and adding to their com- disposition, and when he was about forts, or in relieving their neces- fourteen entered into the corps of sities.
marines, in which he served with Colonel Vassall was in the West. honour to himself for the space of Indies, and on every expedition six-and-twenty years, till he glo(Egypt alone excepted) either with riously fell on the evening of the his regiment or on the staff, the twenty-seventh of February last, in two last wars. He was field-officer a gallant but unsuccessful attack on of the night, on the memorable the Turks, on the island of Prota, twenty-third of July, in Dublin, near Constantinople. His cool determined conduct on that At the commencement of the foroccasion gained him the thanks of mer part of the arduous contest in the Irish government, and the ap- which we have so long been engaged plause of the general officers en. with France, he served on board ployed. His firmness on that night the Pomona, under sir John Borlase preserved his life for a short time Warren, and was with him on the longer, to bless his family, and do expedition to Quiberoon. He was
which situation he continued to the gate of the monastery. Hig serve, till the treaty of Amiens for furce, however, he found was very a short time suspended hostilities. inferior to that of the enemy he
After the renewal of the war, he had to encounter, and he directed a was appointed captain of marines, on signal to be made for assistance. board the Venerable of seventy-four: He continued animating his men to guns, commanded by captain' John continue the desperate contest until Hunter, and was shipwrecked in her he received a ball through his head, in the night of the twenty-fourth of which instantly terminated his life. November 1801, on the rocks in Thus gloriously fell in the cause Torbay. During that dreadful night of his country this truly brave and he never quitted his commander, meritorious officer, in the fortieth but stood by his side with the sea year of his age, possessed of all the breaking over them till the whole of social virtues which could endear the crew were saved. They had him to mankind. His loss will long continued with the ship till the last be regretted by the corps in which moment it was' possible; for imme he served, and long will he be ladiately after they had quitted it, the mented by all those relatives and part on which they had stood was friends who were more intimately separated from the remainder of the acquainted with the excellent dispowreck, buried in the furious waves, sitions of his heart and the mildness and never seen more.
of his manners.
By D. r.
Tell how Richard strayed from post to
post, stantinople. After the teet had What towns he din'd in, and what bridges passed the Dardanelles, a landing
crost; was made upon the island of Prota.
How many yuppies by the way were seen,
How many asses graz'd along the green.' Captain Kent advanced with his
Heroic epistle to Tzvissa party towards an old monastery, of which the Turks had taken posses IN saying thus much I do not sion. It was at first supposed that mean to infer that I am a traveller, the enemy were but few in number, -No; I am only the humble, hobut this appeared to be a mistake; nest, gentle, good and street-naturedfor when captain Kent reached the stroller, who generally roves upon foot of the bill on which it stood, he bis own legs, and seldom troubles received a very heavy fire from all those of a horse. The late warm „parts of the building, through the weather has produced a multitude ol windows, loop-holes, and every place butterflies of various denominations.
others in gigs, or fashionable vehi. I do not wish to see the female eye cles-dressed in the first style, and I do not wish to see the female cheek
Waste all its lustre at the inidnight lamp; assuming the gentleman! and I know Grow pale with application. Let their care from good authority, they often Be to preserve their beauty ; that secur'd, astonish the feeble minds of rustics May have an eye to know the man of worth,
Improve their judgment, that the loving fair and villagers, when they take their And keep secure the jewel of her charms fashionable excursions. They talk From him that ill deserves.' loud! swear by their honour ! bluster and strut like crows in a gutter! smoak and take snuff! and run into every extreme of fashionable folly.Really, I often pity them; and you,
ANECDOTE fair readers, I am confident can. not approve such absurdities: they
OF SIGNORA TESI. cannot have any just claim to the smiles of the beauteous, and the
THE following anecdote is reamiable approbation of the fair sex.
lated of this celebrated singer by Dr. · Let the spruce beau,
Burney. That beau, sweet-scented, and palav'rous fool, She was connected with a certain Who talks of honour and his sword, and
count, a man of great quality and plucks The man that dares advise him by the nose;
distinction, whose fondness increased That puny thing, that hardly crawls about, by possession to such a degree as to Yet drinks on,
determine him to marry her: a And vapours loudly o'er his glass, resolv'd To tell a tale of nothing, and out-swear
much more uncommon resolution in The northern tempest; let that fool, I say, a person of higla birth on the conLook for å wife in vain, and liv'd despis'd.' tinent than in England. She tried to
dissuade him, enumerated ail the bad :: Those lines I extract from the
consequences of such an alliance; but Village Curate,' and flatter myself he would listen to no reasoning, nor they accord with the wish of every take any denial. Finding all resensible fair-cne, who condescends to monetrances vain, she left him one emit a smile upon the well-nieuning morning, went into a neighbouring Stroller– You must know, mysweets, street, and addressing herself to a I have a profound, a sincere regard for poor labouring man, a journeyman your sex; and I must (in confidence) baker, said she would give him fifty tell you, I have a particular regard ducats if he would marry her, not for one. I found her in my strolling; with a view to their cohabiting toshe is not of those
gether, but to serve a present pur
pose. The poor man readily con"Who twirl a fan, to please sorse empty sented to become her nominal hus
beau, And sing av idle song--tbe most they know!' band; accordingly they were for
mally married, and when the count I should be sorry to depreciate; renewed his solicitations, she told but there are good and good for no him it was now utterly impossible thing of all sorts, and allow me to to grant his request, for she was say, this fair creature of mine is one already the wife of another, a sacriof the good sort. If she sees this (as fice which she had made to his fame no doubt but she will), she has got and family. too much sense to deem it flatters.
THE SPANIEL'S PETITION. When winter reign'd, and I was turn'd
adrift, By John WEBB.
The hydrophobia rag'd amongst my race: •The well-taught philosophic mind,
Pleas'd with th' excuse to torture innocence, To all compassion gives;
Mischievous urchins soon began the chase. Çasts round the world an equal eye, They saw, and quickly mark'd me for their And feels for all that lives.'
game; MRS. BARBAULD. With clubs and stones they dealt full many
a blow, O how I wish'd some gen'rous Erskine!
near, PITY the sufforings of an harmless brute, (While your kind hearts to man compassion I could recount, bat brevity forbids,
To snatch me from the bloody-minded foe! gives); View Nature's cribes with philosophic eye,
Like brave Othello, all my hair-breadtha And nobly feel for me-for all that lives.
How cheering Hope withdrew his radiant Our race may justly man's protection claim;
beam, Their useful virtue challenges respect: And Death was hov'ring in a thousand O how can man, a debtor to our kind,
shapes, Repay such faithful service with neglect?
Tho' wounded, still I urg'd my rapid flight, Come retrospection, paint departed scenes,
As chance directed, to a river's side; Scenes big with comfort, and replete with Breathless and faint | plungid amid the glee;
stream, When Zephyretta, fairest of the fair,
And stem'd with active foot the refluent Profusely lavish'd her regards on me.
tide. With her I rang'd thro' many a sylvan vale,
Elate of heart I climb'd the steepy bank, Frisk'd at her feet, and gamboll'd by her
Shook my disheveil'd coat, and bark'd for side;
joy; Despairing beaux beheld with envious eye:
Borne on the gale I heard the miscreant's Could envy kill, they had of envy died.
Sore vex'd his cruel arm could not destroy, Frail is the power that scents the breeze of Advancing Evening drew its curtain brown: Transient the pleams that gild an April day:
And screen'd me from my persecutor's So frail the hope of those who trust the sex ;
O how I hail'd the intervening gloom So transient are their smiles, which oft be That banish'd fear, and check'd my hasty tray.
flight! Too soon another favourite gain'd my place, And I was to a worthless stranger giv'n;
A short time since, as Lord Erskine was 'Till, starv'd and persecuted, hapless me passing through Holborn, he observed some From his inhospitable roof was driv'n. boys beating a little dog with sticks, under the
idea of its being mad: his lordship, si:h great Misfortune prowls arcund this nether sphere, humanity, observing not the least symptoms And views with eye askance his destin'd of madness, rushed into the crowd and reb prey:
scued the poor animal from the hands of its Disease and death assail both man and beast, destroyers, and carried it some discance, and And drive them from the cheerful face of hired a boy to carry it to his house in Ling day,