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To the Rev. W. P. T.

steps, to cool your tongues which have N the grasp of death I struggle for a been employed in the abominations of tell you, that my fleeting soul bears with tion. O could you repair bither and it to the world of departed spirits, all behold me, whom once ye hailed as the those impressions of hope by which, in joyous leader of your insensate crouds, your Cbristian converse, and your fer- as the inspiring spirit of your licentious vent prayers, you bave so piously la- boards.

O could you contemplate me, boured to prepare it for its eternal bleeding by that very hand with wbich destination. . I would shake off, for a you have so often seen me lifting high while, this portentous drowsiness which the goblet of a sparkling delusivn ! gradually absorbs my living sense, to that hand which has murdered my assure you of the gratitude of a dying bosom friend in compliance with your man, who before you returu to cheer ensanguined code of honor--that hand him again with ihe consolation of now addresses these words of contrite religion's trust, will most probably be counsel to your startled ears. called to his final account, and all that Behold me sunk in character, lost to will be left of him, will be this poor my own esteem, and that of all who mangled beap of clay, which the kio- knew me; contemplate my pallid and dred dust of the grave shall cover from dejected countenance. Ye do not now the reproach of man,

perceive that dauntless brow on wbich I would make my sad example useful sate the daring effrontery of the liber. to those heedless young men who rush tine, and the contemptuous sneer of through the paths of vicious pleasure the apostate from every religious, mo. with a perilous precipitation, deaf lo ral, and social tie; look on this wounded the anxious cries of those who bore lacerated throat, from which so often them; uomindful of the warnings of the proceeded the accents of depravity, and wise, and braving the vengeance of their the oaths of execration; but from' God. I would call to them from the which not a syllable, even of prayer, tomb that opens to receive me; I would can now find utterance! See how the arouse their senseless hearts to a cou. activity of my whole frame is dissolved viction of their guiltiness; and 'ere in mortal lethargy, which must incvi. the band of Death shall cast them down tably, and within the short space of a into the lowest depths of perdition, I few lingering minutes, close my eyes would pluck them back froin the edge in the leaden slumbers of premature of that precipice which even dissolution. You cannot hear, you moulders beneath their feet.

cannot feel, the last groan, the last Give ear ye careless ones; your very embrace, of a broken-hearled father, next step may be into eternity !--that who even with his expiring sigh, iufinite duration of retribution in which breathed forgiveness to an unnatural you will no more hear the laugh of your parricide. You cannot image to your companions in iniquity, and your shouts view the blasting sight of her who of mad applause with which ye echoed hushed your iofant cries in her mater. their blaspbemous outrages of the for. val bosumn, now bereaved of intellect, bearance of Heaven will be converted maddened by the grievous disappointinto groans of torment increasing and meut of her fondest ropes, by the im. undiminishing in its everlasting suffer- pious insensibility of an ungrateful ing. O fools and blind, if ye pay no child ;-00! your dissipated sense of heed but that of profane mockery to filial obligation cannot picture to your the word of your God; if ye ridicule, perverted minds images so frightful yet with contemptuous scorn, the certainty so true, aod all instanced in the reof a future state, hear one who soon morseful reminiscence of him who now must realize those fearful forebodings addresses you with the pen of a suicide! of it which your own hearts caouot Cbeck then your sacrilegious steps at avoid shrieking from, even now; now the call of one who now reflects with that ye are drinking down the poisoos horror upon his former associations of of your unhallowed delights, and steep- iniquity, and their terror-striking issues ing in the cup of intemperance your of pain and misery.

You have parents, burthened souls. Ab! miserable beings you bave friends, you yet may be rethat ye are! know that not a single conciled to them, you may retrace your drop of water will ye find in the gulph degraded character, and wash out, by of fiery wrath that is closing upon your the lears of penitence, the polluting

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One last request I have to make. Let may return to the peaceful paths of my sinful body be consigned to its virtuous life; the years that ye have native dust by the side of iny dear, my squandered in transgression may yet ill-treated father, it you thiok the mingbe redeemed by amendment. Scek ling of our mortal clay will not add to then the counsels of prudence and ex- the injuries I heaped upon him when perience in the admonition of some living. And should the overwhelmed compassionale friend who laments your brain of my poor distracted mother errors, and would reclaim you from resume its seat, take her in your beneyour dangerous wanderings. Be your voleot hand, and conduct her to the father that friend; and in the tenderness stone that will mark the spot where of a motber be blest with the healing my wretched remains shall be laid, and balm of her forgiving embrace. No point out to her the only inscription longer press to your breast the roses which I desire it may bear : of guiliy pleasure, for their fragrance is the odour of death, their charms

* He Repented." are the decay of life, and their thorns Then accompanying her home, bid her will sooner or later pierce your heart ponder on those gracious words of with wouods for which there can be the Redeemer. “ In the world ye sball found no hope of remedy, but in a laie bave tribulation ; but be of good cheer, and uncertain repentance. I go to the I have overcome the world.” Blend tribunal of an inviscient Judge; my your prayers with her's; that God, of his roul vibrates upon the tremendous ba- infinite goodness, may turn her moura, Jance of fears which it cannot suppress, ing into joy; and that the blessed and hopes which it dares not indulge. prospects with which you have cheered Yet I call to mind, and let the thought my dying moments may be realized be fixed in your's, that my judge is a God

unto of Mercy, and a Saviour of pardoniug

The Penitent, grace!

T. G. Farewell deluded partners of my crimes --receive the prayer of my dying words.

To the Edilor of the European Magazine. May this God and Saviour touch your hearts with relenting conviction of the

Penzance. eteroal sorrows which you are so rastly

HOULD the following be thought heaping up to yourselves. May deep deserving of a place in your valua. contrition, unfeigoed and pot to be ble Repository, it is at your service.

B. repented of, lift up those hearls to

Your bumble servant, your Almighty Father; and may the Mediator's merits plead for its acceptaoce at His I can no

TRA, IN PORTUGAL. more-the dark shades of death baog The village of Centra is situated heavy upon my mortal vision : decide about seven leagues to the north-west instantly between Hell and Heaven, of the City of Lisbon, the approach to never-ending punishment, and everlast- it is for the most part, over a rough ing blessedness again farewell! broken paveinent; ibis mode of forin

My generous, my beloved friend! thou ing roads is pretty general throughout that bast been the counsellor and the the country, particularly in the neigh. comforter of my desponding soul, ac- bourhood of Towns, and appears to be cept the sincere ackoowledgments of necessary, as the parched and dusty my gratitude.--I have seen a lig!it state of the earth in summer, and the spring up in darkness.-o that I had in frequent torrents of winter would soon early life walked in that light, against break up roads of less solid materials. the bright illumination of which I shut This village is situated on the porthe eye of my soul! and now it is only thera side of a range of broken mounin that perilous bour of night, when taius, extending into the sea, where it sin has worked its last deed, that it forms a lofty promontory well kpown opeus to seek the celestial ray. Ah! to mariners as ihe rock of Lisbon, and pray for me; that, culprit as I am, ! is the first land generally made on the may be enabled to appear at the bar of coast. Divine justice, not without the hope The romantic scenery of this place of some mitigation of that sentence of throughout its whole range, is truly rejection which awaits the wicked. picturesque, and has long exlorted the



unqualified admiration of every stran- perty of Mr. Guildemcester, a Dutch ger who bas any taste for the works of merchant, who, with true characteristic creation in their primitive simplicity. phlegm, employed his time and great

The village itself, like most in the fortune, in cutting down those venera. country, would not deserve notice u ble fathers of the forest; overturning any other situation, but bounded as it the rocks, and converting the whole is on one side by mountains of bare and into gardens and vineyards. impending rocks, in all the pristine At the foot of the hill, on a level sublimity of nature, and commanding space of about an acre, he erected a on the other, an extensive prospect of stately mansion, which is only deserv. the sea and its borders, as far as the ing of notice from its exalted situation magnificent convent of Mafra, cannot and internal decorations; for il would fail of arresting the attention of every appear that he had taken his iron chest stranger.

for the model. He had scarcely comThe centre of the village is occupied pleted these memorable achievements by a Moorisb Palace of a very singular before he died, and the place is since construction. The edifice is a vast irre- occupied by his widow. gular pile of brick and stone, appa- About a mile further to the westward, rently of great antiquity, it appears to a fertile and lofty bill emerges from the have undergone alterations and exten- bosom of a tbick wood, this bul is sions, at different periods; and although known by the name of Montserrat, und the symmetry of the whole has po great was chosen by the late M. de lime, for claiın to admiration, there are parts the purpose of erecting an exteosive belonging to it which must gratify the chateau. This building. plagued and conniseur, particularly the beautiful executed by a native of Cornwall, seemis form and tracery of the eastern win- to possess but few claims to admiration, dows.

as being more striking from its novelly, It contains numerous apartments, in than any features of characteristic one of wbich, Don Alpbosso, King of grandeur. Portugal, ended his days, after passing

The sides of the hill were tastefully many years in it as a prisoner ; his only laid out in shrubberies and gardens, exercise and pastime seems to have orchards, and vineyards, and erubellished been that of pacing from one angle of with every object that could delight his prison to the opposite, the floor, the eye or gratify the taste. Shrubs, which is of brick, being deeply worn plants, and flowers, of every country by his footsteps. The prospect from the and form, were scallered in wild profuwindows of its western extremity, is sion along the mossy banks and borders such, as to have drawn from the late of the crystal brooks.

The orange Doctor Willis, this exclaination- What groves loaded the gale wish their peran admirable scene for a paivler! fume, and invited thousands of night,

At a small distance to the westward iogales and other feathered songsters of the village, stands a pyramidical to take up their alude among the mountain, known by the name of Pena branches. A limpid siream gushing Verde, or Green-hill; its sides were from a neighbouring rock. enabled cloalbed in eternal verdure, large cork M. de V. to form a fine reservoir of and other trees, the growths of ages, water for the purpose of a cascade. In and of the most beautiful foliage, were sbort, the besuties of the place began rooled among the chasous, and overa to open and wear an enchanting aspect, hung the faces of numerous projectiog but, as all the churms of this world rocks, in all the wild luxurianco of seem to consist more in perspective than nature.

possession, after expending upwards of On its summit stood an ancient cha- 23,0001. M. de V. in a fit of disgust, pel, about wbich were inscriptions of abandoned the whole, came to England, such antiquity, as to baffle the industry and never saw it more. of the learned to explain them.

This place afterwards became the A windiog path led to the top, which property of Mr. Beckford, and I uuderafforded a prospect of an immense ex- stand has since fallen into the possession tent, its elevation being many thousand of the original owner of the land. feet above the level of the vale below. As a striking contrast to the above

Vahappily for the amateurs of the ostentations display of wealth and sublime and beautiful in the great work vanity, near this place is the well known of creation, this place became the pro. Cork Cuoveut, ihe humble retreat of


Further to the westward you reach Webavedor do state the result of

twelve mendicant friars ; this build. husy baunts of men, and abstracted ing (if it can be so called) was erected from all sordid pursuits, the mind in: by the fraternity, altogetber of this sensiby soars to contemplation, and material; tbe seats, tables, and places feels as if the world with all its inteof repose, with every part of the struc- rests and follies had vanished as in an ture, are of Cork ; attached to it is a idle dream. The days are serene and small chapel bighly ornamented. Ad- tranquil; and the stillness of the night joining to this Convent, you are shewn is only broke in upon by the sweet song a cave bollowed out from beneath a

of the nightingale, echoed and re-echoed rock, containing pothing more than a from the surrounding rocks. sort of rocky bench, which was the “ A death-like silence, and a dread dormitory of one of these fathers for repose,” bushes to rest all the turbulent thirty years.

passions of the soul, and man seems to Strangers generally visit them, and enjoy a faint foretaste of Elysium. are presented with some choice oranges; for these and other attentions, a dona

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION, tion is always expected. The brother. hood go round the country in rotation

No. XLIV. for the purpose of soliciting charity, which supplies all their wants.

E the village

the proceedings wine resembling French claret, but by on this subject; and in doing so, feel many thought superior. This place no small degree of pleasure in its close possesses many traits of romantic accordance with the priociples we main

tain, beauty. Beyond this you arrive at the pro

The Report of the Committee was monto y called the rock of Lisbon. presented shortly before the dissolu.

01 tlie summit of the enormous pile tion of Parliament; and when it is beld of granile rocks which hang in terrific in view that this Committee was consuspension, over great part of the vil posed of eleven attending members, of Jage. the remains of a Moorish castle, wbom four were the representatives of which, tradition says, sustained a long the two English Universities, and one of sirge: within its boundary is a fine the University of Dublin in other words, well of water.

parties interested on one side), this conOn another pile of the same conical sideration will add singular force to the form, and which is generally above the resolutions agreed to. clouds, is a consent.

Report on the Copyright Aol. This charming village is the favourite The Select Committee appointed to retreat of the merchants and others examine the acts 8 Aune, 19; 15 during the great heats of summer, Geo. 10. c. 53 ; 41 Geo. III. c. 107 ; where they possess many pleasant guin. and 51 Geo. III. c. 116, respecting tas or country houses, and keep up a Copyright of Books; and to report any very agreeable intercourse.

or what alterations are requisite to be Both sexes babited like Arcadians, made therein, together with their ob. range about among the woods and rocks, servations thereupon, to the Hoose ; and often form large parties for a don. and to whom the petitions regarding key ride; and the road being good, a the Copyright Bill, avd all returns from jaont of this kind to Colares, on the public libraries, and from Stationers'. extremity of the mountains, is highly hall, presented in the present session, delightful.

were referred : and who were empow.. Near the village of Cintra is a Cuza ered to report their opinion there. de Pasto, or house of accommodation upon to the House; -Have examined for strangers; it has been kept for the mallers to them referred, and have many years a respectable Irish wo- agreed upon the following Report and

Here you are sure of obtaining Resolutions, together with an Appeu. the best of every thing the country dix. affords, with the utmost attention to The earliest foundation for a claim cleaplitiess.

from any public library, to the gratuiTo the lovers of Nature in her bold tous delivery of new publications, is to and simple dress, this place possesses be fouod in a deed of the year 1610, irresistable charms. Far from the by which the Company of Stationers


of London, at the request of Sir Tho- thors and publishers to the perpetual mas Bodley, engages to deliver a copy copyright of their publications, rested of every book printed in the Company upon what was afterwards determined (and not having been before printed) to to have been the common law, by a ihe University of Oxford. This, howmajority of pine to three of the Judges, ever, seems to be confined to the public on the cases of Millar and Taylor in cations of the Company in its corporate 1769, and Donaldson and Becket ja capacity, and could in no case extend to 1774. Large estates bad been vested in those which inight proceed from indi. copyrights; these copyrights had been viduals unconnected with it.

assigned from hand to hand, had been Soon after the Restoration, in the the subject of family seltlements, and year 1662, was passed the “ Act for in some instances larger prices had been preventing abuses in printing seditious, given for the purcbase of them (relation Ireasonable, and unlicensed books and being had to the comparative value of pamphlets, and for regulating of print- money) than at any time subsequent to ing and printing presses ;" by wbich, the act of the 8th of Queen Anne. By for the first time, it was enacted, that this act, which in the last of these two every priater should reserve three co- cases has since been determined to have pies of the best and largest paper of destroyed the former perpetual copy. every book new privted, or reprivted right, and to bare substituted one for a by him with additions, and shall, be. more limited period, but protected by fore any public vending of the said additional penalties on those who should book, bring them to the master of the infringe it, it is directed that nine copies Company of Stationers, and deliver of each book that shall be printed or them to him: one whereof shall be published, or repriuted and published delivered to the Keeper of his Majesty's with additions, shall by the printer be Library, and the other two to be sent to delivered to the warehouse-keeper of the Vice-chancellor of the two Univer. the Company of Stationers, before such sities respectively, to the use of the publication made, for the use of the public libraries of the said Universities. * Royal Library, the libraries of the UniThis act was originally introduced for versities of Oxford and Cambridge, the two years, but was continued by two libraries of the four Vojversities of acts of the same Parliament till 1679, Scotland, the library of Sion College when it expired.

in London, and the library belonging It was, however, revived in the 1st to the Faculty of Advocates in Edin year of James 11. and knally expired in burgh. 1695.

From the passing of this act until the It has been stated by Mr. Gaisford, decision of the cases of Beckford and one of the curators of the Bodleian Hood, in 1798, and of the University Library, “ that there are several books of Cambridge and Bryer, in 1813, it entered in its register, as sent from the was universally understood, that neither Stationers' Company subsequent to the the protection of copyright, nor the expiration of that Act;" but it is pro- obligation to deliver ihe eleven copies bable that this delivery was by no means attached to the publication of any book, general, as there are no traces of it at unless it was registered at Stationers' Stationers' fjall, and as learne, in the Hall, an act wbich was considered as preface to the “ Reliquæ Bodleianze," purely optional and vonecessary, where printed in 1703, presses for benefac- it was intended to abandon the claim tions to that library as peculiarly de- for copyright, and in conformity to this sirable, “since the Act of Parliament construction, the Act of 41 Geo. III. for sending copies of books printed by expressly entitled the libraries of Trinity the London booksellers is expired, and College, and the King's lon, Dublin, to there are divers wanting for several copies of such books only as should be years past."

entered at Stationers' Hall. During this period, the claim of au. In Beckford versus Hood, the Court

of King's Bench decided, that the omis* Upon reference to the continuing art

sion of the entry only prevented a proof 17 ch. II. c. 4, the clauses respecting secution for the penalties indicted by the delivery of the three copies appear to


statutes, but it did not in any degree be perpetnal; yet it should seem that they impede the recovery of a satisfaciion were not so considered, not being advertes for the violation of the copyright. The to in the act of Ange.

saine court furtber determined, in the

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