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trading companies. To enumerate the, merous depredations on the river whole of these public testimonies of Thames ; for his great assiduity in preo, gratitude for emioent services perform- paring a Bill for the establisbment of a ed, and of high respect for great abili. Thames Police Office, which has reties usefully employed,, would extend' ceived the sanction of Parliament, and far beyood the limits which can be that he be requested to accept of a allotted in a periodical magazine ; it piece of plate value 5001. from the would, at the same time, be an act of West India Fund, as a testimony of the injustice to the individual, as well as seuse of the West India Body for his to the highly respectable characters who services on this occasion.” gave these testimonies, not to subjuin The same grateful feelings which some of the most pre-eminent.

pervaded the breasts of the West India la Seplember, 1798, four men were Merchants, were also exbibited by the tried and convicted at the Old Bailey,' Court of Assistants of the Russia Com, for stealing coffee from a store-ship in pany, who at a meeting beld the įlth the river Thames. The Lord Chief day of November, 1800, Baron, in suinming up the evidence,

" ORDERED, made the following complimentary re

“ That the Governor be desired to marke—“That the late institution of communicate the thanks of this court the Marine Police bad sprung from the to Patrick Colquhoun, Esq. for the exertions of one of the best magistrates unremitted attentiou he has given to that ever lived in this or any other the Police of the River 1 hames, and country; and who has not confined his for the ability he has shewn io forming meritorious exertions to the carrying regulations for the prevention of a into execution such laws as are en most extensive system of plunder and trusted to his care, but who has also smuggling which has long prevailed, felt it his duty and made it his practice to the prejudice of the trade of the to suggest such others as have appeared port of London. to him likely to bc salutary to the pub.. “ That Patrick Colquhoun, Esq. be lic."

desired to accept of a piece of plate of The different ship-masters of the the value of one bundred guiveas, as a various trades gave full and ample testimony of the sentiments this court. testimony of the great utility aod ad- entertains of the advantage the trade of vantages derived from this institution; this company, as well as the generalstating, that until its establishment, the trade of the Port of London, has de- ; cargoes and stores of their ships, while rived from the Bill for the establishdelivering and taking in, were constantly' ment of the Marine Police.” subject to plunder by various descrip And Mr. Secretary Dundas, in moving tions of plunderers on the river Thames, for leave to bring in a bill for legabut that they have since exprrienced, lizing the above establishment, bestowthe greatesl security in their properly on ed high encomiums on that excellent the river; and also expressing an opic and intelligent tnagistrate, Mr. Colqu. nion, that great and extensive benefits boun, with whom he had consulted, have therefrom resulted to bis Majesty's and from whom he bad derived great revenue. The West lodia merchants' information on the su liject. also transmitted to Mr. Colquhoun, at To a person who reflects for a modifferent meetings, through the hands ment on the multifarious atfairs of of their chairmen, Lord Penrhys and great national magnitude and impor-, Beeston Long, Esq. their thanks and iance, which, from the foregoing acacknowledgments for his zeal, ability, count, engaged Mr. Colquhoun's conand perseverance in forming and super- stant attention during the periods we intending the Marine Police Insti. have been sketching, it would seemn, tution, and which was followed up by that such were their urgency and diffi. a more substantial proof of their regard culty, that he could not have afforded in the following handsome testimony, time for other occupations; but such voted at a meeting beld 15th August, was the incessant activity of his mind, 1800.

which thrilled to no ing but uniform " That the thanks of this meeting and useful employment, that he gave be presented to Patrick Colquhoun, also bis attention at this tinie to the Esg. for his constant and unremitied means of relieving the wanls and imallention to the duties of the Marina proving the morals of the poor. Police Institution, which has been of He therefore devoted a certain pormaterial bepefit in preventing the pu. tion of juis time for prueuring accurate

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idformation, not only in order to es warm the disconsolate Peter ; my want of
tablish regulations which might gra. spirits, indeed, attracted observation,
dually improve their morals, but to dis. por did it escape the pevelrating eye of
cover the more belpless and forlorn iny cousin, who took care to notice it
suffering under extreme poverty; that in a manner I could dot fail of under.
by relieving them with the bounty of standing. I resisted, however, all soli-
the affluent, grateful feelings might citations to stop the day out, and took
superioduce better babits of morality. advantage of some business wbich I
Por the attainment, therefore, of these bad to transact with Mr. Somers to
objects, Mr. Colquhoun raised a con. leave them before dinner, promising
siderable subscription in 1795 and 1796; however to ride over in a day or two
and as a great number of distressed when they were more comfortably
families in every part of tbe metropolis, settled.
in consequence of want of food, from The first sentence I uttered on turn-
the great price of the necessaries of ing my horse's head and glancing at
life at this period, had pawued their the roof which held the better part of
working tools, bed clothes, and wearing me was, “what a strange compound of
apparel, without possessing the means folly and absurdity is the mighty paso
of redeeming them, the inoney sub- sion of love," that I am flyiog volan.,
scribed was usefully applied in recover- tarily away from the objecí that gives
ing those pledges; this mode of pro me most pleasure, from her—but why
ceeding not only enabled these suffering these rhapsodies which should only
creatures to get covered from the in- exist in imagination-I endeavoured
clemency of the weather at a very mo to drive them from my thoughts, but
derate price, but again to procure their they still pursued ine, and every step
mechanical instruments of employ: my horse took, sunk deeper in the laby-

rinth which had involved my reason.
(To be continued.)

It now however became a matter of

serious consideration, and I resolved no HISTORY OF PETER PLTANT. looger to postpone the declaration of my

(Continued from page 205.) attachment. Hitherto, circumstances

Çow swift are the revolutions of bad prevented my addressing Mr. Manby love and friendship. The transitory length settled, and it was time to decide image of a day lives but in remem one way or the other, I determined to brance, and the future steals so quick enter the house the second time as his upon the past when blest with the so. accepted son-in-law, or leave it as a ciety of our dearest friends, ibat the rejected suitor. present seems scarcely to exist. This But naturally sanguine, I indulged was truly the case will ine; for when no particular fears, and was indeed a month had expired, Farnier Heartly feasting my imagination with a perso reported the new purchase ready for pective view of fulure joys, when the ils ioniates, and preparations were ac. shrill accenls of a well known voice cordingly made for departure. It had broke upon my meditations, and Sir been to me a short dream of happiness, Edward Courtly rode up. wherein fancy had painted so agreeablea This unexpected meeting turned my, picture that I was unwilling to relinquish' thoughts into another channel, and the it, and could scarcely bring myself to remainder of my ride passed over a believe they bad staid so long a little more lively. The loquacious time; but the rattling of the carriage' Baronet, as usual, gave me no quarter, wheels dispelled my reverie, and mount. for before we arrived home, I was in ing my borse to accompany them, they possession of more London news than a bid adieu, for a time, io my rusticated week's reading would have enabled me mansion, and rode off to Manning Hall. to collect, though it was of a particular

Here we soon arrived, and the inorn nature, and not very interesting to me ; ing was spent in a general survey of for after patiently submitting to the the house and its appendages; thc alter. various delails -of the gambling table ations and managernent of the whole and his horse races, be began a scien., gave universal satisfaction, and nothing tific treatise on the polite sciences, remained to wish for. But the joy among which he reckoned boxing, or which extended to the countenances (I beg the fancy's pardon) the art of of the rest, imparted not one ray lo milling as the first. Tho merits of

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various pugilistic heroes were descanted and Hymen's chaplet of roses will conupon with as much earnestness as if tain niore thorns than usual.” Irritated, the freedom of a nation depended upon however, at his effrontery, I followed the decision. Fortunately for him 'l softly behind, to protect the girl from was not in a very talkative humour, insult, and occasionally managed to and he went on uninterrupted, till hear some of his harmless nonsense,' baving completed the whole range of as I knew he'd term it. He confined his intelligence, observed, as if it was his protestations, however, within merely a secondary considerationI bounds, till, putting some money ioto suppose you know I am going to be her hands, told her if she was a good married-in a month I am to be made girl he'd be a friend to ber. the happiest of men."

Had he been Hercules, I could have “ Some Venus then, I suppose, in crushed him, but waited to see what wbom all the Graces have centered course Maria Heartley pursued. She their perfections."

threw the purse down with iodignation, “ No, Sir, I am a philosopher-de- and, bursting into tears, attempted to spise beauty when unaccompanied by get away. Xe detained her when I worth ; and only make the laiter av ar- stepped belween. Any one but a conticle of consideration.”

firmed man of fashion would have felt “ A proof of your sense. But who is my interference as a death-blow; but she?”

Sir Edward, with his accustomed levity, “ Sister to your neighbour, Sir Lio- hesitated not a moment what course to del. I'll introduce her to you, whenever pursue, and before I could venture age you'll pay me a visit at the mansion observation, burst out into a loud laugh. of my brother-in-law, that is to be." “ A striking contrast," I thought, “ The

“ If Sir Lionel is returned, and your laugh of licentiousness with the tears of appearance in this quarter sanctions the innocence;" but the latter spoke too idea, I shall be found at the manor forcibly to be appeased by the former, house to-morrow morning. Till then and though the usual apologies of an I'll bid adieu, nor keep you from the innocent frolic, and unmeaning nonsociety that possesses so many more sense, crowded out in peals from the attractions than I can boast."

crest-fallen baronet, I was too indignant He laughed at my observation ; and, to attend to any thing but the weeping with a leering smile, seemed to dive girl, and, giving her my arm, left him into the real meaning of the expression. without a word. “ Tomorrow, then, at twelve." I Farmer Heartly was still out; and, bowed assent, and he rode on.

according to his daughter's request, i Not willing to indulge in the reflec. promised to conceal the baronet's insult tions which my empty mansion could lest it might create unpleasant words pot fail of communicating, I dismount between them; though I was determined ed, and, witb no particular direction for to make sir Edward feel the dastardly my steps, wandered wherever my fancy action he had commilted. led me. Sir Edward and his disquisitions Probably with an eye to his own intewere forgotten, and my mind reverted rest, and fearing a disclosure on my to the inhabitants of Maoning Hall; part, he had followed us at a distance, but I was doomed, a second time, to be and, watching his opportunity now addisturbed, though in a manner rather dressed me. differeot from the first. The thread of “ My friend Pliant will, I hope, bare my reflections were at first broken by more compassion on me than to turu two or three successive salutations of this little nonsense to my disadvantage. “ My pretty aogel !” “ Adorable crea I protest I meant no harm. Come turei" " Enchanting maid!” expres

You'll take no notice of it sions which struck me as rather too re eh ?" fined for the simple inhabitants of the “ I am sorry, Sir Edward, tbat you village, and consequently made me should have condescended to trile in anxious to know from whom they pro. this maquer with the fceliugs of an ceeded ; a favourable opening at last amiable girl, and must openly tell you, presented to my view, Farmer Heartley's that I can biod myself to no such pro, daughter, and-Sir Edward Courtly i mise. He who would insult an udpro

" Very well,” thought I, “ if court tected femalc, is unwortby of any leship is variegated with the flowers of nity." coquetry, marriage will fare still worse, “Nay, day, my dear fellow, you are




too harsh; you are indeed. Could I, on my determination to keep a strict eye the briuk of marriage, play so vile a upon him, and succeeded a little in part. l'assure you it was a frolic.” diminishing the ardor of his addresses.

“ Do men give gold in frolic, Sir Ed. Contenting myself for the time with ward ?"

a partial scrutiny, I took a little mercy “ Gold !-eh ?-eh ?-you know I've on him, and left him assailing the plenty, and my disposition is such" ears of Sir Lionel's sister with as strong

" Hold, Sir Edward, you are going a battery of soft phrases and insionating too far; duplicity is but a bare cover expressions, as would overcome the ing for dishonest intentions. But let delicate nerves of a lady less susceptible us cease argument My silence depends than the object of bis adoration. on your future behaviour to the girl,

(To be continued.) who, as a tenant ou my estate, deserves my protection."

Hypocrisy now completed the scene dishonesty had begun; and the con To the Editor of the European Magazine. temptible baronet loaded me with thanks, though I knew he was in wardly nettled at the bumility he was forced to


YHOULD you think the following To how low a pitch does vice

query worthy a place in the next sink the human mind, and how despi.

number of your excellent miscellany, cable do the riches, honors, and titles you will, by inserting it, oblige of this world appear, when they are ren.

A CONSTANT READER. dered subservieot lo the purposes of vice!

DR. CHARLES HOTTON, in the The following inorning I repaired to 2d volume of his Mathematics, page 93, the manor-house, where, after an inter proposes a question by which the dia. view with Sir Lionel, who reprobated meter of the earth is io be determined strongly the late design upon ing for. by au observation from the top of the june, and congratulated me upun the Peak of Teneriffe, whereof the altitude discovery of it, I was introduced to his is supposed known by baroinelrical, or sister. Sir Edward, little abashed by the altitude of the summit above the

other observation. The only data are the recollection of his huiniliation, was in high spirits ; talked in his usual

level of the sea, and the angle between strain, and pretended to be fervently at

the perpendicular and a tangent to the tached to bis wealthy mistress, whose

sea, meeting the eye of the observer. merits and qualifications all answered Now, Mr. Dowling, in his • Key 16 to the name of Riches. It was an

Hutton's Course of Mathematics,' asajpusing scene; and but that my mind seris, as a prelimioary, that the length was too much occupied with a worthier of this tangent is equal to the sum of subject, I could have highly relished the secant and tangent of the given their respective situations. The fat. angle to radius the attitude. if this be tering attention of the one, with the the case, and of which I have no doubt egregious vanity of the other, formed a

how comes it that other mathematiwhimsical contrast, and it was easy to

cians had never before shown so plaid see that love had no hand in the con

and easy a truth? tract which appeared to confer such

Duke-street, Portman.square, 'universal satisfaction.

Dco. 19, 1817. Though under a promise to Sir Ed. ward to be silent respecting the adven. ture of the preceding evening, I diù not feel myself justified in abstaining from ARITHMETICAL QUESTION. a rigid inspection into his conduct. His entire behaviour

had displeased me, IN a given cube is inscribed a sphere, and the opinion I at first entertained concerning his natural levity, as arising this sphere another cube, and so on.

this cube another spbere, and withia from thoughtlessness rather thao de. sign, gave way to a thorough couvica

It is required to fiud the sum of the sotion of his want of principle. I took lidities of all the cubes, supposing them care occasionally to convey hints be continued to infinity. only could interpret, lo satisfy him of




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imperfections on their heads, when I CONTAINING A CONCISE DESCRIPTION OF speak of them generally, but when I

speak or touch on the oational cha.

racter of the Irish, I take infinite plea. CUSTOMS, CHARACTER, AND MANNERS

sure in doing justice to a people, who are proverbialby hospitable, generous,

and brave; eager in conferring favours BY THOMAS STRINGER, M.D.

“grateful on receiving them : lively, (Continued from page 212) affable, courteous; but gifted with a

sensibility which--though honest-heartTHE IRISU CHARACTER.

ed and unsuspicious—occasions them to no character of the Irish is but little

cided in their revenge. known to their brethren on this side of The genteel sort of inhabitants in the water.

Dublin are polite, generous, and bos. I know not how to make my reader pitable to strangers, and much more better acquainted with the Irish gentry, agreeable than ihose of the same rank than by the following description of Mr. in Londou. They possess every ele. Graltaa:

gant refinement of life and manners ; “ I think,” said he, “ I know my the only difference perceptible between country; I think I have a right to know a London and a Dublin rout is, that her. She has her weakuesses : were she here, even amongst the first class, there Perfect, one would admire her more, is a warmth and cordiality of address but love her less. The gentlemen of which, thougb not perhaps more sincere Irelaud act on sudden impulse, but that than the cold formality of British cereimpulse is the result of a warm heart, a mony, is infinitely more fascinating. strong head, and great personal deter It is certain that the Irish ladies posmination. The errors incident to such sess a certain affability of manuers, tema principle of action, must be their pered with unaffected modesty of deerrors, but then the virtnes belonging portment, that gifts them with peculiar to that principle of action must be their powers to please. They are generally virtues also ; such errors may give a elegantly and highly educated, frank in pretence to their enemies, but such vir manuers and conversation, great vivatues afford safely to their country.” city-yet their modesty is a subject of

The emigrations from Ireland are too remark and eulogy. frequently composed of a set of inen, The vulgar English are persuaded who do not offer to the world at large that the Irish are a stupid misconceiving any very seducing picture of the coude people, and many degrees below themtry that gave thenu birth: but let the selves in every mental faculty. This traveller, who is inquisitive into the prejudice, which is chiefly owing to the national character, visit the Irishman poverty and depression of the latter of birth on bis doinain ; and he will (for persous of superior fortune natu. find the accomplished scholar united rally suppose themselves of superior with the polished gentleman and the understanding) is confirmed by the mishospitable landlord. Among their faulls takes the illiterate Irish are api to make,

- for none are perfect-are the love of as other nations make when they ex. wine, produced by the natural convi. press themselves in a language not their viality of their dispositions; and gal- owo: by the buffoonery of the stage, lantry, emanating from habit and con and the peculiar pride of a people who stitution.

think all the rest of Adam's children Irish hospitality is perfectly free from throughout the world are vastly inferior osteotation, it proceeds from a cordial to themselves in every valuable endow. wish to coinmunicate pleasure; the ment. It is agreed, however, amongst guest therefore, instead of being ba- intelligent and liberal observers, that rassed with ceremony, and fatigued the Irish are both remarkably quick with compliment, finds all the free- and remarkably clear in their coocepdom of an hotel within a gentleman's lion, and that tbey acquire sciences town or country house: in short, every and arts in less time than the English one does as be pleases. The higher do. But they are probably behind our circles of society are, I believe, equally countrymen in intense application, to dissolute throughout the polished world. gain a perfect knowledge and mastery I therefore describe them with all their of the science or art that is to be Europ. Mag. l'ol.LXXIII. April 1818.

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