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I joy to see its ruins.-P. 76. 1. 14. The glitter of the ages of chivalry catches the imagination ; but no man, who studies the history of these times dispassionately, can fail to be persuaded, that the great body of the people was in a state of abject depression. The virtues even of the knights, courage excepted, were, in general, very problematical ; and their courage was often employed in the support of wrong:
The fierce Simoom.-P. 84. 1.7. “ Idris cried out with a loud voice, Fall upon your face, here is the Simoom. I saw from the south east a haze come, in colour like the purple part of the rainbow, but not so compressed or thick. did not occupy twenty yards in breadth, and was about twelve feet high from the ground. It was a kind of blush upon the air, and it moved very rapidly; for I scarce could turn to fall upon the ground with my head to the northward, when I felt the heat of its current plainly upon my face." Bruce's Travels. The effects of the Simoom are felt in places very remote,in Egypt, in some of the islands of the Mediterranean, especially Sicily, and in the southern parts of Italy.
P. 84. 1. 13. The subject of impressing is too important to be discussed in a note ; I shall therefore confine myself to re
marking, that though on some occasions the public safety may justify recourse to this violence, yet it appears to me to be too often employed without necessity. The gratitude due to our seamen requires, that means should be used to correct this grievance. We read with pleasure the recommendation of George II. to his parliament on this subject. “ I should look upon it as a great happiness, if, at the beginning of my reign, I could see the foundation laid of sò great and necessary a work, as the increase and encouragement of our seamen in general; that they may be invited, rather than compelled by force and violence, to enter into the service of their country, as far as occasion shall require it ; a consideration worthy the representatives of a people great and flourishing in trade and navigation.” Speech, Fan. 27, 1727-8.
“ These are imperial plans, and worthy kings.”
(i) Within the magic circle of our home.-P. 91. 1. 2. “ Within the magic circle of his eye."
The swarthy genius of Nigritia's shores.-P. 102. 1. 1. Oh, jom satis ! cry the defenders of the slave trade. I should say so too, if the trade were abolished; but till then, I think it is the duty of every honest man to express his detestation of it.
(1) Lo, kneeling to his gods, the bold Maroon.--P. 109. 1. 7.
The Maroons were settled in the mountainous parts of Jamaica. “ In their persons and carriage (says Dallas) the Maroons were erect and lofty, indicating a consciousness of superiority ; vigour appeared upon their muscles, and their motions displayed agility. Their eyes were quick, wild and fiery, the white of them appearing a little reddened ; owing perhaps to the greenness of the wood they burned in their houses, with the smoke of which it must have been affected. They were accustomed, from habit,. to discover in the woods objects which white people, even of the best sight, could not distinguish ; and their 'hearing was so wonderfully quick, that it enabled them to elude their most active pursuers ; they were seldom surprised. They communicated with one another by means of horns, and when these could hardly be heard by other people, they distinguished the orders that the sounds con. veyed. It is very remarkable, that the Maroons had a particular call upon the horn for each individual, by which he was summoned from a distance, as easily as lie could have been spoken to by name, had he been near.” Trelawny-town was the most considerable of their settlements, From its elevated situation, it was cool and healthy, and commanded a most extensive prospect of wooded mountains, plantations, towns, on the coast, and the ocean. Hunting the wild boar was one of the principal employments of its inhabitants, and from this was derived their appellation of Maroons.
From the account given by Dallas of the Maroon war, it appears to have been conducted with inexcusable ignorance and disgraceful incapacity, on the part of their enemies, with the exception of one or two individuals. If his nar. rative be true, it is impossible to bestow adequate terms of reprobation on the impolicy of the persons who had the chief direction. It is indeed almost incredible ; and yet, as the statement is given, not by a nameless author, but by a man in some degree of credit with the public, it might have been expected that, if untrue, it would have been contradicted by the person chiefly concerned. This much deference was due to the public, and to his own reputation; and for this, perhaps, it may not be yet too late to hope.
The conduct of General Walpole shines, amidst that of Governors and Colonial Assemblies, with a lustre improved by contrast. . By a breach of treaty, the Maroons were forced from their homes and native land, and transported to the miserable region of Nova Scotia, where they linger. ed two winters. Some idea may be formed of the change which they experienced, when the rigours of that climate are recollected ; when we know that even hedges will not grow there, the fences being made of fallen trees or pieces of wood. The Maroons were then transported to Sierra Léone, but their regret on account of their banishment still remained. - “ They universally (says Dallas) harbour a desire of going back at some period of their lives to Jamaica."
P. 119. 1. 4.
VICTORY, P. 124. Whoever has perused the account of French atrocities in Egypt, as given by Denon, will, I flatter myself, think the feelings expressed in these verses perfectly justifiable. Every man ought to bear these atrocities in mind, and to regard the perpetrators of them with those sentiments which the most detestable vileness and cruelty deserve. A flatterer may be believed, when he recounts acts disgraceful to his patron ; and it may be fairly concluded, that he has drawn a veil over those which are least excusable. From the softened account of the panegyrist. Denon, we learn that the miserable Egyptians “soon began to regret their former tyrants,” an expression which almost super. sedes the necessity of giving particular examples of the enormities committed by the army of France. But Denon is not sparing of these. “ After thirteen hours marching we came to Gamerissiem, unfortunately for this village; for the cries of the women soon convinced us that our soldiers, profiting by the darkness of the night, under pretence of seeking provisions, and notwithstanding their weariness, were enjoying the gratifications which the place offered them. The inhabitants, pillaged, dishonoured, and urged to desperation, fell upon the patroles whom we sent to defend