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dered out a troop of mountaineers, to scour shore; yet I warn the Greeks to be cau-
the passes in pursuit of the fugitives; but tious in countenancing foreign interference
in vain. They returned in the morning hereafter-I tell them to beware, lest, after
without having seen anything of them; having opposed and destroyed the power
they had only heard from some peasants of the infidel, the fate of unhappy Poland
that a small band of Suliotes had been may be theirs.
seen passing one of the defiles early in the

“ Trust not for freedom to the Franks, day previous, taking the direction of Pa

They have a king who buys and sells, tras.

In native swords and native ranks This sad loss of my faithful servant made

The only hope of freedom dwells," me very melancholy for some time, and pressed upon my mind my lonely and was the advice of one of the noblest and friendless situation-far from my native most devoted friends of Greece. I repeat, land, fighting amongst hostile and savage that under circumstances of unparalleled tribes.

difficulty, while successfully resisting the Early in December the congress was combined fleets and armies of the Ottoman removed from Argos to Epidaurus, a small empire, Greece, only just emerged from ruinous village situate near the coast, op- slavery and degradation, displayed a wisposite to the Island of Egina, and celebrat. dom and energy in the organisation of her ed for its once magnificent temple of Es- internal government that entitled her to the culapius, the ruins of which still exist. respect of Europe, and the independent

When we contemplate this first general management of her own affairs. If I am congress of Greece, since the Achaian asked what sort of government is best league, in which, on the 21st January, 1821, suited to the circumstances of that coun. she declared her independence, together try, I answer, that which, with certain mo. with the wisdom and talent displayed by difications, the people themselves first esher leaders in their deliberations, and the tablished. The complex interests and old enlightened policy which directed their suc- institutions which in other countries rencessful labours, we are filled with admira- der a different form of government expetion and astonishment. Never let it be dient, do not exist here. Let them revert, said that Greece is unable to form or main. then, to the simple systems of her ancestain a settled government of her own. I tors-let their chief magistrate (call him foresee that the time will shortly arrive archon, president, consul, or what you will) when the attention of the great powers of be elective, but chosen by the elect of the peoEurope will be called to the affairs of ple-let them have their ephori- the name Greece.* I predict this from the favour is still familiar-and, above all, let them and sympathy which her cause has already have their ecclesiui, or their popular assemreceived in Western Europe; but however blies; they will thus be modelled on the important such sympathy may be in her Spartan form of government—the best of present struggle, however honourable to the old Greek constitutions, as being the those enlightened nations that have evinc-most perfectly tricorporal-a constitution ed it, and indeed there is nothing that more which, as Potter remarks, bearing a close strongly proves the progress of their own affinity to that of Britain, preserved its civilisation and freedom than the enthu- triple elements, and endured, in a flourishsiasm which has been called forth by the ing condition, for nearly eight hundred sufferings of Greece, and that noble cru- years. Such a form of government would sade of so many generous freemen to her meet support which I do not think is likely

to be granted to any other-it would be con* How complete has been the fulfilment of these genial to the cherished remembrances of forebodings of my departed friend ! He died shortly the people, and those haughty and inde. after Capo d'Istrias was made president by the al. pendent chieftains might be induced to lied powers; and though he deprecated the appoint. submit to an authority delegated from ment of a Russian minister to preside over the affairs of Greece, yet he acknowledged the personal

themselves. The person of the chief mamerit and claims of Capo d'Istrias as an illustrious gistrate would be more secure-his office Greek; but what would he have said, had he lived more respected. It is Machiavelli who, I to witness that abortion of Gothic despotism which believe, says, “He who attains the supreme has been for a time established in Greece by foreign office through the great, holds a more preinterference? What, in the name of all that's abcarious title than he who acquires it through surd, had Bavaria to do with Greece ? But it is the people”—the purest source from England who will suffer for this, the consummation whence it can flow. of her folly in the triple alliance. By assuming a The reduction of Corinth, perhaps the high and independent tone in the affairs of Greece, most important point in Greece, followed which our possession of the Ionian islands war, fast upon that of Tripolitza, and the seat of ranted, and by guaranteeing her independence, and granting her some commercial advantages, which government was removed shortly after to to a naturally maritime country would have been

that place. so encouraging and valuable, we should have called I had met at the congress the celebrated forth the numerous resources of that fine country, Greek admiral Miaulis; the brave old man and have established a free and flourishing state, is indeed worthy of the esteem and admithe best bulwark against the now so dreaded en-ration of his countrymen; frank and simcroachments of Russia in the East.-P.

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of Themistocles the moderation, ay, and it Greeks were quite unequal to attack them, may be added, the justice of Aristides, for, and he therefore resolved, that while the amidst all the jealous rivalry of contend- rest of his little squadron should remain ing chieftains, his purity alone has never in the offing, two fireships should be de. been questioned. He invited me to accom- spatched to make a night attack on the pany him on a cruise in the Archipelago; enemy's fleet. They were to assume as and as the campaign for the season had for much as possible the appearance of merthe most part closed with the fall of Co-chant ships, and on making the land, to rinth, I had begun to tire of the predatory impede their way by towing hawsers or kind of warfare which was now pursued sails overboard, so that, coasting along on both sides, and to incline to so favoura. during the day without attracting the ob. ble an opportunity of visiting the shores servation of the Turks, they might be able of the Egean, when one of those barba- to enter the Bay of Scio at nightfall, when rous and shocking events, which give such our daring and bravery were to do the rest. a ruthless character to Turkish warfare, Miaulis promised that the squadron should occurred, and hastened my determination. stand in, and pick us up at daybreak.

The second campaign opened, on the This bold and excellent plan was as nobly part of the Turks, with the desolation of executed. I got permission to go on board Scio, and the massacre of its wretched the fireship commanded by Canaris, one inhabitants. Remarkable for quiet sub- of the most intrepid seamen of Greece, mission to the rule of their Turkish lords, and well acquainted with the management the Sciotes had long devoted their atten- of these destructive flotillas. tion to commerce, and their island was now the happiest and most flourishing of the Grecian Archipelago, alike distinguished by the polite hospitality of its inhabitants and the beauty of its women.

Still they were Greeks, and could not witness

CHARMING ROSELLE. without sympathy their countrymen struggling for freedom against a common tyrant. An ill-advised and abortive insurrection soon furnished their barbarous enemies CHARMING Roselle! lovely Roselle, with a pretext too favourable for the indul- Come to the fountain you love so well! gence of their lust and cruelty, not to be Oh, no! she hath gone taken advantage of.

To the shelvy shore, On the 22d of April, the capitan pacha, Where her gay lover rests with a large fleet, five of them being ships

On his idle oar: of the line, entered the bay, and opened

There's a blush on her cheek upon the town, while several thousand Which a tale doth tell, soldiers were landed under cover of their To-morrow he weds fire. Unprepared to resist such an over Our young Roselle ! whelming force, without concert or any settled plan of defence, the wretched Sci- Charming Roselle, lovely Roselle ! otes, abandoning all thoughts of resistance, She hath left the fountain she loved so well: only hoped to save themselves by flight. In the giddy world, The town was now set on fire by the infu

Ah! she smiles no more, riated Mussulmans, and man, woman, and

For her gay lord is changed, child, given to the edge of the sword! In And his love, it is o'er! this dreadful scene of wholesale destruc There's a shade on her brow tion thousands perished, or were led into

Which a tale doth tell,captivity; the latter, mostly women

Deserted she pines, boys, selected for their beauty, and only Our poor Roselle ! reserved for a fate still more horrible. So atrocious and wanton an act of barbarity, Charming Roselle, lovely Roselle ! instead of striking the patriots with terror, She sits by the fountain she loves so well. only excited a deeper feeling of detestation,

For the roses that decked and an impatient desire for a bloody and Her raven hair, adequate revenge.

Why are rushes and straws Sharing in these feelings, I embarked on Twisted wildly there? board the corvette which carried the flag

There's a glare in the eye of Miaulis, and, in company with some

Which a tale doth tell: smaller vessels and two fire-ships, sailed

Oh! a maniac roves for the straits of Scio. The atonement for


poor Roselle! the late atrocious massacre, and the se. cond great naval triumph of the Greeks, were reserved for and planned by my friend Miaulis. He observed, that it was utterly useless to appear in force off Scio, as the enemy would have time to get into the open sea, where the light vessels of the






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tions-well, seven now-just dined-he a “My dear fellow,” said Captain Francis bottle, I another-seven-twelve Why, Forbes, “what are you doing with yourself about one I may be emancipated—will that to-night?”

do ?” "I

am thinking of suicide," replied Mr. • Excellently. I am going into the club Walter Wickham ; " but I have not yet quite for an hour and then to see Lablache paro. determined the mode."

dy honest Jack Falstaff-he wants the buck. “ Have a good plan. Mechified razors ?" basket for doing it-I shall stop the ballet,

“ No; though they looked very tempting and then step out of the Opera into a hack, while I dressed ; but vulgar-quite vulgar. and stop for you at the Lords--give you ten I did think of tightening my cravat, but I re- minutes' grace, and then go without you—50 membered that a Turkishi bowstring was as you know what you have to expect.” small as a lady's needleful of embroidery “ I shall expect you." silk, or a fibre of her hair ; so I tied my cra Ha, ha !-well, adio !" vat in the ordinary style. I hate things in a Mr. Walter Wickham, with the air of a coarse vulgar way.”

martyr, entered the mysterious sanctuary of “ And prussic acid ?"

the Lords, all bright with crimson and gold, “ Has become the property of clerks and and wonderfully small to hold all the coromilliners."

neted wisdom in the realm. There stood the “ And drowning ?"

empty throne, and there sat the lordly chan. - Is too cold-this time of the year.” cellor, pillowed in his wig and his woolsack, “ And dancing on the tight rope ?" and there gathered in the recipients of all the " I never could dance."

hereditary sense of the nation, notwithstand" And shooting ?"

ing that some of the heads that held it nod* Makes such a noise."

ded with its weight, and a curious degree of " And poisoning ?"

ophthalmic disease prevailed, which of “Gives us ugly faces."

course could not be sleep, though it resem" And a bolster ?"

bled it in some of its symptoms. Requires assistance; and as it is murder Mr. Walter Wickham was happy enough for lookers-on, I am determined to postpone to catch a nod and a smile from his illustri. it till I can be the principal.”

ous relation, Lord Killikelly, as he got upon "I think you had better; and meanwhile ?" his legs, after the business of the House had “I am booked, billeted, enlisted, pressed.” progressed about two hours. He took out his “ On what service ?''

watch—just nine-and then looked at his un. O, to the everlasting House! How I do cle. long to go to sleep on the woolsack! The What was Lord Killikelly like? Why, Babel of eternal clamour! To be crushed he was a specimen of human nature that had under pyramids of words-mountains of sen- been flourishing in this world of ours about tences-dictionaries of dulness. O that the forty years; and this duration brings morpoor six-and-twenty sounds of the human tality to a sort of clearing-ground of the voice formed by the organs of speech should weeds and follies of youth, which, at such an be capable of being drawn out into these in- age, are exceedingly apt to die a natural terminable spider webs !-spider-webs of death, being, like the youth which engenders wire-wire spider-webs, and I'the poor fly in them, only temporary things, and yielding the midst."

their ground to the more durable and better Why don't you rebel ?"

wearing vices, such as covetousness and am“ Because that would be an assertion of bition, which, being only perversions of imfree-will."

mortal virtues, are of course indestructible, “ Any objection to that?”

and never die, even in patriarchal age. We "Only a compulsory one."

do not say that these were Lord Killikelly's “Will your uncle speechify long to-night?” vices—we are not going to utter a word of

Only as long as he can stand upon his scandal-- we will not dissect him—we will legs.

not even give a sketch of his nose ; all that " Or till his wits fail him."

we will say of Lord Killikelly's person is, “ Or till his tongue tire.”

that it was exceedingly diminutive, and that " Which will be soonest ?”

he had a gentlemanly ugliness-an ugliness “O, his under-standing undoubtedly." that is so far from being disagreeable, that

" Well, but soberly, at what time do you it is infinitely better than vulgar comeliness. expect to be free to-night ?"

Now it is part of the most beautiful of all “O, sober enough some time to-morrow doctrines, the doctrine of compensation, that morning."

little men should make great speeches; and "Ha, ha !-well, but we are going to have as great things cannot generally be got into a little supper-what say you ?

small space, so Lord Killikelly could not, by “Should like it of all things. Let me see any earthlý power of hydraulics or steam -ministers pretty quiet-Brougham not in pressure, compress more than a certain num.

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ber of words into a certain number of seconds; is getting old, the hands of the clock did cirtherefore, though the torrent came thick and cumambulate—it was nine-it was ten-ele. fast, thicker and faster, thicker and faster ven-twelve-one-half-past one and then, still, so the time wore on, but like an ugly joy! there was a shuffling of feet, and coughgarment, as if it would never wear out. The ing, and hemming, and putting on of hats, Lord Chancellor nodded his approbation, and shaking of garments, and donning of and kept his eyes shut that he might be all great coats, and crackling of Macs; and the ear: the draperies of the throne waved their reporters that had been asleep woke up, and regal approbation, the red curtains began to the reporters that had been obliged to keep dance in gentle motions like the Bayaderes, awake blessed their stars that fine glittering the opposition slept audibly, and even his starlight night, and there was a general brush, own party took snatches of refreshment, only and a rush, and a stumble. The house was waking up at intervals to cry“ hear! hear!" awake, quite awake-it had broken up-it either in the proper or improper places; not was like an open prison, liberty and delight, a few adjourned to Bellamy's for a steak, and some of the lords rushed out, and some desiring to be sent for just an hour after Lord of the lords lounged out, and Walter WickKillikelly had reached his lastly; the report- ham, feverish with delight, like a boy out of ers laid themselves down on the floor of their school after having got through some imposlittle sheepfold, and those who were lucky sible lesson, made his way up to his uncle, enough to belong to the other side went very looking as pleasant as possible, and laid his comfortably to sleep for a few hours, trusting hand upon his arm. to the joy that would fill the house when his “ Well, Walter, well--what did you think lordship had finished and sat down again, to of that last argument ? Did it tell ? Did it awaken them, while the unfortunate set who tell ?" had to register his oratorical exertions lay “ Outdid yourself, sir.”.. down and wrote upon their hats, trusting to

"Ah! think so ? Well-glad of that; but good fortune and the shaking of their elbows getting late for you—home as fast as possinot to fall somnolescent; but all these indul- ble. Just want to speak to Flummarie, and gences were denied to Walter Wickham, then home too. Glad you think that a good who was obliged to listen without equivoca- argument. Bye with you.” tion.

" Delightful !” exclaimed Wickham, and We have said that he caught the nod and off he bounded, enraptured at having regainthe smile of his uncle as he set out on his ed his liberty, and in some faint hope of speech, like the good-bye inclination of the coming in for the latter end of the feast, and head of an outside passenger on the top of a the champagne; but, just as he reached the stage.coach as the driver gives the first flour-lobby, he found himself seized by the button. ish of his whip, and the wheels whirl round, “My dear Wickham, I'm immensely glad and then on and on he went, like the man to see you ! Did you ever feel anything like with the steam leg, or the railway train, or this heat? It must do an immense amount the perpetual motion, or anything ihat never of mischief to the constitution ! quite frightstops, and that is only time, though time just ful! perfectly astounding !" now seemed to be panting after him as though “Yes, rather warm." it never, never could get up to him. The “ Rather warm! Why, the shock upon repeaters kept striking the same hour, the the brain is quite frightful-perfectly astound. minute hand seemed to have made a resolve ing. I am sure the Lords must have suffer-: not to make a revolve, the hour hand had an ed an imrnense amount of mischief-an im. obstinate fit of immovability. Mr. Wickham mense amount !". thought of the splendid theatre, of the volup

6 I rather think that they slept tolerably tuous show, the streams of light dancing in well, and forgot it.”' myriads of glittering beams through diamond Slept ! ah, slept! Yes, there is an imlustres, the throng of the elite, the dress, the mense amount of character in the Lordsman show, the pageantry, the beauty, the pretty immense amount of character. Ordinary coquetry, the piquing whisper, and the long men would have kept awake. What an im. dying strains of harmony-and then his ear mense amount of character it shows to go to caught a few of his uncle's emphatic denun- sleep. It is perfectly astounding." ciations, as if in the tone of filing iron, and Wickham twisted his button out of the fin. then his thoughts turned again to the little gers of the astounded man, not being willing supper, the delicious French cuisinier, the un- to leave that as a gratuity, and got as far as speakable champagne, liberty of thought, the vestibule : here, amidst a crowd of the leave and license, any thing and every thing peers, and the retainers of the house, he felt allowable, all glee, all frolic, all spice, all himself pulled by the sleeve, and turning spirit—and all this waiting for the everlast- round, recognised one of the messengers. ing clock to go round, that would not move “ Mr. Wickham, sir ?" a bit faster than it pleased, just as if it were « Yes ! yes! well ?" standing still to listen to his uncle-and there " A gentleman waiting for you at the door, stood his uncle with an organ of speech as if in a hack, sir.” it were made of India rubber, promising to Wickham needed no further intimation : last for ever.

he bounded off, threaded his way through the But, at last, slowly, by dull degrees, lag- mob of cabs and carriages, drivers, and pogardly, as laggardly as one finds out that one licemen, and got bundled into a hack, of


Have you

which the coachman was standing with the the much greater value of their time than door open ready to receive him.

that of any other human being. “All the heavenly constellations be prais Lord Killikelly had found himself very ed !” exclaimed Wickham as he bounded in, ill on this disastrous morning. " that I have at last escaped from my dear " III, my lord-very sorry,' said the docuncle's eternal tongue. A five hours' speech, tor, meaning all the while that he was very Forbes, believe me, as I am alive-or rather, glad. as I am half dead ; five hours' tedious, tire "Yes, doctor, quite out of sorts-public some, wire-worn twaddling !"

duties--overworn-great mentalexertion.” Some sort of hysterical affection, a kind of

" Yes, yes I see,


We must rest, gurgling and choking in the throat, a violent we must rest.” agitation of the whole body, a passionate pull “ But, in the present state of the country, at the check-string—all these symptoms of it is every mau's dutysudden insanity on the part of his companion, “ Yes, yes-] see, I see.

We must roused Wickham's attention.

strengthen the system-we must strengthen " Why, what now, Forbes-what now?” the system."

os It is I, sir-it is I!” exclaimed the Do you think, doctor, that an oratorical voice of his uncle, in tones that might exertion is injurious ? Do you think that have been dignified enough for a Roman my public duties are detrimental to my emperor, had they not been impregnated health ? I made a short speech-that is, I both with passion and feeling.

spoke in the house last night. If Wickham had been bit by the taran- seen the morning papers ? tula, or had found himself by mistake at the Something like one of the solitary twinkmouth of a four-and-twenty-pounder, with les of one of the palest of the stars 'shone a match at its touch-hole, or if he had ac- out of the corners of the doctor's eyes ; cidentally wandered into Van Amburgh's that was the only sort of shining that ever den, he could not have rebounded with came out of them, except when they reflectgreater celerity. Before the coachman ed the brightness of a sovereign. could stop the whirling of his wheels, and " I did just see the papersbut my time before the segment of another had circled is of so much value- I am actually torn to round, Wickham had dashed open the pieces. I have killed three pair of horses door, and, at the hazard of life and limb, this winter. I have no time to read." had bounded out; and, without one earthly “ Did you happen to notice whether my purpose in view, had fairly shown his speech was reported ?" valour by running away.

Yes, O yes-it was there—but I did not

read it-my time is of so much value.” CHAPTER II.

“ I did not presume that you would

honour it with your attention,” said my However disagreeably nights pass, lord, with dignity. mornings do come all the same; so the The doctor found that he was wrong; morning came, after that eventful night, instead of getting out of the mire, he had just in the usual way, and found Lord got deeper into it. Killikelly sitting at his library-table, cross “ I shall find time-I shall find time. I and discontented with himself and all the have it here in my pocket ready.. world.

And so he had, to show to a few favoured A speech,” said Lord Killikelly, solilo patients to whom he made the amiable. quising, " that I had taken so much pains “ Yes, yes I see, I see. We must write with. Deep thought-grave consideration for you, my lord. I see-I see. Overworn -statesman-like-views-enlarged concep. with public duties. Yes, yes; we must tions-vigorous measures-vivid language. relax, we must recruit; we must strengthen And that jackanapes boy. He to under- the system.” value my speech-that I've nursed from ** Yes, my public duties and my private his cradlerio talk of my five hours' speech. ones. My nephew, doctor, is a great anxIt was not five hours—but I won't be angry. Jiety to me.” A statesman and a philosopher ought not Ah, indeed, indeed; out of healthto be angry. No, I am not angry; but I'll shall have great pleasure in writing for never see him again ; that is a cool deter- him.” mination."

" A sad boy, doctor-a sad boy ; gives Just at this juncture dashed up a hasty me the greatest uneasiness.” wheel to the door. A dark green chariot “ Yes, yes, public duties and private anxstopped in a violent hurry-you might ieties. We must strengthen the system. know it for a doctor's, because it was so Shall we write for your heir ? no doubt we dirty; that part of the profession who can do him good.” really keep their own, never giving their " Mr. Wickham is not my heir, and very servants time to clean them, and the great- likely never will be.er part having jobs, and not caring whether Ah! ah! indeed. Perhaps no occasion they are clean or not-and you might to write for him, then.

But we'll soon put know it for a doctor's by the hurry; stop all to rights with you, my lord. We must with a dash-out in a hurry-in doors in a strengthen the system-we must strengthen hurry-all to impress you with an idea of the system. Ah! here are pen and paper;"

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