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implements to carry on their work. here, there was not an instance of any, Their cars have the rude appearance of accident by fire. the earliest ages ; these vehicles are In the houses of foreign merchants, Howly drawn by two stout oxen. The the Galicians are the only servants emcorn is felled by the treading of the ployed, and many of the Portuguese fame animals as in the days of the Ifrae- prefer them to the natives in that capalites ; hence, probably, the scripture city; they cook the victuals, clean the proverb, Thou fhalt' not muzzle the ox rooms, and make the beds. If there ihat treadeth the corn. They have many be any female servants in the house, unother custons, which, to us, appear der the age of five and thirty, they are very singular ; for example, women fit invisible, except to the mistress and her with the left side toward the horse's daughters ; after this age they are left head when they ride. A postillion to their own discretion, as their charms rides on the left horse. Footmen play are then fupposed to be sufficiently faat cards while they are waiting for their ded to render them secure from the inmasters. A taylor sits at his work like vasions of gallantry. a fhoemaker. A hair-dresser appears
The ladies seldom breath the pure on Sundays with a sword, a cockade, air, except in their short excursions to and two watches, or at least two watch- the next chapel, which they visit at least chains. A tavern is known by a vine once a day. buih. A house to be let, by a piece of The Portuguese ladies poffefs many blaok paper. An accoucheuse door, amiable qualities ! they are chaste, moby a white cross. And a Jew is known delt, and extremely affectionate to their by his extra-Catholic devotion. kindred. No woman goes out of doors
The lower class, of both sexes, are without the permission of her husband very fond of gaudy apparel ; we observe or parents. 'To avoid all fufpicion, even the filh-women with trinkets and men, even though relations, are not albrackets of gold about the neck and lowed to visit their apartments, or to writ. The fruit-women are distinguish- sit beside them in public places. Hence ed by a particular dress.
their lovers are seldom gratified with a All the drudgery is performed by sight of them, except in the churches ; Galicians, who may be called the hew- here they make signs and figoals : ers of wood and drawers of water of
Address and compliment by vision, this metropolis ; they are patient, in Make love and court by intuition. duftrious, and faithful to a proverb.
Hudibras. One of the principal employments, in which they are daily engaged, is fup- the duenna, the lovers contrive to ex
Notwithstanding the watchful eye of plying the citizens with water, which they carry on their shoulders’in small change billet-doux, and that in to fub
tile wooden barrels from the different foun- whose breast glows not with a similar
a manner, that none can perceive it tains, Every Galician, in this fervitude, is the altar, are often the messengers on
flame. The little boys who attend at obliged, by the police of the city, to thefe occasions. When one of these carry one of these vessels, filled with
wingless cupids receives the letter, he water, to his lodgings, every night, makes his way through the audience till and, in case of fire, to laften with it to he approaches the fair one, then he afilt in extinguishing the flames, at the throws himself on his knees, repeating first found of the fire-bell; any neglect his Ave Maris ftella, and beating his in this respect is feverely punished ; on breast ; after finishing his ejaculations the contrary, they are sure to be reward. and crossing his forehead, he falls on ed in proportion to their vigilance. But
his face and hands, and fervently kiffes the people are feldom visited by that dreadful scourge : during my residence
the ground; in the mean time he con-.
veys the letter under the lady's drapery deft; those who accustom themselves
to exercise have, nevertheless, a beau-
Various are the contrivances to which perhaps, once in an age ; milliners, perthey are compelled to refort, in order fumers, and fancy dress makers, are to elude fufpicion ; and in' no part of professions as unknown in Lisbon, as in their lives do they evince more prudence ancient Lacedemon. than during their courtship. Their na Widows are allowed to marry, but tural disposition to secrecy is the means they do not avail themselves of that priof their continuing for years under the vitege as often as in other countrics. impreffion of the tender paffion; and There are many Portuguese, particularly they must have fallen victims to it, were those of the good old stock, who look it not that refined, that virtuous, love upon it as a species of adultery lanctionwhich Guevara describes.
ed by the law. “ Arde y no quema; alumbra y no Women do not assume the familydanna ; quema y no consume, resplende names of their husbands, as with us. y no lastima, purifica y no abrasa; y In all the vicisitudes of matrimony, auo calienta y no congoxa.--It glows, they retain their maiden names. but scorches not; it enlightens, but The men are generally addressed by hurts not; it consumes not, though it their Christian names, as Senhor Peburns ; it dazzles not, though it glit- dro. Supernames are
Marriage feasts are attended with vast residence, or striking blemishes or ac-
In their christenings and funerals also men and women, are often superadded
The abftemiousness of the Portuguese versant in the transactions of Asia or
for ease, or want of curiosity, they ap- fection, I mean bathing; neither do pear to have an aversion for travelling, they take exercise enough for the preeven in their own country. A Portu- servation of health. guese can steer a ship to Brazil with less The lower class are endowed with difficulty than he can guide his horse many excellent qualities ; they are relifrom Lisbon to Oporto.
gious, honest, and fober, affectionate People, thus estranged from the neigh- to their parents, and respectful to their bouring nations, are naturally averse fuperiors. We must not, however, exfrom the influx of mere theoretical doc. pect to find them possessed of these quatripes, which tend to disturb the tran- lities on the verge of seaport towns, as quillity of established opinions. They their manners are there corrupted by exclude at once the sources of modern mingling with refugee adventurers from luxuries and refinements, modern vicés various nations. Strangers, therefore, and improvements.
are often misled, who form the charac. Hence their wants, comparatively ter of the people through this adultespeaking, are but few, and these are ea- rated medium. It is in the country onlily satisfied; their love of ease exempts ly they can be found, uninfluenced by them from many paffions to which other foreign manners or foreign customs, in nations are subject; gross offences are their true national state, and there we rarely known among them, but when behold them honeft, obliging, affable, once offended they are not easily ap- and mannerly. A Portuguese peasant peafed ; passions that are seldom roused, will not walk with a superior, an aged act with the greater violence when agi- person, or a stranger, without giving tated; under this impression individuals him the right-hand side, as a mark of have sometimes been hurried to violent respect. He never passes by a human acts of revenge ; but now, the vigilance being without taking off his fat, and of the magistrates, and the growth of saluting him in these words : “ the Lord civilization, hạve blunted the point of preserve you for many years.”
In the dagger.
speaking of an absent friend, he says, The temperance of the people, and morro com saudades de o ver: I die their exemption from hard labour; the with impatience to see him." Of a fragrance of the air, and the number of morning, when he meets the compamineral springs with which the country nions of his toil in the field, he falutes abounds, are circumstances so favourable them in a complaisant manner, and ento the human constitution, that we should quires after their little families. His
, naturally expect to find the Portuguese day's work is computed from the rising live to a great age, yet there are not of the fun to its setting ; out of which many remarkable instances of longevity he is allowed half an hour for breakfast, among them ; but there are fewer cut and two hours for dinner, in order to off by natural causes before the age of refresh himself with a nap during the threescore, than among an equal num
meridian heat. If he labour in the vineber, perhaps, in any other part of Eu- yard, he is allowed a good portion of rope. One rarely meets a Portuguese, wine. When his day's work is over he however aged, crippled with the gout, fings vespers, and on Sunday he attunes or bowed with infirmity.
his guitar, or joins in a fandango dance. The handsomest persons of both sex. His male children are educated in the es, are found in the province of Eltra. neighbouring convent, whence he also madura ; that scourge of beauty, the receives fustenance for himself and fasmallpox, does not rage here with the mily, if distressed or unable to work. fame violence as in cold climates. The They all imagine their country is the inhabitants neglect one thing, which, in blessed elysium, and that Lisbon is the a country like this, would tend to ex. greatest city in the world. In their pand the human frame to its full per- proverbial language, they say, “ He
id who has not seen Lisbon, has seen no- which nature has blessed them, and the E me thing." Indeed they have proverbs abundance of delicious fruit the soil yields
for almost every thing, which, being with little labour. Under every mis
founded on long experience, are gene fortune they are sure to find consolation recht
rally true, though the above is a striking in religion; and next to these divine cionats intance to the contrary.
Of the coun- favours, music is the greatest solace of tries which, like their own, do not pro- their lives : it dissipates the forrows of duce corn, wine, and oil, they enter the poor man, and refines the sentiments
taia but a mean opinion. They picture of the rich ; life glides on agreeably VDS 4
20 themselves the misery of the inhabi- mid such endearing scenes. It would Cants of northern climates, who shudder be vain to persuade a Portuguese, that ia the midst of frost and snow, while they he could enjoy such happiness in any
Ehemselves are basking in their green other quarter of the globe : he is curfields. These circumstances, and the tured in this opinion, and if chance or affectionate attachment they have for misfortune should impel him into a fo. their king, endear them to their native reign land, he pines as if in a state of Coil
. They centre a great portion of captivity: Eheir happiness in the fine climate with
(To be continued.) NATIONAL CHARACTER OF THE SCOTS. rfare SIR,
tellectual than creative, they owe their THE following attempt, by a South cination than the intuition of genius,
attainments more to the powers of ratioBritain, to characterize the Scotch, Excited by the natural activity of their may be amusing to your readers. I ahink it is not without discernment, tinual exercise, laborious, Ateady, and
minds, which are strengthened by conzhough, perhaps, it is not ftrialy just. By persevering, they feldom fail to attain giving it a place, you will oblige your the obje&t of their pursuits. constant reader,
In their tempers they are naturally SINCE the union effe&ted between choleric, petulant, and pertinacious, imthe two kingdoms of Scotland and Eng- patient of contradiction, and indignant land, the Scotch have formed lo conli- at reproof; but their natural habits are derable and distinguished a part of socie- often times subdued by prudence, correctty in this country, that it may not be, ed by discretion, and softened by the perhaps, an useless or unimportant task, influence of polite intercourse. to delineate their national character, as In their manners they are originally it may contribute to rescue merit from unpolished, but they afterwards become the detra&tion of calumny, on the one nicely adapted to their situations in the hand, and to circumscribe within the world : Strangers to that equality of re
bounds of truth, the praise which is at- finement which is produced by the gebe tributed to it in the other.
neral diffusion of afluence in a wealthy In considering them with a view to state, and accustomed to the establithed e
their intellectual faculties, we must ac- gradations of fuperiority, their manners
knowledge, that they possess a quickness are originally stamped with the inptes=
of comprehension, a clearness of concep. fion of their particular station, and aftion, a penetrating sagacity, and a solid terwards conform themselves only to the judgment; but they are distinguished exigency of temporary circumstances. father for a strength of understanding, To their inferiors they are haughty, to than a sublimity of genius, or a brillian- their equals severe, and to their superiors cy of imagination.
submislive; but their haughtiness is not Their minds are a rich foil, which is always accompanied with contumely, always fertile in proportion to its culti. their severity with moroseness, or their vation ; possessed of faculties rather in- submislion with meanness. In the quaVol. LVIII.
lities of their heart, as in the faculties tion by the acquirement of power;
but of the mind, we find them impressed governed by the precepts of that frugal with the stamp of education : imbibing, prudence which is a part of their educain their earliest age, the facred princi- tion in an inaffluent state, or biassed by ples of religion, their conviction com- the considerations which suggest themmonly remains for ever imprinted on felves to the mind employed in the purtheir minds, and they are therefore ge- suit of wealth, they possess not, in nerally sincere in its profession, even very eminent degree, the more generous though they may not be exactly obser- affections of the human breast. Carevart of its precepts : rarely becoming ful only to obey the compulsory mandates profligate, though they may híve ceased of duty, if they satisfy its demands, to be virtuous, and retaining a sense of they seldom exceed its limits ; and, conpiety, although they may have disregard- tračting the expanse of human charity, ed the dietates of morality.
they too often circumscribe the extent of Influenced by these principles, they their beneficence within the circle of nacommonly act with integrity, unless cor- tional philanthropy, rupted by affluence, or excited to ambi
CUSTOMS AND DIVERSIONS OF THE ANGLO-SAXONS. THE customs introduced by the the husbandman.“ By these pursuits,”' Normans to England, were, in general, says John of Salisbury, “ they lose their praise-worthy and gentleman-like, when humanity, and become monsters like compared to those of the Anglo-Saxons. the favage animals they chase ; shepKnighthood, which necessarily compre- herds and their flocks -are driven from hended a brave and liberal heart, a firm their pastures, that wild beasts may demeanor, and a graceful performance range in them at large ; should one of ? of manlike exercises, flourished under these potent noblemen approach your their protection. The knight, after dwelling, hasten to bring out every rehaving served a kind of apprenticeship, freshment which you have in your house, during seven or eight years as an es or which you can beg or borrow of your quire, bound himself, by a folemn oath, neighbours, left you should find the fato be loyal to his king, to protect the tal consequence of your neglect; and, virtuous
part of the fair sex, and to re. perhaps, be accused of treason." scue widows and orphans from oppres The game of chess, and still more fion, at the hazard of his life. The the various chances of the dice, contilts and tournaments (which were pom-. stituted domestic amusements for the pous festivals, where the skill and agili. great, That they carried these to exty of the knight were severely tried,) cess we may judge from many circumafforded perpetual incentives to excel stances. Even the horrors of civil war Jence in military science ; and the pic- could not damp the spirit of gaming ; turesque duty annexed to chivalry, of for M. Paris complains of the barons, chusing a supreme lady, in defence of associated to resist the tyranny of John, whose beauty and virtue, her knight was for spending their time in luxury, and always ready to combat, hid its own playing with dice, when their appearabsurdity under a veil of elegance.-St ance was wanted in the field. Excef. Palaye sur la Chevalerie.
five gaming at sea was restrained by the Besides the tournament, a diversion second of those laws, which the united only allotted to persons of rank, the fa- kings of England and France drew up vourite sports of the principal Normans, in 1190, for the government of the were hunting and hawking; these the force fitted out against the Saracens, king's prelates, and noblemen, pursued There it is enacted that knights and with an incredible eagerness, and with clerks shall be restrained to the loss of put the smallest regard to the labours of twenty Shillings (nearly what fifteen