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during this balt may be easily ima.' urging my horse, advanced to the gined. Complaints were unavailing. spot where I observed the camels We mixed vinegar with the little re- were collecting together. . In about maining water, to moisten occasional. half an hour I found myself amongst ly our mouths. The dear child slept a circle of animals greedily contendsourdly from fatigue; and the depar- , ing for a draught of muddy water, ture of the caravan, which we has. confined in a small superficial well tened as much as in our power, was about five feet in diameter.' Pres. a moment of joy.

sing to the edge, I laid myself upon Little conversation took place be. 'my belly, and by means of my hand, tween my companion and myself: he supplied myself with a fluid, which, was very ill, and we both dreaded however filthy in itself, and contamithe return of noon, when in general nated by the disgusting mouths of as the heated air began to affect us, and maoy camels and men as could reach travelled on in silent hope of speedy it, was a source of indescribable gra. relief.

tification. It is wholly out of the At two o'clock P. M. the Simoo- power of language to convey any leh blew stronger than usual from idea of the blissful enjoyment of obthe S. E. ; and on joining the Mo. taining water after an almost total hafah, I soon observed an afflicting want of it during eight and forty change had taken place in the coun. hours, in the scorching regions of an tenance of my friend. It was now Arabian desart in the month of that, in aggravation of all my suffer- July ! ings, I foresaw the impossibility of But this moment of gratification his long resisting the violently burn. was soon succeeded by one of peculiar ing blasts which, with little intermis. horror and anxiety. Scarcely had I sion, continued to assail us. The quenched my thirst before the Mohaf-thermometer hanging round my peck fah arrived. I flew with a bowl full of was up to 116; and the little remain. water to my friend ; who drank but ing water, which was in a leathern little of it, and in great haste. Alas! bottle, suspended at the corner of it was his last draught! His lovely the Mohaffah, had become so thick, child, too, eagerly moistened her resembling the residuum of an ink. mouth of roses, blistered by the noxstand, that, parched and thirsty as I ious blast! felt, I could not relieve my distress With difficulty Joannes and myby any attempt to swallow it.

self supported my feeble friend to At length I perceived evident where the tent had been thrown marks of our approaching the longo down from the camel's back. He looked for wells, where some relief stammered out a question respecwas to be expected. The basty ting the time of the day ; to march of the leading camels and which. I answered it was near four : siragglers, all verging towards one and requesting the Arabs to hold opoint, convinced me we were not far ver him part of the tent (to pitch from the place of our destination, it required too much time,) I unWilling to communicate the glad packed as speedily as possible ourtidings to my friend, I rode to him, 'liquor.chest, and hastened to offer and expressed my hope that he would him some Visnee (a kind of cherrybe soon refreshed by a supply of wa. brandy :) but Nature was too much

He replied, " Thank God! exhausted! I sat down, and receive but I am almost dead.” I endea. ing him in my arms, repeated my en. voured to cheer his spirits, and then deavours to engage him to swallow a

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small portion of che liqueur. Alt hu. ed by distress, but submissively bowman efforts were vain! Gust after ing to the decrees of his divine will ! gust of pestilential air dried up the Never can such a night 26 that I springs of life, and he breathed his passed be blotted froin my remem. last upon my bosom!

brance. The morning dawned but Let the reader of sensibility reflect to renew my sorrows, and expose me upon the concomitant circumstances to a repetition of dangers. The which attended this afflicting scene, same fatigue attended me; the same and then refer to the sensations pestiferous air awaited but mid-day which will be created in his own to annoy me; but resistance and es.. breast, to form some idea of those cape were in practicable. which must have lacerated mine! Summoning, therefore, within me Let him paint to himself a traveller, every sentiment of religion and phi. of an age alive to every feeling, in losophy, I rose to face my difficul. the midst of the Desart of Arabia, ties. Placing my little ward, now with the corpse of his respected become my peculiar care, on friend, burnt to the appearance of a

side of the Mohaffah, and suppressing cinder, black, yet warm, on one side my feelings at observing the vacancy of him; and on the other, the daugh- on the other, I mounted my horse, ter of that friend, the most angelic and proceeded with the avant.guard child that nature ever formed, un- of the caravan. conscious of her loss, and with the We travelled in the usual manner prattle of innocence inquiring " where until near sunset, and experienced her dear papa was gone to ?” It the same oppressive heat during was a scene as little to be support- great part of the day.

As soon as ed as described ; and the honest we came to our ground, I endeavourļears I shed bore ample testimony to ed to repose myself under the tent, the wounded sensibility of my heart. and waited with but little appetite

But a short time, however, could for the dish of rice which the servant be allowed to assuage my grief or to was preparing for our supper. A cry indulge it. Who were to perform of fire soon aroused me ; and upon enthose last sad offices of friendship, so quiry, I discovered thao Joaones, harequisite, and yet so difficult? Who ving incautiously made the fire near would undertake to prepare with de- the Mohaffah, the wind had blown cency for the grave the disfigured re- some of the light fuel into it, and mains of my kind companion? Who one half of this retreat from the ar. would assist in these disgusting yet dent rays of the snn was totally conpious occupations ? The servant and sumed. This additional misfortune myself were all that professed the was at such a moment particularly Christian religion, and we alone could distressing ; but I consoled myself on execute its duties.

reflecting that one-half still remained With as much propriety as the to shelter the dear child, and made circumstances admitted, we therefore up my mind to the exposure I could performed the melancholy task ; and now by no means avoid. having induced the Arabs to dig a From the last wells we had prograve near the remains of a village ceeded in a direct line towards the ri. .not far from the wells, I directed the ver Euphrates, thro'a more uneven and body to be carried there, following more fatiguing country than any we it with the dear Marianne, who knelt had passed. The sand was loose, and by me whilst I offered to God the blown into irregular hillocks, chatfimpure effusions of a heart overwhelm- peded our progress considerably, and May 1806.

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we travelled less distance than usual.-- single out men of their sort (with the Gusts of wind, and indeed continual exception of Mr Glover) is hard to strong breezes all night, covered us say, but though his instruments were with sand, and proved inconceivably never in unison, he managed to make troublesome. It was here I saw music out of them all. He could many of those columns of sand, col. make and find amusement in contraslected by a circular movement of the ting the sullenness of a Grumbleto. atmosphere, and appearing as a cone, nian with the egregious vanity and lengthening and increasing in bulk self-conceit of an antiquated coxto a prodigious heighe. The resem- comb, and as for the Doctor he was blance they bear to what the sailors a jack-pudding ready to his hand at term water-spouts, cannot fail of oc- any time. He was understood to be curring to those who have noticed Dodington's body-physician, but I such phenomena at sea; and when believe he cared very little about his they are multiplied in number, as is patient's health, and his patient cafrequently the case, there is some.

red still less about his prescriptions ; thing peculiarly interesting, and even and when, in his capacity of superingrand in the spectacle.

tendant of his patron's dietetics, he The next day brought us to the cried out one morning at breakfast banks of that delightful river, which, to have the muffins taken away, Do. taking its rise in the lofty and almost dington aptly enough cried out at impenetrable mountains of Arrarat, the same time to the servant to take separates the countries of Syria and away the raggamuffin, and truth to Diarbekeer, passes through Arabian say, a more dirty animal thao poor Írak before its junction with the Ti- Thompson was never seen on the outgris, and then empties its waters, in side of a pig stye; yet he had the an united stream, into the Persian plea of poverty and no passion for Guph.

cold water.

It is about a short and pleasant

mile from this villa to the parsonAnecdotes of the late BUBB Doding. age house of Fulham, and Mr Dod. TON. From Cumberland's Memoirs.

ington having visited us with great

politeness, I became a frequent IN the adjoining parish of Hammer, guest at La Trappe, and passed a

smith lived Mr Dodington, at a good deal of time with bim-there, in splendid villa, which, by the rule London also, and occasionally in of contraries, he was pleased to call Dorsetshire. He was certaioly one La Trappe, and his inmates and fa- of the most extraordinary, men of miliars, the monks of the convent ; his time, and as I had opportunities these were Mr Windham his rela- of contemplating his character in all tion, whom he made his heir, Sir its various points of view, I trust my William Breton, privy purse to the readers will not regret that I have king, and Doctor Thompson, a phy. devoted some pages to the further sician out of practice ; these gentle. delineation of it. men formed a very curious society of In the higher provinces of taste very opposite characters; in short it

we may contemplate his character was a trio consisting of a misan: with pleasure, for he had an orthrope, a courtier and a quack. Mrnamented fancy and a brilliant wit. Glover, the author of Leonidas, was He was an elegant Latin classic, and occasionally a visitor, but not an in. well versed in history ancient and momate, as those abovementioned. How dern. His favourite prose writer was a man of Dodington's sort came to Tacitus, and I scarce ever surprised him in his hours of reading without man of letters and a patron of the sci. finding that author upon his table be- ences to overlook a witty head, that fore him. He understood him well, bowed so low, he accordingly put a and descanted upon him very agreea- coronet upon it, which, like the barbly, and with much critical acumen. ren sceptre in the hand of Macbeth, Mr Dodington was in nothing more inerely served as a ticket for the cororemarkable than in ready perspicuity nation procession, and having noand clear discernment of a subject thing else to leave to posterity in methrown before him on a sudden; take mory

of its owner, left its mark his first thoughts theo, and he would upon the lid of his cofin. charm you; give him time to pon. He had his serious hours and der and refine, you would perceive graver topics, which he would the spirit of his sentiments and the handle with all due solemnity of vigour of his genius evaporate by the thought and language, and these process; for though his first view of

were to ine some of the most pleasihe question would be a wide one ing hours I have passed with him, and clear withal, when he came to for he could keep close to his point, exercise the subtlety of his disqui- if he would, and could be not less sitorial powers upon it, he would so argumentative than he was eloquent, ingeniously dissect and break it when the question was of magnitude fractions, that, as an object when enough to interest him. It is with looked upon too intently for a length singular satisfaction I can truly say of time grows misty and confused, tbat I never knew him flippant upon so would the question under his dis- sacred subjects. He was, however, cussion, when the humour took him generally courted and admired as a to be hyper-critical. Hence it was gay companion rather than as a grave that his impromtu's in parliament were generally more admired than his stu. I have said that the dowager Ladied speeches, and his first suggestions dies Stafford and Hervey made part in the councils of his party better of our domestic society, and as the attended to than his prepared opi. trivial amusement of cards was never nions.

resorted to in Mr Dodington's house, Being a man of humble birth, he it was bis custom in the evenings to seemed to have an innate respect for entertain his company with reading; titles, and none bowed with more de- and in this art he excelled ; his sevotion to the robes and fasces of high lections bowever were curious, for he frank and office. He was decidedly treated these ladies with the whole aristocratic : he paid his court to of Fielding's Jonathan Wild, in which Walpole in panegyric poems, apologi- lie certainly consulted his own turn zing for his presumption by remind- for irony rather than their's for eleing him, that it was better to be pel- gance, but he set it off with much ted with

than with rotten humour after his manner, and they eggs: to Chesterfield, to Winnington, were polite enough to be pleased, or Pulteney, Fox, and the luminaries of at least to appear as if they were. his early time, he offered up the obla- Dodington had a lyre, but he had tions of his genius and incensed them hung it up, and it was never very with all the odours of his wit; in his high-sounding ; yet he was latter days, and within the period of thing more than a mere admirer of my acquaintance with him, the Earl of the Muse. He wrote small poemş of Bute, in the plenitude of his pow. with great pains, and elaborate let'er, was the god of his idolatry. That ters with much terseness of style, poble Lord was himself too much a and some quaintness of expression :

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I have seen him refer to a volume of 3. Examination of ditto. his own verses in manuscript, but he 4. Report of Proceedings in the Ge. was very shy, and I never had the

neral Assembly, perusal of it. I was rather better

5. Observations on the Nature and acquainted with his diary, which

Tendency of the Doctrine of Mr since his death has been published,

Hume concerning the relation of and I well remember the temporary Cause and Effect, 2d edition, 8vo. diegust he seemed to take, when up

53. on bis asking what I would do with

6. Short Criticism on the Terms of it, should he bequeath it to my dis. cretion, I instantly replied, that I

the Charge against Mr Leslie, would destroy it.

There was a third, which I more coveted a sight 7. A Letter to the Author of the

Examination of Mr Stewart's of than of either of the above, as it contained a miscellaneous collection

Statement of Facts. By Profesof anecdotes, repartees, good sayings,

sor Playfair, &vo. 2s. and humorous incidents, of which he Having, in'our last, given an hiswas part author and part compiler, torical view of the leading facts conand out of which he was in the habit nected with the affair of Mr Leslie, of refreshing his memory, when he we shall now, according to promise, prepared himself to expect certain endeavour to give an impartial statemen of wit and pleasantry either at ment of the arguments employed on his own house or elsewhere. Upon both sides. Here it might seem the this practice, which he did not affect most natural order, to begin with the to conceal, he observed to me one party which made the reference. day, that it was a compliment he But, as in consequence of the severe paid to society, when he submitted animadversions of their opponents, to steal weapons out of his own ar-, this party was constrained to assume moury for their entertainment, and rather a defensive attitude, and to ingenuously added, that although his employ themselves chiefly in repel. memory was not in general so cor- ling the charges advanced against rect as it had been, yet he trusted it them, it will be found much more would save him from the disgrace convenient to begin with the stateof repeating the same story to the ment of the complainers; and it same hearers, or foisting it into con- shall be our object to compress our versation' in the wrong place or out voluminous materials into as moder. of time. No man had fewer over- ate a compass as possible. With the sights of that sort to answer for, and arguments, we shall endeavour to fewer still were the men, whose socio preserve the spirit in which they al talents could be compared with have been urged, but beg it to be those of Mr Dodington.

understood, that we do not consider ourselves responsible for, or as in any

degree giving our assent to, the lanSCOTTISH REVIEW. guage which may be put into the

mouth of either party.Controversy concerning the Election of a It is now some years since'a gene. MATHEMATICAL PROFESSOR. ral combination was formed among

a party of the Edinburgh clergy, for 1. PROFESSOR Stewart's State the purpose of annexing to their

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present livings all professorships 2. Postscript to ditto.

which should fall vacant beyond the

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