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missed from the Royal Infirmary will obstacles may not be overcome by zeal, obtain relief, as has been already and diligence, and perseverance, de. noticed. But there is no provision pending on Him who" preserveth the for a numerous class of the same de. strangers, and who relieveth the father. scription, whom disease or old age has less and the widow,” while the hearts disabled from working, and who have of all are in his hand? There will never sought admission into the Royal be no want of funds for carrying into Infirmary.
effect a plan so extensively useful Besides these, there are multitudes and beneficent. And if it should of widows, and fatherless children, and require an hundred persons to visit so friendless strangers, who, though not great a number of families, and to diseased, are in circumstances which manage the business with every de. irresistibly solicit the aid of the be. gree of care and attention that is nevolent. And, in times of scarcity, necessary for the comfort of the Poor, or when constant employment cannot and for the satisfaction of the Conbe obtained by the labouring poor, tributors, it will be no difficult matter are there not many thousands who, to obtain them, without such aid, must be in want of The following are some of the prodaily food ? Nay, is it not a fact, posed regulations. that, at all times, a considerable num- Quarterly and Annual Contribu. ber of our fellow-creatures suffer the ters to any amount, and those who miseries of pinching poverty from give at once a donation of Five want of employment, merely because Guineas, shall be accounted Members they know not what to do? They of the Society. have no friend to point out to them The business of the Society shall a method of subsistence, or to aid be conducted by twelve Directors, of them in procuring it.
whom five shall be a quorum.
The Many advantages would accompa- same number shall retire annually, ny the operations of a Society who and be replaced by five members of should have it as their object, not the Society, to be nominated by the merely to give money to the poor, Directors to the General Meeting for but to take what may be called a their approbation or refusal. fatherly charge of them; who should The Directors are empowered to aid them with their counsel, furnish appoint a Treasurer and Clerk, and them with clothes and other neces- as many assistant visitors, being memsaries, when totally destitute, and be bers of the Society, as they shall careful that all their exertiona tend to find necessary, two for each small encourage industry, when the objects district, both of whom shall in geneof their bounty are able, in any de- ral visit the poor under their charge. gree, to earn their own bread. But they may, on some occasions,
In forming a new Society, the plan visit separately for their mutual acoriginally proposed was merely to commodation. provide for those who labour under The Treasurer and Clerk shall have chronical diseases, or are otherwise a voice in the meetings of the Direcincapacitated for labour. But upon tors, and shall not be changed; but mature deliberation, it has been shall continue in office as long as they thought more advisable, as it cer. find it convenient, and give satisfactainly will be more extensively useful, tion to the Directors, and to the So. to establish a Society for the relief ciety at large. of all who cannot in any other lawful The Directors, Treasurer, and way obtain necessary subsistence. Clerk, in common with the other The attempt is arduous. But what Visitors, shall take charge of small Districts, to be visited weekly. They the capital of Ultima Thule ; and so! shall likewise meet regularly once a withstanding its northen latitude, werk, at such time and place as may and variable climate, I could have be found most couveniunt ; when they wished that my stay had been proshall examine the lists given in by all tracted somewhat longer. The winth- Visitors, so as to enable them in ter is the season of mirth and festivi. a judicious and discerning manner to ty in, that country, and business is give a due proportion of the funds to altogether laid aside unul the white each Dis' rict, and general instructions and downy mantle of nature is withwith regard to the distribution of it. drawn), and returning spring permits Birthe Visitors shall have a discre- a communication with others. tionary power to deal out the sums Although my stay was but short, allotted to them, in the manner which yet from the frequent and easy nathey think best adapted to the neces- ture of my intercourse with many of sities of all the Applicants.
them, I had an opportunity of seeThe operations of the Society are ing a good deal of the character and confined to the City and Suburbs disposition of the Lerwegians. I within the Toll bars, and places at think they are naturally kind and equal d stances. A district of a con. hospitable; for they seem to feel a venient size, not very extensive, is to pleasure in shewing civility to stranbe allotted to every two of the Visi- gers even where no interested motive tors, and to be so exactly defined as can be supposed to influence them ; to prevent any darger of mistaking and when a person has been formally its limirs. Those Visitors shall either introduced io their acquaintance, if reside in their own Districts, or so he be a man of character and agreenear them as to prevent their duty able manners, he can literally make from being burdensome ; and they their houses his own. Yet several shall take charge of all the persons of them confessed to me, that, on the who are objects of the Society's boun. score of hospitality, Lerwick was ty within their own bounds, but have much inferior to what it had been no immediate concern with any other; some years ago, when few worthies and their weekly visitations are indis. Aourised among them, who, like ihe pensable.
patriarchs of antiquity, sat before Persons who stand in need of the their doors for the express purpose Society's bounty, and those who of inviting under their wof the strapwish to recommend them, whether ger as he sojourned on his way, and Members or not, are invited to apply, whose chief delight consisted in difat any time, to the Assistant Visitors fusing happiness around them. of the bonods where the poor people The inhabitants of Lerwick are live ; and, if they know not where to extremely loyal, and feel a lively in
; find them, any of the Directors or terest in the glory and independence other Visitors will give their names of the British nation.
I never heard and places of residence. A state of Lord Nelson's name mentioned but facts, written in any form, will in with rapturous enthusiasm, and I general be necessary, but not in every have repeatedly seen
tears trickle case indispensable.
down the cheeks of the fair, at the
recital of any new instance of his Description of LERWICK.
bravery os patriotism.
The gentlemen are intelligent, and DEAR MN,
fond of disputation, particularly on IŞ
SPENT a week in the month of political subjects, which seem to enDecember last year at Lerwick, gross the whole of their attention.
The ladies are modest and sensible, beach, defended by a kind of buiand those of the first class have their wark or wharf projecting into the minds polished by education. Indeed sea, and forming in these places a it did not appear to me that they kind of double street. But as uni. suffered in the least, by a comparison formity is never studied in the conwith the Belles of this metropolis, struction of these editices; when viewwhose opportunities of improvemented from the bay, they give the whole are so greatly superior.
a whimsical and grotesque appear. Although they live in apparent ance. good fellowship with each other, yet The country in the neighbourhood I think I could discover among the of Lerwick, is extremely bleak and people of Lerwick a disposition to ill cultivated ; but I should recollect, censure the conduct, and envy the that winter is the season of general success of their neighbours. This is sterility, although indeed it is said, one of the constant attendants on all that ,at any season of the year, the small communities, and it is more environs of the capital are but ill callikely to be carried too far, in situa- culated to impress the traveller with tions where there exists a similarity a favourable idea of the agricultural of object and pursuit, without a uni- advancement of these islands ; yet if on of interests among the individuals. deficient in the more pleasing accesThis propensity, if it does exist, sories of recluse retirement, they seems to arise more out of the neces- abound in the grand scenes of gloosity of the case than from any natu- my solitude. A tempestuous and ever ral turn to be censorious; and under varying sky, high and rugged rocks,
: opposite circumstances, I have sel. and the useless roar of the sea are dom met with men of more enlarged objects of peculiar delight to soine and liberal sentiments.
minds, and in the winter months Brassy Sound, the harbour where may be enjoyed in Shetland in the we lay, is large, safe, and commodi. utmost perfection. ous. It is formed by the receding
Yours, &c. shores of the island of Brassy, and
Z. the opposite main. The South en- Edinburgh, 1st January 1806. try by which we went and returned can be safely approached at any time, but the northern passage appears to MANNERS of the NEAPOLITAN be narrow and intricate, and, as I
NOBLES. was informed, ouglit never to be at. tempted, but with a leading wind, From Kotzebue's Travels in Italy.. and under the guidance of an experienced .
F I were to say of a people, withThe
them, that they long, terminated at one end by Fort lazy, dirty, sensual, superstitious, vioCharlotte, where there is a garrison, lently fond of gaming, perfectly inand at the other by a small, but ra- different to the sciences, attached ther abrupt hill. It is very irregu. alone to ragged shew, strangers to
. larly built, although containing seve. honesty and fidelity, would it not be
, ral very good houses. There is one thought that I was speaking of Hot. main street, or rather row, of very tentots and Iroquois ? Right : the unequal dimensions, extending from higher classes in Naples are indeed one end of it to the other, on the the savages of Europe. They eat, side towards the sea. In some pla- drink, sleep, and game. They nei.
, ces there are houses built on the very ther have nor want any other occu
pation than this last. The states of fingers; or with their green out. Europe are overthrown: they game stretched eyes fixed on the roue et not the less. Pompeii comes forth nejr table, lamenting the capriciousfrom its grave : they game still. The ness of fortune. Even handsome earth shakes; Vesuvius vomits faith young women here degrade the dig. taines : : yet the gaining table is not iity of their sex, setting beauty and left. The splendid ruis of Patum, the Graces at defiance. The princess a few miles distant, shining as it N., for example, is a professed game. were before every eye, must be dis. Many others come to make covered by strangers ; for the Nea- new conquests, or to secure their old politans are gaming.- The greaiest ones; in both which businesses they dukes and princes are keepers of lay no restraint on themselves. A gambling tables. A Prince Rufan- stranger is at the first look apprised do, one of the most considerable no. of each lady’s favourite ; the hus. blemen of the country, keeps the bands are either absent, or concern first gaining house in Naples; and themselves not the least about the besides his there are twenty others women ; for of the execrated Italian of the same description. Thither all jealousy here is not a single vestige. the great world are driving at the ap. Even divines and children game; for proach of evening. Strangers must example, the daughter of the mar. be presented by some acquaintance; quis Berio, who is not more than yet 'this is only for form.
The eight years old The marquis is one stranger makes a slight inclination to of the most enlightened noblemen. the host, and the latter as slightly Some maintain that this degrading returns it; but it is a rule that not a conduct brings the prince Rufando word is uttered. In other respects yearly five thousand ducats. Others it is like being at a coffee-house : or say that he receives no more than worse than a coffee house, for there twelve ducats a day for converting one can have what one will for mo. his palace into a gaming-house. He ney ; but here are no refreshments, hiinself does not hold the bank ; but except perhaps a glass of water after perhaps he has a share in it, and so having ordered it ten times of the both accounts may be true. The servant.
holder of the bank is in his way eA large but ill-furnished drawing- steemed an honest man. This, at room is the rendezvous of rouge et noir least, is certain ; that he plays with. and faro. A pile of chairs heaped out suspicion; and sometimes, by up in a corner of the room, proves express desire, tells out the sum that a numerous company is expected. gained twice, as an attentive by.stan. Scarcely have the gaudy throng rush. der assured me he had seen. Ano: ed in, when they seat themselves, ther, no less to be depended on, inwith greedy eyes tixed on the heaps formed me that the winner must in of gold which glitter on the table. general be very quick in taking up These meetings are called converza- the money gained; for if he does but tiones, but no one Here must begin to turn round, some neighbour will eas
We hardly dare whisper him of the trouble. Perhaps this was single words : if any thing more is only done through inadvertence, but attempted, an universal hiss com. done it is. mands deep silence and attention to Whoever has been once introduced the mysteries of the game. Old wo- to these parties, may go daily in and men, particularly, sit either gather- out as he would to a tavern ; and can ing up money with their long bony in his turn present other strangers,
whose names are no longer remembered than his own is, unless he plays Estimated Amount of British Manuvery often and very-high, for that is
factures. the only possible way of attracting the attention of the polite circles in From Reinhard's British Commerce, Naples. Thus, till two o'clock in the more IE
T is acknowledged that many of ping they play away their time, mo- these estimates must be essentially ney, health, and property.
They defective, from the want of public then drive home, and sleep till noon; documents respecting important branat which time they take a ride in ches of trade. However, they serve the Vrila Reale, where it is now the to shew, in a general view, the refashion to catch at the fresh air. lative extent of our principal manuThe young gentlemen drive thither factures, as in the following sumin a curricle, in order to shew their mary.
Annual Value. employed. horses. Two, or at latest three, is the hour of dinner ; after this fol Woollen, L.15,500,000 425,042
Leather, lows a walk, either in the Santa Lu.
Cotton, cia, or upon the Magdelene bridge,
Silk or wherever the sun shines in the
2,700,000 60,000 Linen and Flax, 2,000,000
60,oco winter. They would, in reality, even care very little in their minds about
Paper, the sun ; except for the sake of dis
Glass, playing their charms, their dress, or
Potteries their carriages, which last are of
Iron, Tin, and great importance to the Neapolitans.
Lead, It is not absolutely necessary thai
60 000 these should be either costly or ele. Copper& Brass 3,509,000 gant; if they only appear tolerable, Steel, plating &c.4,000,000
70,000 with a pair of horses to them, it is enough; for nothing is dreaded more
63,600,000 1,585,000 here than the terrible evil of going on foot. Thus they say of any one Some Account of the British Trade in who has ruined himself by gaming,
GERMANY “ Poor man! he is starving ;" not but, “ Poor man! he goes on foot."
From the same. The Neapolitan horses have survived their fame: since the French, who By
the way of Tonningen, Gerhave a laudable passion for every
, thing they can steal, have carried off middle Europe, receive large quantheir finest stallions. After this they tities of British woollens, cottons, repair to the theatre, to chatter ; or hardwares, pottery, malt liquors, home, to kill the time in solitude till sugar, rum, coffee &c. The late the wished for hour again approaches. and present war have occasioned, on This is the daily round of a fashionable most parts of the continent, a proNeapolitan. Some among them digious demand for the woollens, cot(prince Angro, for example) who tons, and hardware of Great Britain. possesses eight or ten villas, yet never The produce and manufactures of stir out of Naples.
Great Britain exported to Germany, with the exception of consignments to particular mercantile houses, are