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LITTELL’S LIVING AGE.— No. 470.-21 MAY, 1853.
CONTENTS. 1. Search for Sir John Franklin,
Quarterly Review, 451 2. The Bonaparte Family at Florence,
Bentley's Miscellany, 469 3. A Story of Two Lives,
Chambers' Repository, 473 4. Things Talked of in London, .
Chambers' Journal, 482 5. Kennedy's Second Voyage of the Prince Albert,
485 6. Self-Crimination,
486 7. A Few Statistics of American Slavery,
Chambers' Journal, 489 8. How a Fortune was Made,
493 9. Miss M'Intosh's Letter,.
N. Y. Observer,
502 10. Lord John Russell's Memoirs of Thomas Moore,
507 11. Posthumous Supremacy of Rome,
508 POETRY: Love, 449 ; How to Write a Sweet Poem, 501; Jane Markland, a Tale, 509 ;
I Wait for Thee, 512. Short ARTICLES : James Thomson, 449; Sir Robert Peel's Speeches, 481 ; German Com
- Principles and Effects not Patentable, 484 ; M. De Buch, 488 ; A Second Solomou - Spring is Coming, 492. New Books: 488.
Her who hath with thee watched hope's brilliant
bow, Fond mother, who dost gaze with joy upon And made affliction's cup less full of woe ; That darling little baby, all thine own ; Oh ! may the preparations for thy life above Thinking how much of loveliness and grace Consist in that devoted, earnest love Are centred in its little form and face ;
To thy Redeemer, which will also best Loving, with all thy heart and soul and mind,
Prepare for life, and make that life most blest.
Than any being of mere mortal birth,
From the Gentleman's Magazine.
JAMES THOMSON. However sweet or lovely, can inspire.
The poetry of the early volumes of the Young maiden, hearing first those mystic words, Gentleman's Magazine deserves more attenWhich thrill thy heart to its most secret chords, tion than it has yet received, containing, as it And bind thy soul, by the sweet chain of love, does, some of the earliest verse of Johnson, To one whose truth thy future life must prove; Akenside, and Collins, and some pieces of Thou thinkest that he, 'mid all of mortal race, great merit and curiosity not to be found elseHas the most noble heart, the most of manly where. In proof of this I would call atten
grace ; And thou may’st trust him, for he loves thee well, the Gentleman's Magazine for May, 1740 :
tion to the following poem, printed p. 256 of. With a deep devotion words would fail to tell ; Yet first, would'st thou be blest, love Him above,
A WINTER'S DAY.
WRITTEN BY A SCOTCH CLERGYMAN.
Corrected by an Eminent Hand.
Now, gloomy soul ! look out - – now comes thy
turn; Thou aged traveller, who art passing now With thee, behold all ravaged nature mourn : Through the late evening of thy life on earth ; Hail the dim empire of thy darling night, I see thee turn with calm and loving brow, That spreads, slow-shadowing o'er the vanquished To the dear partner of thy home and hearth;
light. CCCCLXX. LIVING AGE. VOL, I. 29
Look out, with joy ; the ruler of the day, clergyman was the Rev. Robert Riccaltoun, Faint, as thy hopes, emits a glimm’ring ray: assistant to the minister of Bowden, near MelAlready exiled to the utmost sky,
rose, and afterwards (1728) minister of HobHither, oblique, he turns his clouded eye.
kirk, near Edman, where the author of " The Lo! from the limits of the wintry pole, Mountainous clouds in rude confusion roll;
Seasons” was born, and the Eminent Hand In dismal pomp, now hov'ring on their way,
was, as I suspect, not Mallet, but no less a To a sick twilight they reduce the day.
person than Thomson himself.
In a letter from Thomson, written from
ing passage : Nature delights me in every While the driv’n clouds, o'ercharged with floods form ; I am just now painting her in her of rain,
most lugubrious dress for my own amusement,
Thomson was a friend of Cave's, and
likely received this poem. I place little reliThese scenes of bliss, no more upbraid my fate,
ance on the testimony of Savage's Miscellany Torture my pining thought and rouse my hate.
when it appears against the evidence of the The leaf-clad forest, and the tufted grove,
Gentleman's Magazine, which, in 1740, might
Thomson, too little is known. " The Rev. Mr.
common penetration and good taste, had very
early discovered through the rudeness of Disturb no pleasure disconcert my woes. In this moss-covered cavern, hopeless laid,
young Thomson's puerile essays a fund of On the cold cliff I 'll lean my aching head,
genius well deserving culture and encourageAnd, pleased with winter's waste, unpitying, see father's approbation, the chief direction of his
ment. He undertook therefore, with the All nature in an agony with me ! Rough rugged rocks, wet marshes, ruined towers, studies, furnished him with the proper books, Bare trees, brown brakes, bleak heaths, and corrected his performances, and was daily rushy moors,
rewarded with the pleasure of seeing his Dread floods, huge cataracts, to my pleased eyes labor so happily employed.” Nor was 'Thom(Now, I can smile !) in wild disorder rise. son unmindful of his kindness. " It will be a And now, the various dreadfulness combined, great pleasure to me,” he writes from LonBlack melancholy comes to doze my mind. don, " to hear of Mr. Riccalton's welfare, who See ! night's wished shades, spreading through deserves encouragement as much as any the air,
preacher in Scotland.”
menced iny collections for a life of Thomson Let thy dumb silence midnight all the ground, minister of Southdean (the manse of the poet's
- I wrote to the Rev. John Richmond, the And spread a welcome horror all around. But hark !- a sudden howl invades my ear !
father), for some particulars about RiccalThe phantoms of the dreadful hour are near.
toun. All I could learn from him in reply Shadows, from each dark cavern, now combine was this — that he was " said to have coinAnd stalk around, and mix their yells with mine. posed" a poem on Ruberslaw," a high hill Stop, flying Time! repose thy restless wing ; near Southdean: that it was descriptive of a fix here — nor hasten to restore the Spring. storm gathering round the hill, and that he Fixed my ill fate, so fixed let Winter be, had heard of fifty copies" being printed off, Let never wanton season laugh at me!
none of which are now to be found." By
another memorandum I find that Riccaltoun Now, beyond its undoubted merit and its was buried in Rule church-yard ; his works many fine strokes of careful observation, this (his poetry excepted) were edited by the Rev. Winter's Day possesses an interest of an un- Robert Walker, in 3 vols. 8vo. 1771. “Ruusual kind. It was the original, I conceive, of berslaw," I may add, is commemorated in Thomson's" Winter ;' though actually printed “ The Lay of the Last Minstrel". in Savage's Miscellany, 1726, as the production of the author of " William and Mar- Already on dark Ruberslaw, garet,” meaning David Mallet. The Scotch The Douglas holds his weapou-schaw.
From the Quarterly Review. who have explored the North American coast, 1. Narrative of an Expedition to the Shores all that we yet know of him is, that he passed
of the Arctic Sea, in 1846 and 1847. By his first winter in a secure harbor at the JOHN RAE. 1850.
entrance of Wellington Channel. Whether, 2. Arctic Searching Expedition : Journal of a when released from the ice in 1846, he ad
Boat Voyage. By Sir John RICHARDSON. 2 vols. 1851.
vanced or receded, is not certainly known. 3. Stray Leaves from an Arctic Journal. In the absence of decisive evidence, the best Lieut. S. OSBORN. 1852.
authorities are at fault. One witness stated 4. Journal of a Voyage in 1850–1, performed before the last Arctic committee, it was “all
by the Lady Franklin and Sophia, under guess-work.” The travelling parties, who the command of Mr. Wm. Penny, By P. from Beechey Island surveyed every coast for C. SUTHERLAND, M. D. 2 vols. 1852.
hundreds of miles, found not a cairn or post 5. Papers and Despatches relating to the Arc
Since tic Searching Expeditions of 1850-1-2. erected by the missing expedition.
Collected by JAMES MANGLES, R. N. 1852. Franklin entered Lancaster Sound, not one of 6. Second Voyage of the Prince Albert, in the cylinders which he was directed to throw
Search of Sir John Franklin. By Wu. overboard has been recovered, nor has a fragKENNEDY. 1853.
ment of his equipment been found on any 7. Parliamentary Papers. 1848–53.
shore. It has hence been inferred that he 8. Chart of Discoveries in the Arctic Sea. must have left the harbor with the full intenBy Joun ARROWSMITH.
tion of proceeding homewards. Captain These books and papers comprise most of Austin believes that the ships did not go bethe discoveries made in Arctic regions since yond Beechey Island, but were lost in the we noticed Sir John Barrow's volume of Voy- ice, either by being beset when leaving winages in 1846. -Franklin had sailed in the ter quarters, or when attempting their return previous year, and in saying that we should to England. Commander Phillips is of the wait his reäppearance with the anxiety of same opinion. the princess for the diver, we much rather But if Franklin did resolve to return thus anticipated that we should soon have to wel- early, what could have become of the ships come him with the goblet of gold, than that and men ? That both vessels should be a seventh year should find us deploring his totally lost is contrary to all experience and continued absence, with no better clue to his probability, and that not a man should arrive fate than dismal conjecture could supply. is more unlikely still. One of the most expeThere was nothing in the nature of his enter-rienced Arctic seamen living, who went six prise to excite much fear for its results. The voyages in whalers before he sailed with Parseveral Arctic expeditions sent out since 1818 ry, and has since been in the expeditions of had returned in safety. Their records are the two Rosses, states that though it is posfull of peril, but full also of the resources of sible - and he admits the supposition as but skill and courage by which peril may be over- a possibility — the ships may have been
When this voyage was proposed by " walked over by the ice in Baffin's Bay,” Barrow to the Royal Society, he urged that yet that “the men on such occasions are " there could be no objection with regard to always saved,” by jumping on the ice and any apprehension of the loss of ships or making their way to the land or to the next jnen," as it was "remarkable that neither ship.* The harborage chosen for the ships sickness nor death had occurred in most of the was so secure, that it is unlikely they could voyages made into the Arctic regions, north have been carried out from the Straits at the or south." Franklin was well experienced mercy of the ice, as were the ships of Sir in the navigation of frozen seas ; his officers James Ross in 1849, and of the American and crews were picked men ; and the strength expedition in 1850. Franklin did not take of his ships — the Erebus and Terror - had up his winter quarters in haste, or from nebeen thoroughly tested the first in the Ex- cessity. He must have dropped anchor while pedition of Sir James Ross to the South Pole the sea was comparatively open, and why - the second in the voyage of Back to Repulse
* In a recent Dundee newspaper we observe an Bay. He sailed, full of confidence in the success account of a whale-ship, employed in the Green
She was of his mission, on the 19th of May, 1845, and land fishery for the last sixty-nine years. though nearly thirty vessels have since been lost at last, not by the ice of the northern seas,
but by being stranded on a reef near her porto, despatched in search of him, besides parties when returning with a full cargo.
winter there at all if he meant to return as any person to dishearten you on the length of soon as the open season again came round? our absence, but look forward with hope, that We know that he contemplated the proba- safely to you.
Providence will at length of time restore us bility of an absence prolonged even beyond two winters. His last letter to Sabine from An anecdoto is related of Franklin in BarWhale Fish Islands entreats him to relieve row's volume, which shows how superior he the anxiety of Lady Franklin and his daugh- held the claims of duty to those of personal ter, should he not return at the time they feeling or convenience. When about to leave expected, as
England, in 1825, on his second expedition to You know well that, even after the second explore the North American coast, his first winter without success in our object, we should wife was sinking under a fatal malady. She wish to try some other channel, if the state of urged his departure on the day appointed, our provisions and the health of the crews jus- and he denied himself the sad satisfaction of tify it.
waiting to close her eyes. She had employed Is it likely that the man who wrote thus some of the tedious hours of sickness in makto his nearest friend, would have returned ing for him a union flag, only to be unfurled after one winter, without effecting or at- when he reached the Polar Sea. This flag tempting more than a passage to Barrow's was hoisted when from the summit of Garry Strait?
Island the sea, stretching free and unincumLieutenant Griffith, announcing his depart- bered to the north, appeared in all its majure from the ships with his transport, July, esty. His companions hailed the outspread 1845, wrote
banner with joyful excitement, and Franklin, All are in the highest possible spirits, and who had learned that his wife died the day determined to succeed, if success be possible. A after his departure, repressed all sign of painset of more undaunted fellows never were got ful emotion that he might not cloud their together, or officers better selected. I am indeed triumph at having planted the British colors certain that, if the icy barriers will be sufficiently on this island of the Polar Sea. Was this penetrable to give them but half the length of their ships to force themselves through, they the man to turn back after one winter spent will do so at all risks and hazards.
at the entrance of the strait where his enterCommander Fitzjames, who sailed in the prise did but commenco ? Erebus with Franklin, speaks repeatedly, in
It has indeed been much the fashion of late the lively letters and journal he forwarded
to complain of the employment of naval to his friends at home, of the determination commanders in a too advanced stage of life, which prevailed in both ships“ to go a-head,” and remarks of this nature have been made and jestingly begs that, if nothing is heard on the ultimate commission of Franklin. We of him by next June, letters may be forward- saw him often, however, on the eve of his ed to him viú Kamtschatka.
start, and assuredly, though well up in years, much sail and do,” he notes in his journal. either in muscular fibre or animal spirits. We
“We can carry there was no sign whatever of any falling off “I can scarcely manage to get Sir John to shorten sail at all.” So well was it understood may add that his government at Van Diethat the ships would push forward through Aattering circumstances, and, according to
men's Land had not ended under altogether any open channel which might present itself, that the ice-master of the Terror, writing to our information, few of his friends doubted his wife from Disco Island, July 12, 1845, uninfluenced by a yearning to recover what
that in embracing this new task he was not warned her of the probability that they might be out much longer than was antic
ever of prestige he might have supposed him
self to have lost as a civil administrator, by ipated :
another and a crowning display of tact and We are all in good health and spirits, one energy in the department of his original and all appearing to be of the same determina
distinction. tion, that is, to persevere in making a passage to the north-west. Should we not be at home in the
It is by no means certain that because no fall of 1848, or early in the spring of 1849 [this record of him has been discovered beyond allowed for a four years' absence), you may antic- Beechey Island, none was left. Mr. Kenipate that we have made the passage, or are likely to do so ; and if so, it may be from five nedy, when he explored Cape Walker last to six years — it might be into the seventh — ere spring - ignorant that he had been preceded we return ; and should it be so, do not allow | by Captain Austin's parties — mistook the large cairn they had erected for a part of the listhmus, joined the party he had left at Recliff, and actually walked over a smaller one pulse Bay, and determined to leave any deeply covered with snow, without for a mo- further survey until the spring, employing the ment suspecting that the spot had been pre- remainder of the open season in making the viously visited. This fact has come out on best provision he could for the winter. Capt. Ommaney and Mr. Kennedy's com- His stores had been calculated for four paring notes of their respective journeys. months' consumption only; he was entirely Sir Edward Belcher, in his recent despatches, destitute of fuel ; he could obtain no promise states that the cairns erected by the well-or- of supplies of any kind from the natives; the ganized expedition of his predecessors have in resources of the country were unknown to some cases been destroyed, and in others can him; and the head of the bay had the charwith difficulty be recognized. For example, acter of being one of the most dreary and inhe says on August 14:
hospitable of polar coasts. But Rae was We have not been able, even with this very
inured to hardships, and, a first-rate sportsopen season, to trace the large supplies left at man, he had confidence in his own exertions. Navy Board Inlet by the North Star, and no
He selected a sheltered site for his winter beucon marks their whereabout.
dwelling, near the river, on the northern shore At Cape Warrender he found the cairn and leading to the lakes, and here established his post erected by Captain Austin's expedition, fishing-stations. Collecting his men, some but no document :
were sent out to bring in stones for building a
house, others to set nets, to hunt deer, and to The tally having written on it Pull out Rec- gather fuel. The walls were built two feet ord was found beside the cairn, deeply impressed thick, the stones being cemented with mud with the teeth of some small animal.
and clay. Squares of glass were fixed in three In the opinion of this experienced officer, small apertures. As timber was unknown in there could have been no hurry in removing this bleak region, he used the cars and masts from Beechey Island, as everything bore the of his boats for rafters, stretching over them stamp of order and regularity. This is ut- oilcloth and skins for roofing. "Deer-skins, terly opposed to the notion that Franklin had nailed over a framework of wood, made been forced away by the ice.
a weather-tight door. The interior of this In the distressful uncertainty which clouds house, to serve for twelve persons through his fate it is our only consolation to reflect eight winter months, was twenty feet long by that government has shown all along the fourteen wide; seven and a half feet high in heartiest concern for its gallant servants. front, sloping down to five and a half feet With other dispositions, indeed, better results behind. Yet in these narrow dimensions Rae might have been looked for. It is the mis- found room for a great part of his stores, and, fortune of the Admiralty Instructions, we by a partition of oilcloth, secured separate think, that they have said too much to leave quarters for himself, where he worked his the commanders of the expeditions entirely observations and kept his journal. to their own discretion, and not enough to His fishing and hunting proved successful. ensure a regular and systematic series of oper- His sporting-book for September showed a ations. Discovery, however, has not lan- total of 63 deer, 5 bares, 172 partridges, and guished since Franklin's departure, and a 116 salmon and trout.
In the following sketch of what has been effected within the month 69 deer were shot, but the nets propolar circle for the last six years will conven- duced only 22 fish. He was most at a loss iently exhibit the efforts måde for his relief, for fuel. His men brought in a scanty supply and show the lines of coast which have of withered moss, heather, and the like, and already been fruitlessly searched.
this, being dried in the house, was piled into When he sailed it was a disputed question stacks. As the season advanced he built two whether an opening into that sea which observatories of snow, one for a dip circle, the washes the shores of North America might other for an horizontally suspended needle, to not exist in some part of Boothia Gulf. Mr. test the action of the aurora. Snow-houses Rae has set that question at rest.
were also built for the dogs, for stores, &c. ; dition is a fine example of how much may be and all were connected together by passages accomplished with very limited means.
He cut under the frozen snow. started from Fort Churchill, on the west side
Early in January the thermometer sank 79° of Hudson's Bay, with twelve men and two below the freezing point ;' and even indoors it boats, on the 5th of July, 1846. On arriving was commonly below zero. at the head of Repulse Bay he crossed the isthmus which separated him from Boothia pleasant where there was a fire to warm the
This, says Rae, “would not have been unGulf, a distance of 40 miles, and in six days hands and feet, or even room to move about ; reached the sea. But it was now the first but where there was neither the one nor the week in August, heavy rains set in, and, find other, some few degrees more heat would have ing progress impossible, he recrossed the been preferable.”