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voice, “ The humble petition of- with 'her good ferse and coinpia-
Of wearing orange on your
The whiteness of the rebel rose!
The sentiment was too beautiful to (Transmitted by our Correspondent L.]
escape the admiration of a polite af
fembly, or the peculiar notice of the OF DR. WATTS.
earl; who, during the remainder of THE doctor being one day in a Mr. St. Leger's life, esteemed him coffee-house, observed two gentle- as a genius and a friend. men looking stedfastly at him; at length he heard one of thein fay,
III. pointing to him, " That is Dr.
STRIKING INSTANCE Watts !” The other, after some pause,
OF GENEROSITY. replied—“Then he is a very little fellow !” On which the doctor im ON general Lee's return from mediately turned round, and deli- Russia, he lived fome months at vered the following answer
lodgings in London; and going “ Were I so tall to reach the sky,
home one day, he observed the utOr grasp the ocean with a span,
most confusion in every part of the I would be measur'd by my soul; house. Upon enquiring into the The mind's the standard of the man.” cause, he was told, that an execu
tion had taken place against Mr. II.
his landlord. It exhibited
a melancholy scene; the distracted WHEN the late earl of Chel- wife was sobbing violently; and terfield was viceroy of Ireland, Wit her innocent little ones encircled was the ruling genius of the court, her, to learn the cause of her grief; and a gentleman of the name and while the husband in vain endeavours respectable family of St. Leger, hered to tranquillize her mind. Lee, first favourite.-Upon the anniver- who had discovered several good quasary of the accession, it is usual for lities in his host, asked the amount of protestant nobility to attend, the the sum ; when he was informed, ladies ornamented with orange-co- that it was three hundred pounds, lour ribbon cockades ; a cuftom to which was more than the amount which the Roman catholics have of all the property of this afflicted never yet conformed. However, family. “Well, replied he, “ it
upon one of those days, a widow is 'lucky I have the money; but it | lady of that persuasion, of exquisite might bave happened otherwise ;"
beauty, and of principles too liberal and, after going to his room, preto be restrained by partial rules, ho- sented the bailiff with notes to the noured the circle with her presence, amount of the demand : “ If ever and in a dress apposite to the occa- you should be able to pay me, do ; fion. The viceroy, enamoured of if not, I forgive you cheerfully!" her accomplishments, and delighted said he to the affrighted father.
OF MR. ST, LEGER.
CHARACTERISTIC MANNERS AND CUSTOMS.
CURIOUS ACCOUNT OF AN INTER I may fay almost unheard-of, effects
VIEW WITù THE INFANT LAMA of early tuition.
when I entered the gates of the mo[From the Firft Volume of The Asiatic nastery, which was not long since Miscellanies,]
erected for the reception and educaURING my residence in tion of Teelhoo Lama. He refides
Tibet, it was an object I in a palace in the centre of the mohad much at heart, to obtain an in-naftery, which occupies about a mile terview of the infant Teeshoo Lama; of ground in circumference, and the but the emperor of China's general whole is encompassed by a wall. The orders, restricting his guards to keep several buildings serve for the achim in the strictest privacy, and pro- commodation of three hundred Gyhibiting indifcriminately the admif- longs, appointed to perform religious fion of all perfons to his presence, services with Teeshoo Lama, until even his votaries who hhould come he shall be removed to the monastery from a distance, appeared to me and musnud of Teeshoo Lamboo. an obstacle almost insurmountable; On the 4th, in the morning, I yet, however, the rajah, mindful was allowed to visit Teeshoo Lama, of the amity subfisting between the and found him placed in great form governor and him, and unwilling, I upon his musnud. On the left side believe, by any means, to hazard its stood his father and mother; and interruption, at length contrived to on the other, the person particularly get me that indulgence. As the appointed to wait upon his person. meeting was attended with very fin- The musnud is a fabrick of filk gular and striking incidents, I could cushions, piled one upon another, not help noticing them with moft till the feat is elevated to the height particular attention; and though the of four feet above the floor. An representation of such facts, inter- embroidered silk covered the top, woven and blended as they are with and the fides were decorated with superstition, may expose me to the pieces of silk of various colours, imputation of extravagance and ex- fuspended from the upper edge, and aggeration, yet I fhould think my- hanging down. By the particular self reprehensible to suppress them: request of Teefhoo Lama's father, and while I divest myself of all pre- Mr. Saunders and company, wore judice, and assume the part of a the English dress. I advanced, and, faithful narrator, I hope, however as is the custom, presented a white tedious the detail I propose to enter Pelong handkerchief, and delivered into may be found, it will be receive also into the Lama's hands the goed with candour, and merit the at. vernor's present of a string of pearls tention of those for whose perufal and coral, while the other things and information it is intended ;'were were set down before him. Havit only to mark a strong feature in ing performed the ceremony of exthe national character, of implicit change of handkerchiefs with his fahomage to the religious sovereign, ther and mother, we took our seats on and to instance the very uncommon, the right hand of Teelhoo Lama. VOL. II.
A multitude of persons, all those ful news. The
governor wished he ordered to escort me, were admitted might long continue to illumine the to his presence, and allowed to make world with his presence, and was their proftrations. The infant Lama hopeful that the friendship, which turned towards them, and received had formerly subsisted between them, them all with a chearful and signi- would not be diminished, but rather ficant look of complacency. His fa- that it might become still greater ther addressed me in the Tibet lan- than before ; and that, by his conguage, which was explained to me by tinuing to show kindness to my counthe interpreter, that Teeshoo Lama trymen, there might be an extensive had been used to remain at rest till communication between his votaries this time of the day, but he had and the dependents of the British awoke very early this morning, and nation. The little creature turned, could not be prevailed on to remain looking stedfastly at me with the aplonger in bed; for, added he, the pearance of much attention while I English gentlemen were arrived, and spoke, and nodded with repeated he could not fleep. During the time but flow movements of the head, as we were in the room, I observed the though he understood and approved Lama's eyes were scarcely ever turn- every word, but could not utter a ed from us; and when our cups were reply. The parents, who stood by empty of tea, he appeared uneasy, and all the time, eyed their fon with a Mrinking back his head, and contract- look of affection, and a fmile expresing the skin of his brow, he kept mak- five of heart-felt joy at the propriety ing a noise, for he could not speak, of the young Lama’s conduct. His until they were filled again. He whole regard was turned to us : he took out of a golden cup containing was filent and fedate, never once confectionary, some burnt sugar, looking towards his parents, as unand, stretching out his arm, made der their influence at the time; and a motion to his attendants to give with whatever pains his manners them to me. He then sent fome may have been formed so correct, in like manner to Mr. Saunders, yet I must own, his behaviour on who was with me. I found myself, this occasion appeared perfectly nathough visiting an infant, under the tural and spontaneous, and not neceffity of saying fomething; for directed by any action or sign of it was hinted to me, that, notwith- authority. Itanding he is unable to reply, it is The scene I was here brought to not to be inferred that he cannot take a part in, was too new and exunderstand. However, his incapa- traordinary, however trivial, if not city of answering excused ine many absurd, it may appear to some, not words, and I just briefly said, That to claim from me great attention, the governor general, on receiving and consequently minute remark. the news of his decease in China, Teehoo Lama is at this time about was overwhelmed with grief and for- eighteen months of age. He did not row, and continued to lament his speak a word, but made most expresabsence from the world, till that five signs, and conducted himself cloud, which had overcait the hap, with aitonishing dignity and decopiness of this nation, was dispelled rum. His complexion is of that by his appearance, and then, if pos. hue which in England we should fible, a greater degree of joy had term rather brown, but not without taken place than he had experienced colour. His features good, small of grief on receiving the first mourn. black eyes, an animated expression
of countenance; and altogether I votaries of Teeshoo Lama already thought him one of the handsomest began to flock in numbers to pay children I had ever seen. I had their adoration to him. Few are but little conversation with the fa- yet admitted to his presence. Those ther. He told me he had directions who come, efteem it a happiness if to entertain me three days on ac- he is but thewn to them from the count of Teeshoo Lama; and en- window, and they are able to make treated me with fo much earnestness their prostrations before he is reto pass another on his own account, moved. There came to-day a party that I could not resist complying of Kilmacks (Calmuc Tartars), fór with the request. He then invited the purpose of devotion, and to us to come to-morrow to an enter- make their offerings to the Lama. tainment he proposed to make at, a When I returned from visiting him, small distance from the monastery, I saw them landing at the entrance which invitation having accepted, of the square in front of the palace, we took our leave, and returned. each with his cap off, his hands be
In the course of the afternoon I ing placed together, elevated, and was visited by two officers of the La- held even with his face. They rema's household, both of whom are mained upwards of half an hour in immediately attendant on his person. this attitude, their eyes fixed on the They fat and conversed with me apartment of the Lama, and anxiety some time, enquired after Mr. Bo- very visibly depicted in their coungle, whom both of them had seen, tenances. At length I imagine he and then, remarking how extremely appeared to them, for they began fortunate was the young Lama hav- altogether by lifting their hands Itill ing regarded us with particular no- closed above their heads, then bring, tice, observed on the very strong ing them even with their faces, and partiality of the former Teefhoo after lowering them, to assist them Lama for the English, and that the in finking and rising, they dropped present oue often tried to utter the on their knees, and struck their heads name of the English. I encouraged against the ground. This, with the the thought, hopeful that they would fame motions, was repeated nine teach the prejudice to strengthen with times. They afterwards advanced his increasing age; and they assured to deliver their presents, confifting me, that Mould he, when he begins of talents of gold and silver, with to speak, have forgot, they would the produce of their country, to the early teach him to repeat the name proper officers; who having received of Hastings. On the morning of the them, they retired apparently with 6th I again waited on Teelhoo La: much satisfaction. Upon enquiry. I ma, to present fome curiosities I learnt, that offerings made in this had brought from Bengal. He was manner are by no means unfrequent, very much struck with a small clock, and in reality constitute one of the and had it held to him, watching for most copious sources from which a long time the revolution of the the Lamas of Tibet derive their moment-hand. He admired it with wealth. No one thinks himself de. gravity, and without any childish graded by performing these humili. emotion. There was nothing in ations. The persons I allude to, the ceremony different from the first who came for this devout purpose, visit. The father and mother were were attendant on a man of superior present. I stayed about half an rank, that seemed to be more enhour, and retired, to return and grofled than the rest in the performtake leave in the afternoon. The ance of the cereinony, He wore a
rich fattin garment, lined with fox- pieces of fattin for the governor,
and observing, that now Teefhoo
SOME ACCOUNT OF THE KRAKEN,
with the greatest expedition till they
come into the usual foundings of OR SEA EEL.
the place; there lying a few mi, HE Kraken, or Sea Eel, is nutes on their oars, they see the
a marine animal of the most monster emerge, and dilplay itself enormous dimensions: the credit of sufficiently, though its whole body its existence chiefly depends on the is not apparent. Its back, or upper evidence of Pontoppidon, bishop of surface, which seems an English mile Bergen, in his Natural History of and a half in circumference, (some Norway. But as no person has have affirmed more) looks at first ever pretended to have seen a full- like a number of small islands, suro grown Kraken, in all its dimensions, rounded with something that floats a particular account of its conform like sea-weeds ; at last several bright ation cannot be expected : neverthe- points or antennæ appear, which less, we shall adduce the arguments grow thicker the higher they emerge, of this author, on which he grounds and sometimes stand
as high and large bis own belief of the existence of as the masts of middle-lized vessels. this monstrous production of na- In a short time, it gradually finks, ture.
which is thought as dangerous as “Our fishermen," says Pontop- its rising, causing such a swell aud pidon, “unanimously and invariably vortex, that it draws in vessels, like affirm, that when they are several that of Malestram.” miles from the land, particularly in The bishop laments the omission hot summer weather, and by their of the only opportunity which ever distance, and the bearings of fome has been, or perhaps ever may be points of land, expect from eighty presented, of examining this creato an hundred fathoms in depth, ture when alive, or seeing it entire and do not find more than twenty when dead : this, he acquaints 48, or thirty; and more especially, if did once occur, on the credit of the they discover an unusual quantity minister of Nordland, and vicar of of cod and ling, they judge that the College for promoting Christian the Kraken is at the bottom: but knowledge; who inforined him thac if they find by their lines that the a Kraken came into the shallows bewater in the same place ftill fhal- eween the rocks and cliffs near Ablows on them, they know that it is tahong; where, in turning about, riding to the surface, and row off forne of its long horns caught hold