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On Mermaids.

[Jan. date. The following cannot fail of nose, and chin were white, the whole fixing attention, from the various side face of a bright pink colour, the points in which it agrees with the de- head exceedingly round, the hair thick scription of the animal said to have and long, of a green oily cast, and apbeen taken in the Gulf of Stanchio. peared troublesome to it; the waves We copy it from a London newspaper: generally threw it over the face, and it

seemed to feel the annoyance; and as “A letter from Douglas, in the Isle of the waves retreated it threw it back, Man, contains a curious account of two and rubbed its throat, as to remove any Merchildren lately discovered by three respectable tradesmen of that town, during The throat was slender, smooth, and

soiling it might have received from it. an excursion on the Calf of Man, in guest white, the arms long and slender, as of sea fowl. Attracted by a sound somewhat resembling the cries of a young kitten,

were the hands and fingers, the latter they found, on searching amongst the rocks,

not webbed. One arm was frequently two small marine animals, exactly resem extended over its head, as if to frighten bling in their form that species of creature,

a bird that hovered over it. It someso often described and known by the name times laid its right hand under its of the Merman. One of them was dead and cheek, and in this position floated for much lacerated by the violence with which

some time. The Sun was shining it had been driven on shore, during a vio clearly at the time; it was distant à lent gale of wind on the preceding night;

few yards only,—three other people the other was, however, conveyed to Doug. las, where it still remains, and seems likely

were also present on the beach,

-had to do well. It is 1 ft. 11$ inc. in length,

before frequently combated the asserfrom the crown of its head to the extremity

tion of Mermaids having been seen on

that beach. of its tail; 5 inc. across the shoulders; its skin is of a very pale brown colour, and the

This account was corroborated by scales on its tail are tinged with violet; the the publication of a letter from Mr. hair (if it may be so called) on its head is of William Munro, schoolmaster of Thua light green cast; it is attached to the ros, dated 9th June, 1809, regarding a crown of the head, only hanging loose about Mermaid seen by him some years bethe face, about four inches in length, gela fore: tinous to the touch, and somewhat resem

“ About twelve years ago (says Mr. bling the green sea weed, commonly growing on rocks ; its mouth is small, and has

Munro) I was parochial schoolmaster at no appearance of teeth. It delights much

Reay, and walking on the shore of Sandside in swimming about in a large tub of sea

Bay, being a fine warm day in summer, near

Sandside Head, saw a figure resembling an water, and feeds chiefly on muscles and other shell fish, which it devours with great

unclothed female, sitting on a rock extendavidity; it also now and then swallows

ing into the sea, and apparently in the acsmall portions of milk and water when given

tion of combing its hair, which flowed to it in a quill."

round its shoulders, and was of a light

brown colour. The figure was so like a But though this narrative from the

woman, that had not the rock on which it Isle of Man is not a little extraordi

was sitting been dangerous for bathing, I

should have regarded it as really a human nary, it is from the coasts of Scot

form. The head was covered with hair, land that we have been furnished

shaded on the crown, the forehead round, with the most circumstantial and de

the face plump, the cheeks ruddy, the eyes termined histories of Mermaids. In a blue, the mouth and lips of a natural form, letter from Elizabeth Mackay, dangh- the teeth I could not discover, as the mouth ter of the Rev. David Mackay, Minis was shut; the breasts and abdomen, the ter of Reay, dated Reay Manse, May arms and fingers, of the size of a full grown 25, 1809, to Mrs. Innes Dowager, of body of the human species; the fingers, Sandside, it is stated, that walking from the action in which the hands were with her cousin, Miss C. Mackenzie, employed, did not appear webbed. It reon the 12th of January, about noon,

mained on the rock three or four minutes, the sea high, Miss Mackay saw a Mer- and then dropping into thie sea, which was maid, the face of which seemed plump

on a level with its abdomen, it did not reand round, the eyes and nose small, features, being at no great distance, on an

appear to me. I had a distinct view of its the former of a light grey colour, the eminence above the rock on which it was mouth large, and from the shape of sitting, and the Sun brightly shining. Imthe jaw-bone, which seemed straight, mediately before its getting into its natural the face looked short; the forehead, element, it seemed to have observed me. I



On Mermaids.

39 had before heard it frequently, reported, by swimming a shore for his life, upon which several persons of veracity, that they had she went in a hurry, and told her mother seen such a phenomenon, though then, what she had seen at the shore, as aforesaid; like many others, I was not disposed to cre the whole of which she declares to be the dit their testimony on this subject. I can truth, and that she cannot write." - D. say of a truth, that it was only from seeing CAMPBELL, Sheriff Substitute. the phenomenon I was perfectly convinced young man, named John M'Isaac, of its existence.'

of Corphine, in Kintyre, in Scotland, made

oath on examination, at Campbel-town, beThe length to which this simple fore the Sheriff Substitute of Kintyre, that transcription of the histories on record he saw on the afternoon of the 13th of Ochas extended this paper, induces us to tober, on a black rock on the sea-coast, an conclude with the following extraor animal, of the particulars of which he gives dinary depositions of Catharine Loy- a long and curious detail, answering, in genachan and John M'Isaac, as to the neral, to the description commonly given appearance of a Mermaid on the coast of the supposed amphibious animal, called a of Kintyre, in Scotland, in the month Mermaid. He states, that the upper half of October 1811.

of it was white, and of the shape of a human

body; the other half, towards the tail, of a “ In the presence of Duncan Campbell, · brindled or reddish grey colour, apparently Esq. Sheriff Substitute of the District of covered with scales; but the extremity of Kintyre, compeared Catherine Loynachan,

the tail itself was of a greenish red shining daughter of Lachlon Loynachan, herd, in colour; but the head was covered with long Ballinatunie, aged eighty-one and a half hair; sometimes it would put back the hair years, who being examined and interrogated,

on both sides of its head; it would also declares, that on the afternoon of a Sunday,

spread its tail like a fan, and while so exabout three weeks ago, she was herding cat

tended, the tail continued in tremulous motle for her father at the sea-side, on the said

tion, and when drawn together again, it farm, and had a brother with her younger

remained motionless, and appeared to the than herself: that as she was turning the

deponent to be about 12 or 14 inches broad; cattle towards home, and being at the time that the hair was long, and light brown: very close to the sea-side, she observed some

that the animal was between four and five creature sliding upon his belly, off one of feet long; that it had a head, hair, arms, the rocks very near her, into the sea; that and body, down to the iniddle, like a human she observed this creature had a head covered being; that the arms were short in

proporwith long hair, of a darkish colour, the tion to the body, which appeared to be shoulders and back white, with the rest of about the thickness of that of a young lad, the body tapering like a fish, and, as she and tapering gradually to the point of the thought, of a darkish brown colour : that tail: that when stroking its head, as aboveafter sliding from the rock, it disappeared mentioned, the fingers were kept close tow under water, but immediately thereafter it gether, so that he cannot say whether they came above water again, about six yards

were webbed or not : that he saw it for near further out, and turned about, with the two hours, the rock on which it lay being face of it towards the shore, where the de dry; that after the sea had so far retired, clarant was standing; and having laid one

as to leave the rock dry to the height of hand, which was like a boy's, upon another

five feet above the water, it tumbled clumrock that was near the first rock, it came sily into the sea; a minute after he observed nearer to the shore than it was ; that, at the animal above water, and then he saw this time the declarant saw the face of it every feature of his face, having all the apdistinctly, which had all the appearance of pearance of a human being, with very hollow the face of a child, and as white, and at this eyes. The cheeks were of the same colour time the animal was constantly rubbing or

with the rest of the face; the neck seemed washing its breast with one hand, the fin short; and it was constantly stroking and gers being close together. Declares, that, washing its breast, which was half immersed after this animal continued to look toward

in the water. He therefore cannot say the declarant for about half a minute, it

whether its bosom was formed like a woman's swam about and disappeared, but in a very

or not. He saw no other fins or feet upon short time thereafter she saw the head and it but as described. It continued above face of the animal appearing above water water for a few minutes, and then disapagain, and swimming away south, towards peared. He was informed that some boys the farm of Corphine, but soon after disap in a neighbouring farm saw a similar creature peared, and the declarant saw it no more. in the sea, close to the shore, on the same Declares, that, from the appearance of this day. The Minister of Campbel-town, and animal above water, when swimming south, the Chamberlain of Mull, attended his exshe thought it was a boy that had fallen out amination, and declare they know no reason of a vessel that was passing by, and was why his veracity should be questioned."


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Ancient Anecdotes.-Wellesley Family.--Baronets. [Jan. Ancient Anecdotes, &c. ately ordered him to be crucified.

Lib. 6, 3, 5. from VALERIUS MAXIMUS,

(To be continued.) by Dr. Carey, West Square.


Jan. 12. Continued from vol. XCII, . p. 597.)

VOUR Correspondent, vol. xcii. the first Punic war,' a Roman ii. p. 325, work having concluded a dishonorable tiquity of the Wellesley family. The peace with the Corsicans, the Senate • Irish,” who asserted that Mr. Colley refused to ratify the treaty, and offered was an obscure man, must have done to surrender the general to the enemy. so out of malice or envy. The antiBut the latter having rejected the of- quity of the Colley or Cowley family fer, the Senate cast him into prison, is beyond dispute; they possessed large and there caused him to be put to property in Rutland, as existing modeath.—Lib. 6, 3, 3.

numents clearly evince.

Sir Henry During the war between the Italian Colley, Knt. temp. Queen Elizabeth, confederates and the Romans, an in to whom your correspondent alludes, dividual of the latter nation cut off the was son and heir of Walter Cowley, fingers of his left hand, with a view to Solicitor-general of Ireland to Henry obtain an exemption from serving in VIII. and nephew of Robert Cowley,

But, though he thus es. Master of the Rolls in the same reign. caped the dangers of the field, he did Your correspondent is however misnot escape punishment: for, by a de. taken, in supposing that Richard Colcree of the Senate, his property was ley succeeded to the estates of his elder confiscated, and himself condemned to brother, Henry Colley, of Castle Carperpetual imprisonment in irons.-Lib. bery; who, by his wife the Lady Mary 6, 3, 3.

Hamilton, left a daughter and sole In the

year of Rome 268, the board heiress, Elizabeth Colley, who carried of Tribunes (with the exception of a the Colley estate to her husband, Arsingle member), formed a conspiracy thur Pomeroy, Viscount Harberton. to prevent the election of new magis Yours, &c.

G. H, W. trates in the room of those who were soon to go out of office, in order that Mr, URBAN,

Jan. 27. the unsettled and defenceless state of NOME of

your have commonwealth might

touched the multiplication an opportunity to seize the reins of of the Order of Baronets. The followgovernment, and possess themselves of ing is, I believe, a tolerably accurate absolute power:

But the dissentient calculation and analysis of those cremember (Publius Mucius) defeated the ated between June 1796, and Novemnefarious scheme, and caused all his ber 1822. collegues to be burned alive. - Lib. Country Gentlemen, 74-Army, 44 6, 3, 2.

--Navy, -42–Office, 25-Physic, 14 In consequence of the frequent rob- - Law, 12-Literature, 2-Comberies and murders committed in Sicily merce, 43 - East Indians, 25—Irish, by the numerous fugitive slaves, it was 35 - Scotch, 13; total, 329, found necessary to issue an order (which I cannot exactly state the number of was uniformly enforced by the Roman this order extinct in this period; but it governors of that province) that no is at least one hundred. When the slave should possess any,

offensive wea- Union with Ireland is recollected; pon. During the existence of that when the vast increase of the national prohibition, a wild boar of uncommon wealth and population is considered; size happened to be killed, and carried, when the late unparalleled war is taken as a present, to the governor, Lucius into view, which added 86 10 this hoDomitius, who, after having expressed nour, in right of the services of the his admiration of such a noble prey, Army and Navy, the augmentation inquired, who had killed the creature. may be satisfactorily and justly acOn learning that it was a slave, he or- counted for. The highest and best dered him to be sent for—asked him descended families and names of counhow he had destroyed such an animal try gentlemen have been proud to re-and, receiving for answer, that it ceive the honour during this period. was with a hunting-spear, he immedi Yours, &c.

N. S.

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1. The Loves of the Angels : a Poem. By his excellencies, has many faults. In

Thomas Moore. 8vo. pp. 148. Longman, the present Poem, he is less blasphe2. Heaven and Earth, a Mystery. By mous than in the Vision of Judgment; Lord Byron. Hùnt.

but he is, as usual, sullen and moody, HE singular circumstance of two quarrelling with all he cannot compre

of the most brilliant poetical lumi- hend, and with dogmatic insolence naries of the day, whose style and senti- "into the heaven of heaven presumes” ments are strongly contrasted, being en- to intrude. Entering into the mystegaged on the same subject, induces us to ries of Providence, he feels himself class these two productions, issued at the baffled, and becomes malignant, “in same time, under one general Review. wandering mazes lost.” It appears that Mr. Moore's Poem, As these two eminent writers will originally different in form, and more doubtless form the topic of conversalimited in extent, was intended as an tion in every society claiming the episode for a work on which he has least pretensions to Literature, we shall been engaged at intervals during the at once proceed to our extracts, and last two years; but understanding that present our readers with select pasLord Byron had chosen a similar sub- sages from each. We will commence ject for a drama, in the second Num- with the amorous bard of Erin. Mr. ber of the Liberal, he determined on Moore, in his Preface, after some inpublishing his sketch immediately, troductory remarks, thus explains the fest the Publick might suppose, if he plot. followed such a Rival, that he was a

“ In point of fact, the subject is not mere Copyist. The subject of both is Scriptural -- the notion upon which it is the love felt by the angels for the founded (that of the love of Angels for daughters of men,

as described in the women) having originated in an erroneous sixth chapter of Genesis. The pas- translation by the LXX. of that verse in sage is generally supposed to have been the sixth chapter of Genesis, upon which erroneously translated in the Septua- the sole authority for the fable rests. The gint.—The public opinion has been foundation of my story, therefore, has as considerably excited by the circum- little to do with Holy Writ as have the stance of these two poets, so different dreams of the later Platonists, or the revein all the characteristics of thought and ries of the Jewish divines ; and, in approexpression, entering on similar subjects. priating the notion thus to the uses of PoAll were anxious to see how they would etry, I have done no more than establish it treat the same topics. But we think it nions of the most rational Fathers, and of

in that region of Fiction, to which the opiscarcely possible for two writers, adopt- all other Christian Theologians, have long ing the same materials, to produce consigned it. more different results. Mr. Moore's

“ In addition to the fitness of the sublanguage is soft and impassioned, and ject for Poetry, it struck me also as capahis metre is always regular, easy, and ble of affording an allegorical medium, harmonious, – though sometimes it through which might be shadowed out (as certainly betrays too much art, and I have endeavoured to do in the following cloys by its uniformity: Lord Byron stories,) the fall of the Soul from its orioccasionally astonishes by the gigantic ginal purity—the loss of light and happiscope of his mind, and the sparkling ness which it suffers, in the pursuit of this brilliancy of his ideas. He spurns the world's perishable pleasures—and the puordinary rules of art, and launches into nishments, both from conscience and Dithe most daring irregularities of metre, vine justice, with which impurity, pride, suited to the various energies of his and presumptuous inquiry into the awful

secrets of God, are sure to be visited.” towering and intellectual strength. This apparent contempt of all poetical The Poem is divided into three storules frequently exposes him to those ries, each of which is a distinct loveaberrations of language, which would tale; the heroes and heroines of which not be tolerated in a writer of inferior are the angels and the fair daughters reputation. The noble Lord, amongst of Eve. The following are the openGent. Mag. January, 1823.


wonted power.

" the

Review.-Moore's Lores of the Angels,

(Jan. ing stanzas, which display the “wont of his lore are described in the most ed fire” of a masterly genius.

glowing and impassionate numbers. “ 'Twas when the world was in its prime,

Their loves are mutual : she wishes to When the fresh stars had just begun

learn the mysteries of creation : he imTheir race of glory, and young Time

parts the mystical words, which are Told his first birth-days by the sun ; no sooner uttered, but they "plume her When in the light of Nature's dawn wings for heaven," and she ascends in Rejoicing, men and angels met

radiant glory to a bright star, abanOn the high hill and sunny lawn,

doning her weak lover to the iniseries Ere sorrow came, or sin had drawn

of eternal hanishment from celestial 'Twixt man and heaven her curtain yet! bliss—the spell having in him lost its “ When earth lay nearer to the skies Than in these days of crime and woe,

The denouement of the second story And mortals saw without surprise,

is awful in its effects. The ideas are In the mid-air, angelic eyes

doubtless borrowed from the ridicuGazing upon this world below.

lous fable of Semele being consumed Alas, that passion should profane,

in her embraces with Jupiter. Rubi, Ev'n then, that morning of the earth!

the second angel, is deeply enamoured That, sadder still, the fatal stain

of Lilis, who feels a fervent desire to Should fall on hearts of heavenly birth

embrace her lover in his deified state. And oh, that stain so dark should fall From Woman's love, most sad of all !

Ovid makes Jupiter previously aware

of the terrible result of Semele's im« One evening, in that time of bloom, On the hill's side, where hung the ray

prudent request: but the Angel of Mr.

Moore, who is represented as
Of sunset, sleeping in perfume,
Three noble youths conversing lay ;

spirit of knowledge!" seems quite igno

rant of the dreadful consequences. He And, as they look’d, from time to time,

To the far sky, where Daylight furl'd seems not to possess the wisdom of the His radiant wing, their brows sublime

Celestials. Petrified with horror, af Bespoke them of that distant world ter the fatal embrace, he exclaims with Creatures of light, such as still play, astonishment:

1 Like motes in sunshine, round the Lord, And through their infinite array

“Scarce had I touch'd her shrinking frame,

When-oh most horrible !—I felt
Transmit each moment, night and day,
The echo of His luminous word !

That every spark of that pure fame

Pure, while among the stars I dwelt “Of Heaven they spoke, and, still more oft, Was now by my transgression turn'd Of the bright eyes that charm'd them Into gross, earthly fire, which burn'd, thence :

Burn'd all it touch'd, as fast as eye Till, yielding gradual to the soft

Could follow the fierce, ravening flashes, And balmy evening's influence

Till there-oh God, I still ask why
The silent breathing of the flowers Such doom was hers? I saw her lie

The melting light that beam'd above, Black’ning within my arms to ashes !.
As on their first, fond, erring hours, Those cheeks, a glory but to see
Each told the story of his love,

Those lips, whose touch was what the The history of that hour unblest,

first When, like a bird, from its high nest Fresh cup of immortality, Won down by fascinating eyes,

Is to a new-made angel's thirst ! For Woman's smile he lost the skies. Those arms, within whose gentle round, “ The First who spoke was one, with look

My heart's horizon, the whole bound The least celestial of the three."

Of its hope, prospect, heaven was found !

Which, ev’n in this dread moment, fond Such are the introductory stanzas. As when they first were round me cast, The first angel relates his having seen Loos'd not in death the fatal bond, one of the fairest of the daughters of But, burning, held me to the last earth bathing in a limpid stream. A That hair, from under whose dark veil, violent passion is the result, thus The snowy neck, like a white sail warmly characterized.

At moonlight seen 'twixt wave and wave,

Shone out by gleams that hair, to save “ Throughout creation I but knew

But one of whose long, glossy wreaths, Two separate worlds--the one, that small,

I could have died ten thousand deaths !-
Beloved, and consecrated spot

All, all, that seem'd, one minute since,
Where LEA was-the other, all
The dull, wide waste, where she was not ?i So full of Love's own redolence,

Now, parch'd and black, before me lay,
The seductive charms of the object Withering in agony away ;


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