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dure to look at her. In short, he can- lence. It was a laughable thing for not tell what he wants, who he is, nor me to see constraint and vexation what he is to do. There is not a great painted in the eyes of all, while he er misery in the world, than to have went on as if his words had been to do with such a man ; in dealing eagerly imbibed by the whole comwith whom you cannot form any pany. From time to time, he callplan whatever, but must depend ed out to the bystanders: what do
his caprice. Wife, chil- you think of it; do I say well?' and dren, friends, relations, servants, as no answer was ever given, he all are bewildered. I imagine I see took the silence for an assent, and one of those little women, who, in addressing his talk to the person order that her admirers may be con-' he had interrogated, pursued his stantly thinking of her, finds her- argument as briskly, and as eagerly, self, at one time indisposed, at an- as if he had just begun. I do not other frolicsome, now scolds, now believe, that there was any one, exlaughs, next asks you for a thing, and cept myself, that had lent him an when you reach it, throws it away, ear.
But I, at the time of his abusing you, moreover, for your at- speech, had seated myself in a cortention, so that you have always ner, and pretending to think sometwo hearts in your breast, of which thing else, was investigating as bids
you do, and the other re- much as I could, the nature of this frain; you are in constant dread brain. The inan had really an imaof doing amiss; you have a vulture gination of fire, and so rapid, that he continually gnawing you. The same passed, by springs, or bounds, from practice, I believe , is followed by one subject to another, without perthe more artful of these men, whom ceiving it. He was also well proI call the inconstànts. These partly vided with memory, which enabled are, and partly appear to be, luna, him to enforce whatever he said, tics, in order that their domestics, with erudition of various kinds, and their friends, studying how to whence he threw down by bundles divine them amid such a diversity, or fragments, bits of stories, philomay be always intent on their mo- sophical opinions, sayings of writers, tions, and may have a continual de- little regarding whether they were pendence on the actions which they to the purpose, or not. At length do, the looks which they cast, the it pleased God, that this Universal first word which issues in the morn- Dictionary should terminate his ing from their mouth. In short the reading, and should take his deparperson, who has lived for a year or ture ; upon which every one drew two with such men, may set up for his breath; and the countenances a professor in the seience of divi- which before were turbid and menation.
lancholy, resumed their gaiety. The Talkative Man.
The company then returning to
sports and jests, such as are usual. A few evenings ago, a man argu- where men meet to spend the time; ed in a company with so much fury • What do you think, said some to and with such a torrent of words, me, of that noble stream of elothat the tongues of all who were quence.- I can only say, replied I, there present, became wholly use- that I should be unwilling, after so less; and if there was any one, who, long a dissertation, to begin a new contrived to articulate a syllable, it one, and drive so agreeable a comonly gave a new impulse to our pany to despair.----Make a paper of talker, to pour forth with greater vio- it said another. Is it not an admir
able character for you? Do you off Falmouth, and 230 persons think, that all this harangue which drowned. he has held, will not make out an 24. A remarkably high tide at article. He has said as much as Leith. It rose to 18 feet 11 inches. would fill your pages for three March 5. Battle of Barrosa, in months : A fine work it would which the French, under Marshal take, replied I, to print that, the Victor, were defeated by the Brispeaking of which has so tired you tish and Spaniards, under Lieutenall. - Come, said one of the boldest, ant-General Graham. you must either say it now, or pro. 10. Badajos surrendered to the mise, that the first paper published French, under Marshal Soult. by you shall be upon our speaker. 13. A French squadron, of five He must be charitably warned of 'frigates, one corvette, one gun-boat, his propensity.' Then, to get out and one xebec, defeated in the of the scrape I was obliged to pro- Adriatic, by four British frigates, mise to write something upon the viz. the Amphion, Captain Hoste; subject, and have now done so. the Cerborus, Active, and Volage.
The Corona and Bellona, of 32
guns each, were taken, and the Chronological Account of Remarka- Favorite, of 44 guns, burnt.
Ble Occurrences dering the year 14. The Foundation-stone of the 1811.
second wet dock at Leith laid, by
William Calder, Esq. Lord Provost Jan. 11. A DEPUTATION of both of Edinburgh.
15. The French, under Massena, inent waited upon the Prince of commenced their retreat, on the Wales, with the resolutions confer- 5th, from their position at Santarem, ring on him the office of Regent, of and were closely pursued by the which he was pleased to accept. British army, under Lord Welling
– A similar deputation waited on ton. Several partial actions took the Queen at Windsor.
place, from the 5th to the 15th, in 15. Parliament opened by com which the British were uniformly mission, and theregency bill brought successful. in.
> 20. Maria Louisa, Empress ot 17. Great opposition made to France, delivered of a son, who was various restricting clauses in the afterwards created King of Rome. regency bill, but it was carried in
21. Campo Major taken by the favour of Ministers by narrow ma- French, after a short siege. jorities. The debate continued 25. Marshal Beresford's cavalry till the bill finally passed both Hou- defeated a superior body of French ses.
horse. The enemy lost above five Feb. 4. The regency bill received hundred men ; the British one hunthe royal assent by commmission.
dred and seventy. 6. The Prince of Wales installed 27. The Duke of Gloucester eRegent.
lected Chancellor of the University 12. The session of Parliament for- of Cambridge. mally opened, by a speech from the The island of Anholt attacked Prince Regent, which was delivered by a Danish flotilla, with four thouby commission. The addresses of sand men on board. They were both Houses passed unaniniously, totally defeated by the garrison,
21. The John and Jane transport consisting of only three hundred rur down by the Franchise frigate, and fifty men, under Captain Mau
rice. The Danes lost a great num-. latter were repulsed, after a most ber in killed and wounded, and five, sanguinary contest. Major Genehundred and fifty were taken pri- ral Houghton was killed, leading on soners,
• his brigade. Great storms in Cadiz Bay, Action between the American which ļasted till the 29th, when up- frigate President and the British wards of fifty vessels were driven sloop of war Little Belt, in which ashore and wrecked.
the latter had a number of men 29. Gustavus Adolphus, late King killed and wounded. of Sweden, leaves England for the 20. A severe engagement, off continent.
Madagascar, between his Majesty's April 10. Parliament voted 100,000). ships Åstrea, Phæbe, Galatea, Racetowards relieving the Portuguese horse, and three large French friwho had suffered during the retreat gạtes, of 44 guns each. Two of of the French army.
the latter, La Renommee and La 15. Olivenza surrendered to Mar- Nereide, were taken ; but the third, shal Beresford.
La Clorinde, made lier escape. 23 and 27. The French attacked The right honourable Robert the piquets of the British on the Blair, Lord President of the Court Azava, but were repulsed with loss. of Session, died suddenly at his
May 1. A meeting held at Lon- house in George's Square, Edindon, and a subscription entered into burgh. for the relief of the suffering Por- - The budget opened by Mr tuguese, when 40001. were subscrib- Perceval, in the House of Comed in less than two hours.
The hat duty was repealed, 5. A desperate battle at Fuentes and no new taxes imposed. de Honor, in Portugal, in which 21. The Faculty of Advocates vothe French were defeated.
țed a statue to the memory of Pre8. A meeting held at Edinburgh, sident Blair. for relief of the Portuguese, when Another great thunder storm a considerable sum was raised. in the neighbourhood of Dumfries,
- Arthur William Hodge, Esq. &c. executed at Tortola, for the murder Lord Sidmouth's bill for aof one of his slaves.
mending and explaining the acts 11. Almeida evacuated by the relative to dissenters rejected in French. The garrison effected their the House of Lords. escape through the blockading ar- 25. A large body of French camy.
valry defeated near Usagre, in Por14. A remarkable storm of thun- tugal, by the honourable Major-Geder and lightning, which did con- neral Lumley. siderable damage in the neighbour- - The Duke of York reappointhood of Glasgow, Stirling. Dum- ed Commander in Chief. fries, Carlisle, Newcastle, Sheffield, 27. A violent storm of hail, which &c, and in which several people lost was felt severely in the counties of their lives.
Worcester, Hereford, and GloucesThe foundation-stone of St ter, and did great damage, particuGeorge's Church, Charlotte Square, larly in the city of Worcester and Edinburgh, laid.
its neighbourhood. 16. Battle of Albuera, in Portu. 28. Lord Viscount Melville died gal, between the all under Mar- suddenly, at the house of his neshal Beresford, and the French, un- phew, George's Square, Edinburgh, der Marshal Soult, in which the -Lord President Blair interred
in the Greyfriars burial ground, the iards were killed in the city, 1000 Magistrates, Professors of the Uni- sabred or drowned, and nearly versity, a deputation of the Clergy 10,000 made prisoners. of the Church of Scotland, with The House of Lords found, those belonging to the city, the after an investigation which lasted Judges of the Courts of Session and several months, that the claimant Justiciary, the Barons of Exche- to the title of Earl of Berkeley, had quer, the Faculty of Advocates, not made out his case.
By this Writers to the signet, and Solicitors decision, the title goes to the fourth before these Courts, accompanying son of the late Earl, being the first the procession, in their robes. born legitimate child.
si. An extraordinary Aux and July 5. Representatives from the reflux of the sea at Plymouth. different provinces of the Caraccas,
June 2. Christophe crowned King assembled in a general congress, of Hayti, by the title of Henry the publish a declaration of indepenFirst.
dence. 7. An earthquake felt at the Cape 7. A severe hurricane in the of Good Hope.
West Indies, which continued till 7. A severe thunder storm at the 8th, when a number of vessels Edinburgh, during which the light- were lost. ning struck the house of Dr Hen 14. The office of the Paisley Underson, at Fountainbridge, which ion Bank, at Glasgow, broken into, was considerably damaged, and so and upwards of 20,0001. in bank severely burnt a servant-maid that notes carried off. she died in a short time after.
21. Parliament prorogued by 11. The siege of Badajos raised commission. by the allies, after two attempts to 29. The yellow fever broke out take it by storm.
at Carthagena, and several other 14. A great fire at Konigsberg, places on the coast of Spain, and in Prussia, which burnt almost the continued to rage through the rest half of the suburbs; 134 granaries of the season. were burnt, and the damage com 30. A proclamation issued by the puted at a million of rixdollars. Lord Lieutenant of Ireland for en
18. A volcanic island, which arose forcing the convention act. from the bottom of the sea, off the 32. An extraordinary meeting of west end of St Michael's, one of the Catholic committee held in the Azores, discovered and taken Dublin, when a number of resolupossession of by the Sabrina slooptions were passed, expressive of of war, in the name of his Britan- their determination to meet for the nic Majesty.
purpose of petitioning Parliament. 19. In the Court of King's Bench, August 4. The British troops land a verdict was given for the defen- in the island of Java. dant, in the action of Sir Francis 5. Five catholic gentlemen arBurdett against the Serjeant at rested at Dublin, by virtue of warArms of the House of Commons. rants from the Lord Chief Justice,
- A grand fete given by the for acting as delegates to the Catho; Prince Regent, at Carleton-house, lic committee. in honour of the King's birth-day, 8. Batavia surrendered to the when upwards of 2000 of the nobi- British forces. lity and gentry sat down to dinner, 10. A sharp action with the ene
28. Tarragona taken by storm by my in Java, in which they lost a the French. Four thousand Span. General and 300 men,
12. Mr Saddler ascended in a October 1. Several gentlemen apballoon, from the Mermaid, Hack pointed by the British Government Tey, accompanied by Lieutenant as Commissioners to mediate bePaget, royal navy, and, after a plea- tween Spain and her American sant aerial voyage, descended near colonies. Tilbury Fort, in Essex.
4. A Newhaven boat lost on the 13. The city of New Valencia, in passage from Kinghorn; three of South America, taken by storm, the crew drowned, and the fourth by General Miranda, formerly in saved with great difficulty. the service of the French republic, 13. A violent gale of wind from the commander of the revolutionary the S. W: which did considerable forces.
damage to the shipping, &c. 19. The fortress of Figueras sur 14. The Pomone frigate lost, by rendered to the French, after a striking on the Needle rocks. blockade of four months.
19. The honourable Charles Hay, 26. A severe battle between the Lord Newton, died suddenly in British and French, near Batavia, Forfarshire. in which the latter were completely 22. The right honourable Charles defeated, with the loss of 2030 kil- Hope appointed President of the led and 5000 made prisoners, in. College of Justice, in room of Precluding three Generals. The loss sident Blair, deceased. of the British, above 800 in killed 25. General Blake defeated by and wounded.
the French army under Suchet, 29. A comet appeared, pot fore- when attempting to relieve Saguntold by the astronomers, and was tum, near Valencia, in conséquence still visible in December, though of which the place surrendered. much diminished in splendour. 23. A division of the French
Sep. 17. A revolt of the free army of Portugal, under General people of colour and negroes broke Girard, surprised by General Hill; out in the island of Martinique, and 300 killed, upwards of 1000 taken continued till the 21st, when it was prisoners, including two Generals suppressed without much blood- and 40 officers, with all their artilshed.
lory and baggage. 21. Bonaparte, while on a tour 29. The right honourable David to the coast of Holland, witnessed Boyle appointed Justice Clerk, in the capture of a praam at Boulogne, the room of President Hope. by the Naiad frigate, Captain Car 90. The sloop Fame, of Carron, teret, Rinaldo, Redpole, and Cas- captured by a French privateer, tilian brigs, and Viper cutter, after brought ap to the North Queensan engagement with seven praams. ferry, with six Frenchmen and 15 smaller vessels.
board, during a storm, under the 25 and 27. Some smart skirmish- direction of a boy of 13 years of es between the allied and French age. armies in Portugal, in which the 31.. dreadful storm of wind and latter, after having succeeded in rain, accompanied by extraordinathrowing supplies into Ciudad Rode ry high tides, which continued severigo, retreated to Salamanca. ral days, and did very great damage
28. A boxing match took place along the coast. at Thisleton Gap, Rutlandshire, Nov. 10. A fire broke out in the between Crib and Molineaux, in Exchequer Chambers, Edinburgh, which the former was victor. Up- which was happily extinguished wards of 50,000l. were betted on without doing any material damage. the occasion.
12. The Court of Session met for