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more than they deferved. He is the firft neighbourhood, he came home about author, who, to any satisfaction, has clear. eleven o'clock, and went immediately to "ed and arranged the chaos of the begin- bed. His housekeeper heard him very *ning of our monarchy. The most patient restless in his bed, and complaining in a Teader was tired with the intricate con- hoarse and articulate voice ; on this the fufion and jejune uncertainty, which reign. opened the chamber door, but all her mafed in the history of the two first races of ter could utter, was, un cbirur--by which, dur kings ; whereas, Abbé Velly has irra- the readily understanding him to mean, diated thofe dark ages with light, order, un chirurgien, she run to fetch one, but he inftru&ion, and entertainment. It is in- came too late ; the Abbé was deae, by difputably the most shining and moft the bursting of an artery. useful piece of this excellent work, being I was immediately acquainted with this the most neceffary and most difficult : as writer, and visited him pretty often. He "for the third. Tace, the materials are in was very regular in his manner of living; fuch plenty, that all the perplexity lies and though, as noticed above, his confti in rele&ting the best and moft interesting. tution was very fanguine, of gentle parThe stile, if not of any striking elegance or fions, and a placid femper, fincere and energy, is easy, plain, natural, and not in- fteady in friendship, unmoveable in the correct, breathing an air of candour and true principles of religion and morality, veracity, which pleases in the 'historical charming in his conversation, and amikind.
able in his behaviour towards all ranks, • The Abbé Velly had published fix vo. he was even of a singular chearíulners, a lumes of his history of France, and was quality not often united with such virtue about the seventh and eighth, when he was and wisdom as in him: frequently laughsuddenly taken off. He was very fan- ing, and that very heartily, and Tuch are guine; his face of a deep red, a pretty generally the most happy, most candid, common symptom of a' tendency to an and most estimable. apoplexy; accordingly, his friends often As the Abbé Velly, in his history of advised him to lose Tome blood, but, as he France, with ahe account of the military felt no indifpofition, he neglected that pre- atchievements, blends very judicious enClution, and relied on an athletic state of quiries into the manners, laws, and cushealth, which had never failed him. On toms of that realm ; I shall foon send you the 4th of September, of the last year, after two of the firft I meet with, and shall ocdining moderately in the city, and spend- cafionally Welect them in chronological or ing the evening, without making any sup- der, down to the presentatime, if approvper, at the houfe of a learned person in his led of,
The NATURAL HISTORY of the EAGLE.
AS the lion is of beasts, so has the eagle tion, among the foldiers. With the fams T ever been reckoned the king of birds; design, Aristomenés 'caused one to be en. and for the same reafons : as none of the graven on his Thield. Teathered species is superior in strength, in- There are various kinds of there birds, (pires a greater terror into oiher animals, and they inhabit in divers countries. Those or excels him in natural fierceness, and in Europe are found near the Alps, and the rapidity and elevation of his flight. those of America chiefly in Virginia. The These properties determined Caius Marius species called the crowned eagle, from conful of Rome, in the 6goth year of that a tuft of feathers rifing in the form of a city, to suppress the figures of the wolf, crest or crown on the head, is a native of the minotaur, the wild boar and the Africa. The colours of each fort are likehorre; and to substitute in their stead, at wire various. Those of Europe and Amcthe head of the Roman legions, an earle; rica are of a chesnut brown, ruddy, and as an emblem which included the meaning white. The plumage of the crowned of all the rest, and which was more pro- eagle is more diversified, consisting of a per to excite ardour, courage, and anula beautiful mixture of black, brown, and
white, with a red breast, and orange co his thirst with their blood, and never loured circles round the eyes.
drinks water but when he is sick. It is They have a long hooked beak, scaly said that the swan is the only bird that can legs, thick crooked talons, and are diftin. refift him, and that he frequently does guished from the hawk by their bigness, it with success. An ancient author has and from the vulture by the bill, which left us an entertaining. description of a is black at the tip, and blue in the middle, fight between these two birds, but it ap* though in some yellow. The tongue pears rather to be founded on his own does not terminate in a point like that imagination than on truth. The whole of other birds, but is gridy, and almost has the appearance of fable: for all the square at the end. At its root are two other birds are afraid of the eagle to a sohard points, like the iron ones of an ar: vereign degree; they quake and tremble row. Their eye is quick and threatning, at his cry; and even the dragon, when he a little sunk in the head, and protected by hears him, takes refuge in his den. Nor the prominency of the forehead, resem are the files safe from his rapacity. He bling an eye.brow; underneath which is perceives them at the botrom; as he skims a hard and bony ledge, composed of seve- over the sea or lakes ; plunges immediateral substances, joined and placed one above ly down with the rapidity of an arrow; another like scales. The stomach thews and drags them to the bank, where he dethe voracity of this bird ; for, when tho. vours them. On this account, the Indians, roughly inflated, it is two inches in diame. according to Philostratus, carried on a ter. The bones are very hard, and have mortal war against him, shooting at hina very little marrow in them. The blood with poisoned arrows. is thick and fibrous, the bill, Marp, biting, and very corrosive.
- - - - - - - - The eagle This bird is so voracious, that he ravages That bears the thunder of our grand-fire all the neighbouring places, which are scarce fufficient to furnith him with prey With joy beholds his hardy youthful offnecessary for his support. Hence it is re
spring marked, that two eagles are not to be Forsake the neft, to try his tender pinions found but at a great distance from each In the wide untracted air; till, bolder grown, other. Aristotle and Pliny say, that the Now like a whirlwind on the Mepherd's eagles chace their young ones not only
fold, out of the airies, or nests, but even out of He darts precipitate, and gripes the prey ; the country they inhabit, as soon as they Or, fixing on some dragon's scaly hide, are able to fiy. They are not contented Eager of combat, and his future feast, with the larger birds, as hens, gcere, and Bears him aloft, reluctant, and in vain cranes, but pursue rabbits, hares, lambs, Wreathing his spiry tail. Rowe's Ulyfest and kids, which they lift from the ground, and carry off. Ælian relates something still The eagle is oftentimes as good as a more extraordinary, which happened in the game-keeper, since many a gentleman's illand of Crete : “An eagle of prodigious table is often supplied with game of fize attacked the bulls, with as much bold their providing i for, till their young is ness as the weakest and most fearful ani- able to fly, chey carry provision of all kinds mals; and his fury supplied him with ade to the airy, or neft, confisting of partriddress to overcome them. After placing ges, pheasants, woodcocks, hares, lambs, himself between their horns, he tore their kids, fawns; or whatever prey the counhead with the strokes of his bill; frequent- try affords. If the rock where the nest is ly he beat out their eyes, or covered them built be not quite inaccessible, it is usual with his wings, till the furious bull, after for the shepherds to climb up to it, and doing all in his power to free himself from take away the provifions from the young his enemy, threw himself into a marsh, or eagle while the old ones are abrent ; leavover a precipice, when the eagle complet. ing the entrails of animals, or some such ed his death by tearing out his intrails, food, in the room of what they take : and and made him his prey."
thus the table is furnished with the best of As the eagle lives wholly on the fieth of game, though perbaps deprived of a leg or such animals as he kills, so he quenches wing, by the voraciousness of the parent Augus, 1761.
eagle, or their offspring. M. de Thou, this kind of instinct, which the Scripture in the memoirs of his life, tells us, that he has chosen as an expressive symbol of the himself once dined with a certain great tenderness with which God protects his man; and observed with some surprize, people in the wilderness : that all the wild fowls brought to table " The Lord's portion is his people ; fa. wanted a leg, wing, or other part, till he cob is the lot of his inheritance was inormed they were taken from an
“He found him in a desert land, and in eagle's airy in the neighbourhood.
the waste-howling-wilderness : he led him Mr. Ray mentions an eagle's nest, found about, he instructed him, he kept him as near the river Darwent, in 1668, confift the apple of bis eye. ing of large sticks, one end whereof was “As an eagle stirreth up her neft, flutlaid on a rock, and the other on two tereth over her young, spreadeth abroad birch trees. It was two yards fquare, her wings, taketh them, beareth them on and had a young eagle in it, with the her wings; carcasses of one lamb, one hare, and three “So the Lord alone did lead him, and grygalli. And, it appears from Sir Robert there was no ftrange God with him. Sibbald, that the eagle will sometimes seize
Deut. xxxii, ver. 9, 10, 11, 12." even children; for he gives us an instance The reason why eagles, who have not of one that took up a young child, at a the fibres of their eyes stronger than other place called Houghton-head, and carried it animals, can look so steadfastly on the fun, to its neft in Hoy, one of the Orkney and support the splendor of its rays to islands, four miles diftant; but being im- easily, is, because, they have two sets of mediately followed by four men in a boat, eye-lids; the one is thin and fine, which who had observed an eagle's airy in that they draw over the eyes when they look iNand, and knew the place perfectly well, upon a luminous object, and which renthey brought back the child unhurt, before ders the glaring light much more fup. the furious bird had begun his intended portable; the other thick and close, with repast. He had carried the child there, which they shut their eyes entirely. By by sticking his talons in his cloaths only. this means he rises to that prodigious
Sharpness of sight is also a quality of height so astonishing to the beholder, the eagle, which fets him above all other birds. He seems even to be fenfible of The eagle thus prepar'd to mount the sky, 2. that advantage, and to preserve it in his To the fun's orb undazzl'd turns his eye, species. As soon as his young begin to And spurns the ground with awful dig. have strength, he turns them towards the
nity; fun, and makes them fix their eyes upon Exulting in his pride, he's pleas'd to view it; and if any one cannot bear the heat The feather'd tribe admiring where he flew. and force of the rays, he chaces him With failing strength they tempt the wonfrom the nest, as if he judged him un- ; d'rous height, worthy of his protection and affiftance; But faint beneath the radiant load of light; but attaches himself to the rest with re. While he alone enjoys the sovereign sway, markable affection, even to the exposing Alone supports the fun's encreasing ray, his own life to preserve them, and fight. And joyous revels in the blaze of day. J ing obstinately against all those who would
Martins Timoleon, take them from him. He is seen flutterIng in various ways, round his nest, to The eagle sometimes carries his flight teach them to fly. He takes them after in the regions of the air to such an imward on his back, carries chem higher at mense height, as to vanish from our fight, different times, quits them in the middle notwithstanding his bulk and the length of his course, in order to prove them; and, of his wings, which, when stretched out, if he perceives that they cannot as yet are nine feet and more from the tip of support themselves alone, and that they one wing to the other; and from the exare in danger of falling, he darts himself tremity of the bill to that of the tail, the below them with the greatest rapidity, distance is three feet and upwards. Boc. and receives them again on his back, be- hart tells us that this bird lives a century, tween his wide expanded wings. He is and encreases in bulk to his death. If the only bird in whom nature has instilled this be true, we may credit the relation of Athenæus, who says that eagles were there was an eagle's nest found between carried by way of ornament at the triumph Misena and Dresden, in which were three of Prolemy, whose wings were 20 cubits young ones. This bird was always long; but we are in some doubt, notwith- reckoned a good omen. The story of the ftanding, as to the truth of this point. eagle's nest with seven young ones, which From the stupendous swiftness of this Marius pretended fell into his robe as he bird, he has had the highest honours paid was one day in the country, is well him by the poets. He is the armour-bearer known; from whence he inferred, he of Jupiter, and is painted at the end of his should seven times be poffefred of the fuscepter. Ganymede was carried off by an preme power in Rome. This Plutarch eagle to serve the gods with nectar ; and thinks was not true ; because, as is the eagle always conveyed the souls of above-mentioned, he says the eagle never heroes to heaven. Many other fables lays but two eggs before the fits upon might be related to the same purpose. and hatches them. The eagle was so high. · The hand of Providence is particularly ly esteemed among the ancients, that it remarkable in the formation of the eagle's was a great mark of respect to be called eye; for besides the two eye-lids, the eye by that name. After the engagement beitself is very ftrong, and he can discover tween Demetrius's general Pantauchús his prey at a great diftance. This is taken and Pyrrhus, the Epirots called the latter notice of in the excellent book of Job: eagle: to which he replied, " By your “She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, means it is that I am an eagle ; for how op the crag of the rock, and on the strong should I not be such, while I am borne place: from thence she seeketh her prey, up by your arms as on wings ?" Plutarch, and her eyes behold afar off. Job xxxix. in the life of Ariftides, says, that kings 28, 29.
and tyrants are fonder of the title of eagle, "It is agreed among all the learned and or vulture, than the appellation of the critics, that every ten years he renews his jus, as Aristides was called ; meaning, as strength and youth. His feathers at the we suppore, that the former are more end of every such period become more like to themselves in rapacity and cruelheavy, and less proper for fight. He ty. then approaches nearer the fun than usual; In Africa they reckon seven sorts of and after being excessively heated, he eagles, all differing in size, shape, and plunges immediately into the fea; his colour. It is probable there are more ; feathers fall off, and new ones supply their for at the Cape alone are four, which auplace, which restore him to his former thors particularly describe. The first is ftrength. It is this, which perhaps David fimply called the eagle, of the ignoble intended to express in these words: “Thy kind, from their feeding upon fish and youth shall be renewed like that of the dead animals; the second is the duck. eagle." lobo
eagle, whose prey is chiefly ducks; the Ælian attributes to him a peculiar in third is termed the bone-breaking-eagle, ftin&t of gratitude. If he may be relied from their carrying up the land-tortoises a on, that eagle which Pyrrhus had brought great height into the air, and letting them up, and which followed him every where, fall to break their shells; and the fourth was so sensible of the death of that illur: the sea-eagle, from living always near trious warrior, that he would not quit his that element. Others add a fifth fort of body, or receive any nourishment: and eagles, called dung-birds; who, if they another threw himself into the pile where find an ox or cow laid down, fall upon the corpse of him, who had kept him till the beast in great numbers, make a hole that moment, was burning. Plutarch, in in the belly of it with their bills and tathe life of Numa, relates, that Pythago- lons, and perfectly scoop out the inside ras had so far tamed an eagle, that upon of it, leaving but a bare skeleton covered his pronouncing certain words, it would with the hide. stop in its flight, and come down to him. In Virginia are three sorts of eagles. He also, in the life of Marius, says, the The largest is called the grey eagle ; the eagle never lays more than two eggs at a second is the bald eagle; for the body time: but in this, it Mould seem, he must and part of the neck being of a dark have been mistaken; for Ruysch tells us, brown, the upper part of the neck and head is covered with a white fort of down,' down it, to view the fishing-hawk; for which makes it look as if it was bald, when they see this bird has struck a fish, from whence it is so named. The third is immediately they take wing; and it is the black eagle, resembling most the Eu- sometimes very pleasant to observe the ropean eagle. They build their neft most flight; for when the fishing-hawk pertimes at the top of some old tree, naked of ceives herself pursued, she will scream and boughs, and near the river side. The peo- make a terrible noise, till at length the ple generally fell the tree when they take lets fall the fish to make her own escape, the young. They are frequently observed which the eagle frequently catches before fitting by some tall tree near a river, it reaches the earth or water. whence they may have a prospect up and
HISTORY OF CANADA. (Continued.] Anno T was lucky for the French co- governor-general, the bishop of Petrza, 1663. lony, that the Iroquois did not apoftolical vicar in New France, Mr. Rotake advantage of the consternation bert, intendant, and four counsellors to be which the earthquake bad produced : but named by these three gentlemen, changethey themselves were terrified by the same able at their pleasure ; there was likewise visitation. They, moreover, received fe- a procureur-general, and a principal no• veral petty checks from some other Indian tary. The number of counsellors, how. nations; and the small-pox had made ever, was augmented in the sequel. The great ravages among their cantons. For council was held every Monday at the these reasons, they were more than ever palace, where the intendant refided ; and disposed to peace, and sent deputies to there justice was adminiftred according to Montreal with very advantageous pro- the laws of France. To this, there were posals : but the negotiation was interrup- three subordinate tribunals, established at ted by a report spread among the Indians, Quebec, Trois Rivieres, and Montreal, that a great number of forces was arrived each composed of a lieutenant-general, from France at Quebec, the governor of private lieutenant, and king's procureur, which was on the point of taking the with a secretary, and proper officers. field to exterminate all the tribes of the [An. 1664.) During these transactions, Iroquois. The bishop of Petræa bad in the Iroquois repeated their incursions with deed returned to Quebec, accompanied by various success : but, in the course of this M. de Mesy, whom the king had sent over fucceeding year, they sent another deputato succeed the baron d'Avangour, in the go- tion to Quebec, in order to effect a pacifivernment of Canada, together with a small cation. These met with a cool reception body of troops, and the Sieur Gaudais as from the new governor, who was elated commiffary, to take poffeffion of that with the consciousness of his own strength, whole country for the French king, to and, in all probability, had resolved to en, whom the company had transferred the fave, or exterminate those hostile Indian
property of it; and the new governor , nations. If this was really his design, two had also brought over about one hundred incidents prevented it from succeeding. families of settlers, and some officers of The Englich became masters of New Bel. justice. This commissary having taken the gia, and called it New York; so that the oath of fidelity of all the inhabitants, be- Iroquois, as their allies, were better fup. gan to regulate the police, and establish ported than they had beer by the Hollanrules for a more regular adminiftration of ders; and the council of Canada began to justice. Hitherto, the governor-general be distracted by diffenfions, which arose had acted as supreme jufticiary; and in all between the new governor de Mery, and important affairs convoked a kind of coun- the bishop of Petræa, by whose interest de cil, composed of the Great Seneschal of Mery had been promoted This last was a New France, the chief ecclefiaftic of the man of a violent temper, who could not country, and some of the principal inha- brook the authority which the clergy had bitants : but the council was not per- assumed in Canada ; and the bishop would manent, until the king assumed the go- not bate an inch of the footing they had vernment of it into his own hands. He gained. Mutual complaints and recri. nov established a council composed of the mination were preferred to Mr, Colbert,