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LOSS OF THE BROOM FIRE-SHIP.
“QAnd each man with whom you con. “ Several witnesses to character werecalled. verse would suppose you to belong to the “ Messrs Creevey, Cochrane, and Cobbett, same party to which he himself belongs ? General Ferguson, Mr Grant, Mr Wishart, A. Of course if he did not know me. and Mr Paul Methuen, severally spoke to
" Q. Have you ever conversed with the the Prisoner's character. Prisoner at the Bar ? A. I have.
“ The Prisoner being called upon for his “Q. On what occasion ? A. The Prisoner defence, said, he threw himself upon the had made a speech, which I understood as mercy of the Court. He was willing to rean attack on a Great Person, and I told him tract any thing he had ever said-solemnly I thought it was a fine speech.
denied that he had meant any thing disre“Q. What answer did the Prisoner make? spectful to Mr Ponsonby by calling him an A. He said, It was a very fine speech. old woman, and saw nothing in the charac
“Q. Did you make any other observatiin? ter of old women that should make it a A. I said, I thought he (the Prisoner) ouylit matter of reproach to be likened to one of to be Leader ; and asked him, in confidence, that respectable and valuable class of so-, what he thought of Mr Ponsonby, ciety.
“ Q. What did he answer? A. He said “The Jury, after a very long deliberation, Mr Ponsonby was an old woman, and ought found the Prisoner Guilty, but recommend to be turned to the right about.
ed him to mercy, on the ground of his have “ Cross-cxamined by Mr Abercrombie.
ing vilified the Prince Regent. . But his “ Mr Abercrombie.—Put down your Jury, that he should not transmit this re
Lordship, from the Bench, acquainted the hat, Sir, and answer my questions.
“Q. You have had the good fortune, I bea commendation. He would, however, postlieve, Mr Douglas, to have belonged to
pone passing sentence till the end of the
Sessions.” every party in the State ? A. I cannot quite say that I have not been long in The knowledge of naval affairs, dispublic life, but I have been tolerably indis- played in the following account of a criminate in my connexions.
sea-fight, would do credit even to a “Q You told the Prisoner that you wish
secretary of the admiralty. ed to see him Leader ? A. I did.
" Q. Now I ask you, upon your oath, PAILURE OF THE BUCCANEERS, AND whether you did not tell Mr Vansittart that you thought him a mischievous firebrand ?
March 1816. A. I did, but that was last Session.
“Q. Has any inducement been held out to “ It is with the liveliest satisfaction that you to inform against the Prisoner ? A. I we announce to the public the failure of the do not understand the question.
above enterprize, and the total destruction “Q. I ask you, upon your oath, whether of the Broom fire-ship, in an action in St you expect any advantage from informing Stephen's Bay, during the night of Wednes. against the Prisoner ? A. (after some day, the 20th instant. This Buccanner ex. pause) I do not
pedition was destined for a coup de main "Q You have no promise or expectation against the royal arsenals in Treasury Har. of place or preferment held out to you by bour, which they intended to plunder and the Prosecutor or his friends ? A i do burn, if they could not keep permanent posnot deny that I have an expectation or pro. session of them. mise.
"Up to the above-mentioned day the fleet “Q. Then I ask the witness how he dare had proceeded with apparent success, under affirm that he expects no advantage from the command of the Ponsonby fag-ship, an the information he has giveu ? A. I beg to old hulk fitted up for the occasion : it constate, that I see no inconsistency at all. I sisted principally of the Tierney hired trader, have a promise, but little or no expectation; the Wynne, armed en flute, the Monck, a every body knows that promises of this na- North country collier, the Milton, a heavy ture are not always fulfilled.
lugger, the Curwen tender, the Broom fire "Q. What place were you promised ? A. ship, the Gordon bum-boat, accompanied Clerk of the Kitchen.
by some other Callcraft. “Q. Was that the place you applied for ? " On Monday the 18th, they had gained A. No, I wished to be Secretary of State. a considerable advantage over a squadron of
“Q. What answer was made to this wish? revenue cutters, led by the Vansitiart, which A. That there were already sixteen candi. they defeated in Property Roads, by the as. dates for Secretaryships of State, (exlusivesistance of a fleet of country ships, whom of Mr B. Gordon, and Mr P. Moore) and they decoyed to their aid by hoisting false that I had no chance.
colours. The Vansittart, however, we are “ Case for the prosecution closed. happy to say, was not much damaged by the
" The Prisoner attempted to set up an a- action, and though driven to the Straights libi, by the waiter of the Exchequer Coffee for the moment, will soon be refitted in the house, but failed, it being clearly proved London Docks. This partial success seems that he had spoken thirty-two times, on the to have emboldened the Buccanners, and in night on which he alleged he was absent some degree to have hastened their defeat, from the House.
by relaxing the discipline of the squadron.
They began to disregard the signals of the the Ponsonby, and many quarrels arose
TO MR TOBIAS BRANDE, OF BIGMUD. about the future distribution of their cap
DY, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES. tured booty. On the evening of the 20th,
" No 5, Bearbinder-lane, as they were standing on under easy sail,
the 3d day of the 4th month. the Methuen, an empty vessel, leading the Fay, the Broom fire-ship insisted upon run.
“ FRIEND TOBIAS,—Thou hast oftenning in to blow up Fort Regent: the Pon. times enjoined me to send thee some partisonby flag-ship remonstrated against the at
culars concerning the persons who are called tempt, alleging that they should only lose the Opposition in this country, and whom time by it; that the defences of Fort Re. thou rightly considerest as better friends to gent were strong, and they were sure of be. the States than any federalist between Blowing repulsed ; that it would create an alarm, ing-Fly-Creek and Passamaquoddy Bay. and raise the country people against them;
That I may be the better enabled to com. and that it would be better to wait till they ply with thy injunction, I have
posted myhad got possession of Treasury Harbour, self from day to day in the gallery of the and then they might demolish Fort Regent Parliament House, and have collected by at their leisure. The Broom, however, re- inquiries from others, and my own observa. lying upon her store of combustibles, and tion, much curious information, of which particularly the quantity of brimstone she I will now, God willing, inpart to thee a had taken on board, disobeyed orders, and portion. setting all sail, stoed right in upon Port Re
“ Thou first inquirest what are the num. gent, blazing away on all sides. It was bers of the Opposition: of this matter I soon observed, however, that her fire was ill cannot tell thee more, than that I have seen directed, and that more of her shot hit her their numbers vary from three to twentyfriends than the Fort, and the rest of the three or thereabouts. On the very last fleet therefore hauled off, and stood aloof night I was there, their muster-roll was the from her, contenting themselves with cheer. strongest, amounting to twenty-one in a ing her as she bore down in her attack. lump or compact body, and some two or · The mistake made by the Broom now
three stragglers at the bar. became manifest : a tremendous cannonade
“ As for their persons and appearance, was opened upon her ; she tried to manau,
which thou requirest me to describe, it may vre to get out again, but failed; she missed suffice that I tell thee, that they very much stays, and mismanaged her royals, and she resemble an equal number of Members of was soon so dreadfully cut up that she lay Congress. Thou wouldst say that I spoke like a log upon the water. At this time a
from prejudice and partial affection, if I fresh fire was opened upon her flank by the
were to affirm what doth nevertheless apMartello tower on the Banks, supported by pear to me that on the whole they were a detachment from the Saintes, and this not quite so well favoured. completely silenced her.
" "They call a short and squattish gentle. "The night was now so far advanced as man of the name of Ponsonby, their Lead. to put an end to the engagement. The er-but my mind misgives me if there be Bmum was now seen lying in a pitiable con
not more than one half who are loth to fol. dition. Her friends, however, determined low him. The leader is, as verily he ought to make an attempt to get her off, and about
to be, a very cautious guide, and rarely five in the afternoon, the Ponsonby sheer. propoundeth he any thing which can be hulk, and the Tierney hired trader, accom
contradicted or objected to. There is so panied by the Bennet convict-ship, and the much sameness and discretion in his style, Gordon bum-boat, came down into St. Ste. that I can enable thee to judge of any quanphen's Bay, in order to try to tow her out. tity of it by a small sample. Discoursing The Broom, however, would not answer the of a treaty of peace, quoth the Leader - I helm, was found quite unmanageable, and
cannot pronounce any opinion upon this although she seemed to float for a moment, treaty, Mr Speaker, until I have read it. yet a well-directed fire, which was instantly No one has a right, Mr Speaker, to call on poured into her from Castle-Ray, laid her
me for an opinion upon this treaty until I upon her beam ends again.
have read it. This treaty cannot be printe " What is now to become of her we have ed and in the hands of Members before no means of guessing; whether they will Tuesday next at noon-and then, and not attempt to get her under way with a jury until then, Mr Speaker, will' 1, for one, rigging, or appropriate her to the press. We
form my opinion-upon this treaty. l'am know not. It seems certain that all the cap- to be." Here he
pauseth, and raising his
not such a fool as I am generally supposed tains of the other ships would object to her ever being again brought forward in the line spectacles with his hand, and poising them of battle."
dexterously on his forehead, he looketh stea. Fearing the Broughamites to weep
dily at the Speaker for some moments. Over these personal attacks on their callest hinn) hath more weight, I think,
1. Whitbread (not Whitebread, as thou gentle idol, we direct their attention than the Leader. He is a very boisterous to a mild and simple letter from an and lengthy speaker, and strongly remindAmerican quaker :
eth mc of Bully Pycroft of Kentacky, whom
thou knowest, though he is inferior to Py. “ There is also a Mr I. Grant, a swaggercroft in taste aud elegance.
ing man, but in my mind a vapid speaker. * There is a man of the name of Tierney, He seemeth well contented with hiinself, one not of many words, but who appeareth but on this and other matters holding strange to me mighty shrewd and sensible. I will doctrines, wherein he standeth alone. wager a dollar that that is an honest man,' “ I have heard many questions put very said 1, one evening, to my neighbours in genteelly by a Mr Bennet, an honourable ; the gallery ; upon which they all cried who is in my mind mighty well bred, . done,' and laughed very heartily: I know though he distigureth himself by wearing a not why.
green wig. He is attentive to business, and “ These three, together with a small Ba- hath lately discovered a mistake of three ronet from Ireland, of a most cantanckerous farthings in an account of thirty millions : turn, and a Member from Scotland, chiefly but he somewhat surprised me by calling remarkable for bis silken small-clothes and the Sceretary at War (the Munro of this hose, call they the great guns.'
country) his hononrabls friend and a very “ I will now speak to thee of some of the infamous man, in the same breath. smaller fry, who, nevertheless, consider “ He hath a brother elder in years, but themselves just as big as their betters, and less in stature than herself, who rarely walk up to their seats in the Parliament speaketh, the which I attribute to his hav. House with huge bundles of papers under ing held an important office of the state, their arıns, with great solemnity.
which hath taught him to be wise and keep “ I must first tell thee of my friend, Mr silence. I know not more of his office, than Will Martin, with whom I have formed an that the insignia thereof consisted of a staff acquaintance, and in whose company I take or stick many feet longer than him who great delight. I dined with him at the bore it. chophouse last Wednesday, and, to say the “ I must not forget the mention of Sir truth, found him a man after my own kid- Charles Monck, whom I reckon a merry ney. As a public speaker, he is chiefly no- and facetious jester. He hath kept the ticed for a strange habit, that whenever he whole House in a state of merriment upopeneth his mouth, he taketh that opportu. wards of three quarters of an hour, by read. nity of closing his eyes.
ing an ancient missal respecting something « There is one Mr Gordon, a middle- which he called the Order of the Bath. He aged gentleman with a grave visage, who was, however, despite of his jests, grievoushath an appropriate but unseemly, cogno- ly disposed to blame an addition of forty men, which, as thou wilt probably shew marks to the salary of a deputy messenger, my letter to thy wife, I will impart to thee which he said was a violation of the constic in a postscript.
tution, and a discharge of the subjects of “ Í must not forget a dainty young gen, the realm from their allegiance; and such tleman of the name of Lambton, who de- is the wretched state of the finances of this claimeth in a very peculiar style. I know country, that this worthy country Member not whether there be more of oil in his de protested he did not know where the forty portment, or of vinegar in his tongue. I marks were to come from. must indulge thee from my memorandum * Lastly, let me name to thee a younge book with a specimen of this youth. Speak. ster, who hath been mistaken for a wit in ing one day of the Congress and the Kings foreign parts, by the name of North Doug at Vienna, saith hem. What, Sir! shall a las. He seemeth to belong to no party, and club of congregated cannibals feed on the yet willing to belong to all. He is a for: carcasses of unoffending Europe ? What, ward and frequent speaker--remarkable for Sir! shall his Majesty's Ministers, a set of a graceful inclination of the upper part of profligate and perjured swindlers, retain his body, in advance of the lower, and their seats in the Cabinet when they ought speaketh, I suspect, (after the manner of an to be drawn and quartered without a trial! ancient) with pebbles in his mouth. He As for Lord Castlereagh, Sir, I thank my hath a strange custom, when speaking, of God three times a-day that the noble and holding his hat in one hand, and smoothing insullied blood of the Lambtons is not pol. the felt of it with the other, the which made luted by any admixture with that of the me at the first entertain a ludicrous notion plebeian Stewarts.' Thou must admit that that he was recommending the hat to the these are hard words, and yet delivered he Speaker, and exhorting him to purchase it. them with so much composure and good. " I must now bid thee farewell, but I humour, and to all outward appearance so have much more to communicate thee. little moved was he by the spirit, that I Thy friend, EZEKIAL GRUBB." conjecture he was by no means in eamest, but perchance a secret partisan of the Mi- We conclude our extracts from this nistry:
the more so as Mr Chancellor Van amusing volume, with some geogradeclamation ; and Friend Martin whispered phical intelligence, which, in the preme, that the jackanapes," as merrily he sent age of discovery, cannot fail to be called him, did his own party more harm highly interesting to all : than good.'
“ GEOGRAPHICAL INTELLIGENCE. “ The island of Francisco, called by the « The Friendless Islands.
natives Boor-dec-too..This island is no
thing but a mountain, and is very barren April 11, 1816.
and unproductive. It derived its first name “ A vessel just arrived round about from from Jacobine Monk, who was the first misNew Holland has brought an account of sionary in those parts: he came round Cape this interesting cluster of islands, which had Horn, and as long as a communication on hitherto been little noticed by former cir- that side remained, the island was pretty cumnavigators. By some they have been well supplied ; since that has been cut off, mistaken for the Ladrones, but these are the people have been obliged to betake DOW ascertained to be exactly the antipodes themselves to hunting ; but, from want of of England, and to lie precisely opposite to early habit, are, but awkward in that purthe Cape of Good Hope. The following suit. They are an extremely disorderly are the most remarkable of the group: and turbulent race, though mild in their
Tzaddk Pom-son-boo. the principal of manners and appearance. An old and the cluster, is very flat and uninteresting, strange account of this island is to be found but it is one of the richest of the whole, in the Harleian Miscellany. having an annual revenue of £4000 of our “ Yan-kee, supposed by some to be money, which it derives from its dexterity Behring's island, is evidently peopled by a in catching a species of Great Seal. separate race, who have, as the name im
“ Teer-nee, or Juggler's Island. The ports, the strongest affinity to the Americharacter of this varies so much according to cans. These are the ugliest race of the the side on which it is seen, that those who whole, and the sounds they utter, as lanhave viewed it only on one side would hard- guage, are hardly articulate. ly know it again when they approach it on “ Hoo-too-she-poo-coc-a-too-hub-hub-boo, the other. The people are a shrewd, cun- or the island of Coarse Broom, which, it ning race, famous for their expertness in seems, is the meaning of this long and legerdemain. They are, however, much strange name. A most singular instance of distrusted by their neighbours, and it is a mirage was observed on first approaching proverb in these islands, when they wish to this island ; its great promontory, or, in the express strongly the hopelessness of a search, sailors' language, its ness or nose, appeared to say, “You might as well look for truth to vibrate from one side to the other in a in Teernee,' just as we talk of looking for a manner which the captain of the vessel Deedle in Hyde-Park.
could only compare to the waving of an ele“ Taf-fee Wyn-nel. This is a most dis- phant's snout. This island is extremely mal island, being much infested with screech, mountainous in its interior : it is subject to owls, and the discordant noise perpetually the most violent tornadoes; but it is remark produced it by these birds, combined with able, that frequent as these storms of wind the hoarse eroaking of a number of ravens, and thunder are, they are never accompa, who also infest it, remind one of fabulous nied by a single flash of lightning. The stories of the stymphalides and harpies. people are the most rude and rough of any Mariners are recommended, when coming of these tribes, and are indeed little better Dear it, to adopt (though for a contrary rea- than intelligent baboons, whom they much son) the precaution of Ulysses, and to stuff resemble in face and shape : they are ex. their ears with cotton while they remain in ceedingly mischievous ; and they are little its neighbourhood. There is such a surf liked by the other islanders. With many breaks on its harbour-mouth, that one can of their neighbours they are in a state of seldom approach it without being covered perpetual war, and they have an old and very arid and unproductive, and the people proportion to their ignorance ; they have are a diminutive and dwindled race, very many pretended prophets among them, to mischievous and passionate, as all dwarfs whose predictions they listen with the utare.
deadly feud with the new Hollanders. “ Patelo, or Booby's Island. The in. They do not venture indeed openly to at. habitants of this are a singular race. They tack such formidable opponents, but lose no are very low in the scale of intellectual bes opportunity of making an incursion upon ings, but yet have all the vanity of an in the Hollanders when they think they can telligent people. They are so little to be do so unperceived and with impunity. depended upon, that they will address you "" Bum-mee may easily be distinguished one day as a friend, and attack you the next by its spherical, lumpish form, and the ab. as an enemy. Strangers are advised to have sence of any prominent features. The naas little to do with these people as possible; gives are supposed to be descended from and from their extreme dulness, the scanti. some Hottentot emigration, as the distinness of their resources, and captious temper, guishing mark of that race is plainly to be there is little inducement to hold any inter. recognised in the countenance of these course with them and indeed their sole islanders : they also resemble the Hottensupport is derived from petty war: their tots in this, that they seldom make their hair is short and curly-their features with appearance in public without smearing out the least expression-their countenances themselves all over with butter. very grave and unmeaning, and they dress “ Jon-nee, called by the Portuguese Por.. themselves very gaudily with a profusion of to Novo, or Wasp's Islet, is full of the irparrots' feathers. This contrast of solem ritable and mischievous insects from which nity and foppery is very ridiculous. it derives its name.
This little island is
most avidity, and they never seem to place “ Ben-nee-too is the Botany-Bay of the less implicit confidence in the last new proFriendless Islands : the shores are covered phecy, because they have seen all former with a light foam, which is the only subsist- ones falsified by events :-Religion, proper. ence of the natives. Naturalists have not ly speaking, they have none; and as to yet determined what this curious substance their morals and manners, the less that is (if substance it can be called) is : in look it said about them the better. They have, resembles the froth of small beer.
however, some singular notions of a former “ Kur-wee-nee, or the Hermit's Island. and future state. They believe that their The inhabitants call themselves Christian ; race formerly occupied some pleasant seats but if good morals are requisite for that de- on the other side of a large table or mounsignation, they are said to have but little tain, which is in sight of their present apretensions to the name. They are a tall, bodes : that they were driven out of them swarthy, ill-favoured race; tolerably skil. for some misdeeds by the Great Breath, ful in agriculture, and particularly in grow at the secret instigation of their evil genius ing rapeseed.
Mumbo-Jumbo, whom they represent as an “ Craf-cal-lee. The inhabitants of this elderly figure, with flowing white curls and island have a general resemblance to those dark bushy eyebrows, clothed all in black, of Pavlo; they are indeed somewhat more and seated upon a fiery red throne, in shape intelligent, and their disposition to chance somewhat resembling a great woolpack; and arises not from imbecillity of intellect, as they fondly cherish a hope, encouraged by with the latter, but from a very careful cal. the predictions of their prophets, that some culation of their own interests : they are day or other, when they shall have under. great observers of the weather, and shift gone sufficient penance in their present ha. their places according to the appearances of bitations, they are to be restored to those the sky. Those of Pawlo, on the contrary, happy seats. But the most intelligent de fickle as they are in other respects, never mong them secretly ridicule this expecta. change their old seats. It is related that tion; and are well aware that however these two islands were formerly very close such a notion may keep alive the hope and to one another; but that Craf-cal-lee, which promise of amendments, little real improve. is a kind of Australasiatic Delos, has lately ment is to be expected from tribes. which shifted to a position, whence, as tradition rate so very low in the scale of intellect and goes, it had before moved.
“ There is a remarkable island, to which the natives have given the name of Rat-tee, So much for the prose of this amuse of New-comer, but which our sailors, in ing little volumewe shall give some Island. It is said to have but recently specimens of the poetry in an early made its appearance in this group, and is
Number. Some of the verses are exsupposed to be a volcanic creation : this hy. ceedingly lively—even biting. We pothesis is confirmed by the general striated venture to assert, that the Whigs in appearance of the surface, and by the con- general will pretend never to have tinuance, even at present, of a constant e. heard of this volume at all, -while, ruption. It has hitherto been entirely un. perhaps some of the more sagacious setuled ; several parties have tried it, but will maintain, that we have given fanone have quite ventured to trust themselves bricated extracts from an imaginary te it, for fear it should suddenly disappear book. It is only a few weeks back from under them, like the island which appeared some years ago in the
neighbourhood since they ventured to doubt the exof the Azores. It produces no vegetable istence of Dr Morris of Aberystwith, but scurvy-grass.
and attributed to one of our reviewing “ There are various others of smaller brethren the composition of “ Peter's note, making in all the number of about Letters to his Kinsfolk.” It is very forty or fifty.
well to speak thus but let any one of “ The government of these islands is a Federal Republic, of which Twaddlo Poon. stable's Magazine, try to play off a
the Somnambulists who haunt Consoneboo is the nominal head; but in point of fact, they all set up pretty much for trick of that kind, and he will find themselves, and they seem to have no great how much easier it is to review a book relish for any regular government at all: than to write one. But now for the like all savages, the people are credulous in King of the Cockneys !