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Emily, who saw that her companion was im- , ter, bitter pang, that now we must part for patient under the ill-timed recollections of poor ever! Yes, Emily, in this moment of terror, old Margaret, availed herself of the threaten the sweetest, yet the saddest of my life, I must ing appearance of the clouds, to shorten their be allowed to speak to you-to say all
, and visit; so with an assurance to the old woman then !_Emily, I love you! — deeply, fondly love of visiting her soon again, they took their leave, you !-nay, do not stop me now—when I have and left the cottage.
said this, I have said all. You know my faith They were nearly two miles distant from is plighted to another ;-I have been rash—imthe Priory, and Ponsonby observing the fast prudent-against my will unfaithful. Bat disincreasing darkness, and feeling the sulphurous honourable or unprincipled, I cannot and I will oppression of the air, began to fear that the not be- I cannot offer you my heart; worthless storm would break before they could reach its as it is, it is the property of another, although shelter. He would have urged Emily to strike filled with your image alone. Hers it is to across the wood, as affording a nearer path, but keep, or to reject; but faithless, rebellious as just when about to propose this measure, the it is, it cannot be a gift for you. I now most first flash of lightning broke from the clouds, lay it open to that injured one. Oh that I had and be thought it safer to keep the open fields, never seen her, or seen bat ber alone!" Be even at the risk of exposure to the coming paused, overcome with contending feelings rain. Emily was no coward, but the rattling he looked at Emily, but her countenance ex peal of thunder which immediately followed pressed no recoiling horror-there was no cold the vivid flash, declared how alarmingly close disdain in her tearful eyes ; she still clang to the danger was, and clinging, pale and breath him with confiding tenderness, and though she loss, to her companion, she felt the blessing of wept, they did not seem bitter tears. He having such an arm to support her trembling clasped to his heart: he felt he was besteps. “ Lean on me, dearest Emily," said | loved, and tasted for a moment the deepest bliss Ponsonby; “ try to hasten your steps; if you this world has to bestow. can reach the old barn at the end of the field, It was but for a moment- the next he alit will afford you shelter from the rain;" and most thrust her from him. “Oh, Emily ! do they quickened their pace with this hope. But not look upon me thus, or I shall be a villain *** now the clouds burst at once over their heads, and he tore himself shuddering from her arms the rain descended in torrents, and when they At this moment, the voice of Mr. Devereux reached the old barn, they found that all the was heard approaching them, and Ponsonby protection they could gain was from the outer hailed it as that of his guardian angel. Too wall, for the door was fastened so securely as much agitated to speak, he placed Emily in her to resist all Harry's most powerful attempts at father's arms, and was hastily retreating, when forcing an entrance. In vain he led her to the his guardian caught him by the arm. What most sheltered side of the wall, the violence of has happened, Harry?" inquired the anxious the gale made it impossible for him to screen father; "are either of you hurt?"-—But still her from the drenching rain, and Ponsonby receiving no reply, he looked more suspicious saw with dismay, her light garments wetly at the conscious pair-the truth appeared through, and clinging to her slender form. to burst upon him—“Go, young man," said he,
In a moment he stripped off his coat, in spite in a tone of displeasure—“ go and order the of Emily's entreaties to desist, and holding it carriage here--it is well for some that it is at between her and the blast, he placed himself as no great distance, for neither of you seem very a further shelter against its fury. At length able for much exertion. It will be well also to came a flash of such startling brightness, that assume a little more composure before reach Emily clung to her companion with convulsive ing home ; for there is one waiting your arrifear, and Ponsonby hiinself was thoroughly val who may as little comprehend your present alarmed. He drew the trembling and almost agitation as I do. Emily, your cousin is.come lifeless girl to his bosom, and gazing earnestly and Mrs. Hartley's carriage now waits for on her pale face, he conjured her to open her you.” Ponsonby waited to hear no more. eyes and look at him!—to speak to him if but Darting from his guardian, he beckoned for the a word !--for her silence and death-like pale: carriage to attend them, and plunging into the ness had filled him with unutterable terror.-wood, he took a path which led him in an op "Emily! you are not hurt ?-you are only posite direction to the Priory. frightened? Ob say so, dearest! speak to me The rain had now ceased; the blue sky ap if it be but a word!"_" No, I am not hurt, and peared once more, and the last rays of the selI ought not to be frightened," said the still ting sun were reflected from a thousand sparktrembling girl; “but, dearest Harry, that flashling gems, which bent the heavy branches to --that awful Aash! it seemed to fall so fright- the ground. But the unhappy Ponsonby beedfully near to where you stood. Oh, God! if it ed not the beauty of the sky, nor yet the wet had fallen on you!"-—and she looked up at him ness of the tangled wood through which he with an expression of tenderness and anguish forced his way. To remove from Stokely
, that thrilled to his inmost soul. “Emily, dear and from all it contained, was the only distinct est Emily! and was it for me you feared'? and feeling of his heart. Yet the freshness of the would you have regretted me-would you have air, and the fragrance of the woods, allayed by grieved for me had I been taken from you – degrees the feper of his mind, and cooled his then grieve for me--then pity me now! Oh, burning brow. He reached a summer-house Emily! believe me that the stroke which would in the furthest part of the wood, and resolved have laid me at your feet-which would have purchased for me those precious tears, would with Emily should be over. He could not bear
lo remain there, until all chance of meeting be less terrible than what I now feel,—the bit- I the thought of seeing together the two beingo
whom on earth he had best loved and most known feature, and clasped to his heart his deeply injured.
only love--his first loved-last loved Emily. Many were the agitating thoughts which The moon was high in the heavens before tortured the brain of Ponsonby during this ans. Emily and her lorer recollected the hour. It ious interval; but none of them was so painful was the sound of music in the drawing-room as the recollection of the earnest persuasion, that first drew their attention. " It is my cou. by which he overcame the reluctant timidity sin singing to her father," said Emily; " and of his young and gentle Emily, and forced from now, Harry, you shall see for the first time this her a promise of being his, and his alone; and dreaded Emily, of whom, poor innocent thing, this too without the permission of her uncle. we have made such a cat's-paw; but it was all He well remembered that this promise was my uncle's doing, and I believe he did it as mutual, and could he hesitate a moment to per much to punish us for our fault as to prove our forin his part in it?--No! he hated himself for affection."-" Thank God, the punishment and the very thought; and rose, determined that the probation have ended both so happily,” exthe night should not close until all had been claimed Harry. “Oh, Emily, with what unconfessed to her who held his plighted faith. mingled pleasure shall I now listen to those As he drew nigh to the Priory, he was
sweet words, thankful that the deepening twilight would
· Et l'on revient toujours, toujours conceal in some degree his agitation; but still A ses premieres amours !' reluctant to enter, he sought a momentary respite by passing into an adjoining shrubbery, which surrounded the house. A glass-door from the drawing-room opened upon a little
From the London Magazine. lawn, fringed on both sides with flowering
STANZAS. shrubs, and Ponsonby knew that from this opening he could observe, whether the room was yet lighted up, or if the family were as- The sun is in the West, sembled there. All was dark within; but his
The stars are on the sea, attention was soon drawn to another quarter Each kindly hand I've pressid, by hearing the voice of Mr. Devereux in ear.
And now-farewell to thee! nest conversation with another person at no
Our cup of parting's done, great distance; in the next moment he saw the
'Tis ihe darkest I can sip, Sgure of his guardian, with that of his now
And I've pledged them every one, dreaded Emily, at the end of the walk into
With my heart, and with my lip; which he was about to enter. Ponsonby hesi
But I came to thee the last lated for a moment whether he should ap
That in sadness we might throw proach them ; but hesitation came too late-he
One long look o'er the past saw that he was observed; for Emily, the just- Together,-ere I go. ly offended Emily, hastily pulled over her face a veil, which till then had been thrown back.
I met thee in my spring, "She dreads to look upon me," thought Harry;
When my heart was like the fily " perhaps she already knows how unworthy I
That on its airy wing am of her--but meet we must;" and without Sports the live-long summer by; farther delay he advanced towards the bench
I loved thee with the love upon which they were seated.
Of a wild, and burning boy, His guardian arose to meet him, and, with
Thy being was inwove
With my grief-and with my joy; more of emotion than of anger in his counte
Thou wert to me a star nance, held out his hand to the agitated young In the silence of the night,“ Harry,” said he," I am glad you have
A thing to see from far, come at last. Shame and self-reproach could
With a fear-and a delight. alone excuse your absence at such a time; but if you are forgiven here, I must not be obdu
The hour of joy is gone.rate. From this lady I have heard all-all
When man and man depart, that I ought to have heard from you long ago;
The deep-wrung hand alone but I will spare my reproaches; you have a
May tell the anguish'd heart; powerful advocate in her breast, whom it
No tear may stain the eye, would be in vain for me to gainsay. Take then
And their parting look must be the heart you gained in infancy—it has never
Like the stillness in the sky, wandered from you—and may God bless you
Ere the storm hath swept the sea : in each other!" With these words he took But when we say farewell the trembling hand of Emily, and placing it in
To her we love the best, that of Ponsonby, he left them there alone.
One bitter tear may swell “Emily! Miss Devereux! can you forgive
Nor shame the stoutest breast. me !" said Ponsonby in extreme agitation, as
I would not that my name raising the passive hand that lay in his, he put Should ever meet thine ear; it to his lips." Oh call me not by so cold a I have smiles for men's acclaim name,"exclaimed a voice which thrilled his soul For their censure, not a fear :with rapture. “Oh, Harry, forgive my part Nor would I, when thy home in this deception, and look upon me," said the Looks joyously, and bright, blushing girl, as she threw back the veil from That the thought of me should come her faco ; and Harry gazed upon each well- To sadden thy delight:
I would dwell a thing apart
islands, to be saved from the wreck, what opi. For thy spirit to descry,
nion could posterity form of the nations as to A brightness on thy heart,
the degree of civilization which they had alA shadow on thine eye.
tained, their policy, their religion, and their
arts?" We admit that were this imaginary When the wine cup circles round,
catastrophe to occur, a very inadequate estI will quaff it with the rest,
mate would be formed of the civilization, reli But thy name shall never sound
gion, and arts of the parent states; but still i At the revel, or the feast:
would be found, on a fair investigation of tbe But with him who shares my heart,
subject, that these must have been great, por When the banquet-hall is lone,
erful, and highly advanced in all the arts of In one deep cup, ere we part,
life ; and unless the beneficial traces of their We will pledge thee~lovely one! influence in the colonies were also swept away Thy name I'll murmur then
with European records, there would be abanWith a prayer, if heav'n allow,
dant evidence to show that large uncultivated To embrace thee once again
districts had been rendered productive, thai As close as I do now.
the arts of life had been promoted, that religioa Beloved one--farewell!
had established her benignant sway, that civili And tho' no hope be given,
zation had been set on foot among hordes o! Thy name shall be a spell,
naked barbarians, and that although the earlier To turn my thoughts to Heaven;
histories present too many scenes of horror, And thy memory to me,
yet the results have been gradually tending to What the dew is to the rose,
the welfare of those now considered most opIt shall come as gratefully
pressed. In short, we are convinced that there In the hour of my repose;
would be found much to admire, in spite of the It shall be-what it has been
regret which must be inseparable from the bis A lamp within a tomb
tory of negro slavery and of the ill-fated aboriTo burn-tho' all unseen,
gines. But as such destruction is at least imTo light,-tho' but a gloom.
probable, we must look at the real case, and me
shall find, that although, on a narrow view of When the shade is on thy dwelling, the question, there are few ennobling topics is And the murmur on thine ear,
the earlier periods, of late there has passed When the breeze is round thee swelling, much in the western hemisphere to command
And the landscape dark—and drear; our attention; and if there be little to rirs] When no lover is beside thee
the ages of chivalry, yet there are events which To flatter--and to smile,
illustrate great and solemn truths, and as such When there be none to guide thee, forcibly demand the consideration both of tbe And many to beguile,
philosopher and politician. In truth, the pol When wither'd is the token,
iical events of recent times so far transcend in And all unlink'd the chain,
magnitude and importance those of the earlier With a faith unwarp'd-unbroken, periods, as now to possess an overwhelming is I may kneel to thee again.
terest; and not contented with our school-boy recollections of Buccaneers or Bryan Edwards, wo seek to gratify our new wants by searching out other sources of information. Among the
first that have afforded us the means of sup From the Foreign Quarterly Reviero. plying our appetite, Baron Humboldt stands
without a rival, whether we consider the exHUMBOLDT'S CUBA.*
tent or the variety of his labours. His auIt has long been the fashion to consider the merous works are well known to the public; West Indies merely as a vast sugar garden, in them were first unveiled the mysteries of cultivated by slavery, and holding out nothing what may, in contradistinction to the United worthy of inquiry excepting the rapid acquisi- States, as well as to our actual knowledge of tion of wealth and the degrading influence of them, be termed the New Americas; and the bondage. A better knowledge of the subject Baron, pursuing his useful career, has lately gives a prodigious extension to these views, put forth a statistical account of the island of and the philosophic inquirer may trace in the Cuba, of which we shall give some account, as western world the history of man in his earliest well as of some of the most interesting topics stages. An ingenious and highly gifted con- connected with it. temporary has recently remarked, that “ Cuba was discovered by Columbus in his the history of Spain, and France, and Great first voyage, on the 28th of October, 1492, and Britain, to perish, as that of the early great was considered by him the island of Cipango, monarchies of the world has perished, and only which he had imagined to be in those seas these colonial annals, for the three centuries Shortly afterwards he discovered Haiti, and which have elapsed since the discovery of the although an enthusiastic admirer of his earlier
discovery, abandoned it for the extensive Essai Politique sur L'Isle de Cuba, par plains of La Vega, influenced probably by the Alexandre de Humboldt. Avec une carte, et expectation of finding the precious inetals in un Supplement qui renferme des Considera- greater abundance in the district of Cibao. It tions sur la Population et le Commerce de l'Ar. is a little singular that this great navigator chipel des Antilles et de Colombia. 2 tom. 8vo. should at last have remained satisfied with the Paris. 1826.
notion that Cuba was a portion of the Aurea
Chersonesus, and have never determined its count of the progress of our geographical insular character. Ocampo settled this point knowledge of Cuba, which is well worthy of in 1508, and about three years after, Velas. perusal. quez, with three hundred men, firmly esta- The importance of Cuba is to be estimated blished the Spanish authority, and became the ! (as shall be hereafter more fully shown) not first European governor-an office which he only from its extent, the fertility of its soil, retained until his death in 1524. From that richness of its productions, or the peculiar contime to the present day the island has remain stitution of its population, but from its geograed under the rule of Spain, with two short in- phical position and its magnificent harbours. tervals, when it was subdued by the British In point of extent, it is one-half larger than arms; first in 1669, by the celebrated Sir Henry | Haiii; its productions, which have prodigiously Morgan, and secondly in 1761. With the va. increased within the last thirty years, are sú. rious changes that have taken place within the gar, coffee, wax, and the most useful objects of last three hundred and thirty-six years we can. tropical growth; its fertility cannot be exceednot now meddle, as the present state of the ed in certain districts; and its large population island furnishes as many materials as can be
contains at least three-fifths of free men: but discussed within our limits.
it derives its political value from the situation The first volume of the Political Essay con- it occupies and the facilities of its ports. The tains an analysis of the materials for a map of Gulf of Mexico forms a circular basin, having Cuba, and discusses in succession, 1. The im- a diameter exceeding 250 leagues; in fact, a portance of the island of Cuba, as well as of the Mediterranean sea with two outlets, of which city of Havana : 2. The extent, territorial di- the shores from Florida to Cape Catoche bevision, and climate : 3. The population : 4. The long to Mexico or the United States; while agriculture: 5. The trade : 6. The finances. Cuba, or rather its northern coasts, constitute These disquisitions are followed by some con- the south-eastern boundary, allowing only a siderations on the question of slavery, and by a passage for two branches of the Gulf stream. personal narrative of MM. Humboldt and Bon. In the most eligible part of this position stands pland's residence in Cuba. The second vo- the city of Havana, with its splendid harbour lume is chiefly occupied by an essay on the and defences. M. Humboldt fairly considers consumption of sugar in Europe and elsewhere, that this capital bears nearly the same relation and the details of various physical observations. in point of facility of access to the shores of A supplement, containing a general disquisi- the Gulf, that Cadiz does to the Straits of tion on the continent, as well as the islands of Gibraltar. Perhaps it may be unphilosophic the West Indian Archipelago, terminates the to think of its value, under the existing revoluwork.
tions; but is utterly impossible for an EnglishThe preliminary analysis is described as man to enter the harbour, in which the navy of forming a part of the materials for a geogra. | England might lie, and know that the posses. phical and physical atlas of the equinoxial sion of it is an object of greedy desire with regions of the new continent, in which the au- France, the United States of America, and at thor proposes to determine the internal geo- least two of the new republics, without feeling graphy of America by his own astronomical ob- that the British minister who calmly resigned servations, made during his residence in that so valuable a station, (now invaluable,) well part of the world, and by those of others subse- merited the execrations of his countrymen. quently collected. In the map itself, (which The elongated form of Cuba puts it into is the most correct that we have seen.) ample ready communication with Haiti, Jamaica, Y11use has been made of the labours of Robredo, catan, and the southern states of the American Ferrer, Galiano, Le Maur, Del Rio, Gamboa, Union. Puysegur, Cevallos, Bauza, (who in himself is Formerly the Havana was the military port a tower of strength,) Luyando, Oltmans, and of Mexico, and received from the continental our own De Mayne, whose labours in the West treasury, even as lately as 1808, more than Indian seas cannot be sufficiently valued, with 1,800,000 hard dollars annually. Fortunately, out an actual knowledge, such as we have, of since Mexico has thrown off the Spanish yoke, his unceasing exertions, for a series of years, the liberalised system of trade in Cuba has renin situations the most calculated to exhaust the dered these supplies not only unnecessary, but powers of active industry. From these autho- has furnished means for most efficiently aiding rities, collated with his own researches, M. the mother country. Havana, in fact, now Humboldt has fixed forty-six points in Cuba ranks among the first commercial ports in the itself, and about twenty others in the Archipe-world. It would be curious as well as instruclago, all in connexion with each other. This tive to trace the causes of this revolution, but ready adoption of the experience of others is we must content ourselves with observing, not only creditable to M. Humboldt, but has notwithstanding the concurrence of political substantially advanced the interests of science; events, and the ports of Cuba being free, that for we are satisfied that had he taken a less li- the prodigious results could never have boon beral view of the matter, and founded his cal- | realized, bad it not been for the moderation of culations exclusively on researches which de- the governor, the protection afforded to indiri. pended on the chronometer (now in Mexico) | duals perhaps obnoxious in Madrid, and the which was, we believe, principally used on the general prudence of the inhabitants. continent, the results would have been most la- M. Humboldt very happily describes the Hainentably erroneous. The means of correction vana itself. He says, that have been employed must have counter- " The appearance of Havana at the entrance acted this source of inaccuracy. In the body of the pori is one of the most lively and most of the analysis there is a very interesting ac- picturesque that can be enjoyed on the shores YIV
of equinoxial America, to the north of the streets are narrow, and the greater number equator. This situation, celebrated by travel. still unpaved. As the stones come from Vera lers of all nations, has not the luxuriant vegeta- Cruz, and their freight is extremely costly, a tion that adorns the banks of the river of Guay. short time before my arrival the extravagant aquil, nor the savage grandeur of the rocky idea was entertained of supplying their place coasts of Rio Janeiro, two ports of the southern by large trunks of trees, as is done in Russia hemisphere ; but the grace which in our cli- and Germany in the construction of dykes mates embellishes the scenes of cultivated na. across marshy ground. This project was soon ture, is here mingled with the majesty of vege: abandoned, and travellers recently arrived see table forms, and the organic vigour that cha- with surprise most beautiful logs of mahogany racterizes the torrid zone. In the blending of sunk in the mud of the Havana. At the pesuch delightful impressions, the European for- riod of my stay, few towns of Spanish Amer.es gets the danger which threatens him in the presented, from the want of a good police, a bosom of the populous cities of the Antilles : more hideous appearance. One walked up to he seeks to seize at one view the different por- the knees in mud; what with the multitude of tions of a vast landscape, to contemplate the calechesor volantes--the characteristic carriages strong fortifications that crown the rocks to of Havana-carts laden with sugar, and porters the east of the port-the internal basin sur- elbowing the foot passengers, the situation of rounded by villages and farms-the palms that the latter was rendered painful and humilirise to an immense height-the city half con- ating. The smell of the tassajo (badly dried cealed by a forest of masts and the sails of ves. beef) frequently poisoned the houses and par. sels. On entering the harbour of the Havana
It is asserted that the police bas you pass between the fortification of the Morro, remedied these defects, and that latterly very (Castillo de los Santos Reyes,) and the smaller sensible improvements have been effected in fort of San Salvador de la Punta: the opening the cleanliness of the streets. The houses are is only from 170 to 200 toises in width, and it better ventilated, and the street " de los Merca. preserves this breadth about 3-5ths of a mile. deres" offers a handsome appearance. Here, Issuing from this, after leaving to the north the as in our oldest cities in Europe, a plan of beautiful castle of San Carlos de la Cabana, streets badly traced can be but slowly correctand the Casa Blanca, we reach a basin in the ed."-vol. i. pp. 9-12. form of the ace of clubs, of which the larger There are two handsome walks; one, the axis from S.S.W.to N.N.E.is 2 1-5th miles long. Alameda, is close to the theatre, which is This basin communicates with three bights, tastefully decorated, and possesses a respectathose of Regla, Guanavacoa, and Atarès, at the ble corps dramatique and orchestra: the other, last of which there are some springs of fresh beyond the walls of the city, is chiefly frewater. The city of Havana, surrounded by quented at sunset when the coolness invites to walls, forms a promontory, bounded to the south exertion. In the cathedral there is an oral by the arsenal, to the north by the fortress La slab, with a meagre Latin inscription, to the Punta. Beyond some sunken ships and the memory of Columbus. There is also a small shoal of La Luz, the depth of water decreases leaden vessel containing the fragments of some from eight or ten fathoms to five or six. The bones and dust, that were brought from the castles of Santo Domingo, of Atarès, and of city of Santo Domingo, as the last earthly reSan Carlos del Principe, defend the city to the mains of the discoverer of the New World, but west; they are separate from the inner wall, it is by no means certain that this was correct, the one 660 and the other 1240 toises. The in- and indeed it is more than probable that they termediate space is occupied by the suburbs, are the polics of Columbus's son. M. Moreau (Arrabales or Barrios extra muros,) of Horcon, de St. Mery, in his history of Spanish St. Do. of Jesus Maria, Guadalupe, and Senor de la mingo, details soine curious facts on this subSalud, which from year to year encroach on ject, which may be consulted with advantage the Champ de Mars (Campo de Marte). The by those who take an interest in it. great buildings of the Havana, the cathedral, The population of the Havana and its suburbs the palace of the government, the house of the has increased very considerably since 1791, commandant of the marine, the arsenal, the and it is curious to remark the alterations in post-office, the manufactory of tobacco, are the proportions of the different castes between less remarkable for their beauty than for the that year and 1810, which M. Humboldt has solidity of their construction: most of the given in a tabular form, which we copy :
Increase of Whites
of Free Coloured