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The Reviews for the summer quarter possess unusual like the typographical vagaries of Tristam Shandy-bot it
interest. There is an eloquent article in the Edinburgh, often happens that the meaning of a passage is altogether
from the pen of Lord Dover, on Macaulay's History, wherein changed, by the substituted letters going to make another
Mr. Croker is made to appear in very diminutive propor- and very ludicrous version. During the Mexican Waribe
tions, and full justice is awarded to the excellences of the papers at one time gravely informed us that "Gen. Pillow
great historian. The North British, among other things, and seven of his men had been lost in a bottle," and we all
discusses Lieut. Lynch's Narrative of the Expedition 10 recollect the complaint of Miss Biddy Fudge of the blua-
the Dead Sea, in rather a depreciating spirit. It contains ders of the County Gazette-
an article of interest on the “Railway System of Great
Britain.”

But 'tis dreadful to think what provoking mistakes
The vile country Press in one's prosody makes.

For you know, dear,-1 may, withont vanily hintThe Magic of KINDNESS. Such is the attractive title Though an angel should write, sull 'tis derils must print; of a very pleasing volume published by Harper and Bro. And you can't think what havoc these demons sometimes thers. It is written by the brothers Mayhew; and is a Choose to make of one's sense, and what's worse, of one's handsome and ingenious allegorical-yet essentially true rhymes. exposition of the beauty, wisdom and truth of genuine But a week or two since, in my Ode npon Spring, philanthropy.

Which I meant to have made a most beautiful thing,
Where I talked of the “dewdrops from freshly.blown roses,"

The nasty things made it “from freshly-hlowa noses !" HISTORY OF THE CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY. The same house have issued this very uselul and interesting work

The Messenger is usually as free from typographical erconsisting of reliable portraits of prominent meinbers of rors as a Magazine can be, and when we consider the the French Assembly since the last revolution and accounts awful' MSS. from which it is sometimes printed, se bave of the proceedings.

reason to congratulate ourselves on its accuracy. Bei in our present number, we find several blunders of such a pro

voking characier, that we are constrained to point theo cung Child's History or Rome ;-a very pleasing and ju. and say something in explanation of their ocenrrence. dicious compend from the excellent pen of Miss Sewall,

We shall mention only the prominent mistahes, leaving whose " Gertrude” and other domestic tales proves her fit- | all minor blunders to the correction of tbe intelligent reader.

In the article on Moore's Anacreon, p. 564, four poies ness to instruct as well as entertain the young. Published by D. Appleton & Co.

are marked in the text but not given. They were onnitted in the MS. by an oversight of the author. The noies were most probably the Greek words employed in the liad.

In Mr. Tuckerman's article, Manzoni-p. 587, “Cbeerbyle" should be Cheeryble, p.588 * Albermarlett" sbould te

Albemarle Street, p. 588, 2nd column " Anderson's" should A List of ERRATA.

be Andersen's, p. 590 " dankness” should be darkness, p.

591 the name of the Swedish novelist is again mispribled, Elja, in one of his Essays, speaks of a poor relation as and Ware is transformed into a wave. the greatest annoyance of life, and employs a formidable In "A Bachelor's Reverie,” p. 604, for "Elzeoir" read catalogue of similes in his description of the class, which Elzevir and a few lines lower down, same column, for are, we consider peculiarly applicable to another sort of petites ave, read dis, ais,- p. 607 for martial" read Maruial, and miseres-typographical errors. “ A Poor Relation,” says p. 609 for "the sick nurse" read “the sick sease." Tbe erhe, among other things, is "a blot on your 'scutcheon-a rors in this article, with the exception of the lasi, arcur, rent in your garnient-a death's head at your banquet, however, in but a small portion of our edition. Agathocles' pot-a Mordecai at your gale, a Lazarus at Our list of errata is finished. We deem it due to our rend. your door-a lion in your path-a frog in your chamber-a ers, our contributors and ourselves to say how they came to fly in your ointment--a mote in your eye-a triumph to be made. A short time during August and the early part of your enemy, an apology in your friends—the one thing not September the editor was absent from home, and the retu. needsul—the hail in harvest—the ounce of sour in a pound sal of sheets devolved on the proof-reader of the printing. of sweet."

office. Now it happens to be a maxim with the craft “ to All this to the sensitive author or editor is the typographi- follow copy even should it go out of the window," and we cal error.

have found on recurring to the MSS. that in every case the It invadeth his repose, it destroyeth his peace of mind, printer has strictly adhered to the characters as set down. it causeth him not unfrequently to utter maledictions upon Our friend Mr. Tuckerman makes a legible and graceful innocent persons, it oppresseth him with a sense of an irre. chirography, yet he sometimes abbreviates and writes tuo versible fate, from which there is no escape and for which words cogether to the perplexity of the compositor. Thus no remedy can be supplied. The author, perhaps, has writ. occurred the most awkward error in his article: “Albe. ten an ingenious treatise upon the Homeric: poems and looks marle St." written together baving very much the appear with interest for its appearance in print. He opens the ance of " Albermarlett." magazine containing it, and finds it so full of blunders that We have been not a liule annoyed at these apparently it is indeed “all Greek” to him. Thereupon he swears at trivial matters, inasmuch as they subject os to unjust snutthe printer and writes down the editor an ass. The Editor, bing at the hands of the critical reader. Not to know the beholding with dismay the sad work of his compositors, home of John Murray, or the chorus of the Greek tragesty, must submit to the worst imputations upon his scholarship, or the name of the most famous of printers, or that Marta? or seek to repair "the wreck of matter” by inserting that meant a man, would argue in us a melancholy want of the most awkward of all possible emendations, a list of errata. ness for our position as editor of the Messenger. We ery

It is well indeed if the Llunders make simple nonsense in this instance peccavinus and bey our correspondents in of the original. A page thrown into pi, or types out of future to be careful in the preparation of their M53. for place, miglit be taken as something bizarre or whinsical, 'the press.

PUBLISHED MONTHLY AT FIVE DOLLARS PER ANNUM-JNO. R. THOMPSON, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR.

VOL. XV.

RICHMOND, NOVEMBER, 1819.

NO. 11.

CHAPTER THIRTEENTH.

of which the Elector of Saxony had spoken in [Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1819, by his account of the meeting at Altranstad. His John R. Thompson, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court head was thinly covered with sandy hair, which for the Eastern District of Virginia.]

left the round and retreating forehead much exTHE CHEVALIER MERLIN. posed. His face was tufted with a straggling

and starved beard, as dingy in its hue as the hair above. Of course there could be nothing very

majestic in all this. But there was certainly in “ The haughty monarch, in spite of a perilous combination the countenance of the renowned monarch, much of adverse circumstances, did not relinquish his schemes for changing the ancient boundaries of kingdoms."

that proclaimed, or agreed with, his strong and Atterbury. unyielding character. His blue eyes were reso

lute and penetrating; his jaws were firmly set, Some hours after he had reached the Swedish and his nose, wide and free in its nostrils, curved camp, Merlin, escorted by Count Piper, the fa- into the Roman eagle-beak. vorite and minister of Charles, and the head of As Merlin entered the tent, the young monthe Swedish house to which our friend Captain arch-he was now in his twenty-seventh yearGustavus Piper belonged, approached the tent of stood leaning on the pummel of his sword, in a the king. Letters from the Senator Sture to listening attitude. Mazeppa, who stood before Count Piper, brought by the Norwegian, had him, had been speaking. The countenance of gained for him the immediate protection of this the white-bearded chief bore traces of sadness great man about the person of the monarch. and embarrassment. Charles, who appeared The minister said, as he led the way to the pres- wholly undisturbed by the disasters which the ence of his master:

Hetman had doubtless recounted, fixed a keen “ The king has been engaged with your trav- glance upon the gigantic figure of the Norweelling companion—who indeed is still with his

gian. majesty. Your arrival is connected with cir

“ Who is this ?” he said briefly, and without cumstances of disappointment and ill-omen.” changing his position. ** How go, sir ?" Merlin asked.

Count Piper replied: Count Piper, a dark-eyed and adroit looking “A Norwegian soldier, sire, who has travelled civilian, lean, and slovenly in his apparel, an- five hundred leagues to join us. He comes reswered with a show of surprise :

commended to my favourable regard, and through "You appear not to know that you came with me to your majesty's favour. The gentleman is Mazeppa, the General of the Ukraine. We named Merlin Brand.” have expected his arrival with an army, but he Charles then received the Norwegian gracomes like a fugitive, with a handful of Cossacks ciously, but with few words. at his back."

“You seem a capable soldier,” he said, “and "I did not, indeed, know," Merlin replied, we will find you the opportunity of proving " that the chief was Mazeppa the Hetman. We whether you are also a brave man." met upon the plains, and joined company with “I am sure,” said Mazeppa, advancing a step the confidence of men not fearing each other, and speaking with kindly dignity, “ that my comand without an uncourteous indulgence of curi- rade will prove such. Men learn to know each osity."

other quickly when they hunger and thirst toWith this the speakers reached the royal tent, gether in the desert.” the outskirts of which were without guards, or Merlin bowed his thanks to the Hetman; he attendants of any sort; and were presently met presently gave to the King of Sweden the roll of by a gentleman whom Merlin heard Count Piper the Countess of Konigsmark. address familiarly as Grothusen. In the next Charles opened it; an inner roll distinct from moment, the Norwegian stood for the first time the envelope remained in his hand, whilst he read in the presence of the King of Sweden. from the envelope itself.

The appearance of Charles was not very im- “The Countess of Konigsmark," he at length posing at the first view. His stature was mode- said coldly, - informs me that you are a knight rate. He wore the coarse gray coat, the taffety of the order of the White Eagle." band about his neck, and the rough jack boots, · Yes, sire," Merlin replied, " there was indeed

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a somewhat absurd imposition of such an hon- " Sir Merlin Brand, it seems that we have been our upon me. But I have no wish to remem- mistaken, and that you are Hyperion." ber it whilst serving your majesty."

Merlin, greatly annoyed and embarrassed, stood “You speak like a sensible man,” said Charles. in the royal presence very much like a fool. The “But you are nevertheless a knight. Grothu- king condescended to smile. The girdle, instead sen, enrol Sir Merlin Brand as a member of the of going into the treasure-chest, was placed in household and provide for his accommodation.” the hands of the true Hyperion, who said, as he “In what capacity, sire ?"

received it : “ As the king's friend," said Charles, who then "I will retain this valuable toy, sire, until I carelessly opened the inner roll from which the find the means of restoring it to the Countess of envelope had been removed. As this roll was Konigsmark.” opened, a girdle of beautiful workmanship glit- The kivg soon after dismissed his new recruit. tering with jewels, some of them of noble size Grothusen conducted him from the presence to a and all of rare lustre, appeared within it. A neighbouring tent. Merlin, reflecting upon his scroll attached to the girdle contained the words interview, found no great difference between " The zone of Venus to Hyperion."

Charles at Altranstad, as the Elector of Saxony “ What is this?" said the king.

had described him, and Charles as he had just Mazeppa stroked his beard and smiled. Gro- seen him. In the one case a coat and a pair of thusen and Count Piper drew nearer to examine boots had made the staple of his conversation, the precious ornament.

in the other a woman's girdle. How little of the “It is a woman's belt, sire,” said the latter. martial hero, as brave, munificent, enterprising “Madame has sent her belt to your majesty, as Alexander his model,—the hero who in his whom she chooses to style Hyperion."

early youth had passed at a stride to a glorious "Who was Hyperion ?" said Charles. manhood, and become in those years of man's

Count Piper observed that his majesty's ser- life when pleasure generally holds him captive, vice had been for many years so exacting that the admiration and terror of the world-bow he had quite lost the polite learning which at one little of such a hero appeared in the plain and time he possessed. Grothusen had not forgotten reserved young monarch! Io the story of defeat for the reason that he had never known. Ma- which Mazeppa had come as a fugitive to tell, it zeppa, continuing to smoothe his long beard, might have been supposed that the bafiled king looked on with a degree of simple curiosity not would find a torch to ignite even his guarded naa little striking in ove of so venerable an appear- ture into the fury of disappointment–into a ma

jestic anger. Not a swolen vein, not a glance of Merlin possessed too much tact to enlighten the eye, had betrayed such excitement. But the king, and his high officers, by producing his Merlin read the King of Sweden aright, notwithlearning to contrast with their ignorance. He standing that be bore away in his mind an unbecontented himself with saying that if the Venus roic image of the hero. He saw in the sober of Konigsmark had found a resemblance be- and somewhat repelling demeanour of the contween his majesty and Hyperion, Hyperion must queror the reserve of a nature all sufficient to doubtless have been an illustrious and invincible itself-a nature that demands no communion or personage in ancient history or poetry. This counsel in its gravest measures—that underrates was received as a satisfactory explanation. the value of foreigo aid, and consequently does

What are the stones worth ?" said the King not view its loss as fatal, or even as greatly disof Sweden, passing the girdle to Count Piper. astrous. “It must be with a very different de

“ At least fifty thousand crowns,” replied meanour,” he meditated, what the invincible King Count Piper, when he had examined the jewels. of Sweden dazzles the eyes of men, in moments

“A sum to equip a battalion!” said Charles. of high action. He is something quite different “Put it into the treasure-chest, Grothusen." when, exalted by the music of battle, be rides

Grothusen picked from the ground, where it like a cadet over broken battalions, wet with the had fallen, the inner envelope which had been blood of his enemies. And his address is doabtimmediately about the girdle, and replaced the less more royal when he decrees the submission, girdle in it. As he did so he saw an address and dictates the laws of pations." upon it, which had been until then overlooked. When, under the care of Grothusen, the quarHe read aloud

ters of the Norwegian had been selected, and he “Exclusively for the hands, and for the pri- had taken possession of them, he became aware vate eyes of Sir Merlin Brand."

that the boy who had escaped from the Tartars “So”-said the King of Sweden. "That and who had ridden into the camp on the stead makes a difference."

of the chief Osbeck, had determined to become He read the address for himself, then added : his servant. This boy, without waiting to be

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bidden, went about the duties of a valet, inform-than many. Take me into your service and I ing his new master that he had already discharg- will do every thing to please you; and indeed ed those of a groom. The lad was a slender, you will find me useful, and ready to do as much active, little fellow of fifteen, sharp and clever, for love, as the killing of my mother taught me with the bronze of Egypt in his face, and large, to do for hate." eager black eyes. Merlin interested by his con- “ How did you come among the Swedes ?" duct in the scene with the Tartars, and by his said Merlin. appearance, asked him many questions. The “After I had killed the men who whipped reader shall learn his brief story in the answers my mother to death, and burnt their town, I rewhich he gave to these questions.

mained with our people for some time, and lived " Where I was born I do not know," said the such a free life as the whistling plover lives. But boy, in a clear but humble tone. My mother I was getting old enough to think that there might was a Bohemian, and travelled with her people be some better life in spite of its liberty. One from country to country. When I had grown day I heard the guns thundering in one of the large enough to do a great deal of mischief I was battles, and went to a hill to see the famous sport. praised for doing it well. The Saxons gave The drums, and the trumpets, and the roar of me a name because I could imitate the neigh of the guns, and the rushing of the horses, made me a horse ; they called me Weigen. Afterwards unable to remain on the hill. I gathered some the people of another village, in the neighbor-round stones, and fitted one to my sling; and then hood of which we lived for a year, called me I ran down, and began to fight as if I had as Caputsch, because my mother made me wear a good a reason for fighting as the rest—which cowl which she had in some way procured from perhaps I had. I kept near the drummer of a a monk. That continues to be my name. I am regiment. At last he fell with his elbows on his your servant Caputsch, master.”

drum, and nodded so naturally that I did not un" Where is your Bohemian mother ?” Merlin derstand at once that he was dead. When I asked.

saw that he was truly dead, I took the sticks “She is dead, sir. They whipped her to death from his hands, and emptied the head of the drum in Silesia."

of his blood that had filled it, and then I beat - Poor child !" said the Norwegian.

away as fast and as loud as I could. So I beCaputsch, as if rebellious against the pity of came a drummer. At first the men made a pet his master, replied quickly:

of me.

But when I was no longer new to them, * But, sir, if they whipped my mother to death they found that as I was not much higher than I was not too young to kill them for it. I brought my drum, and only reached to the elbow of onedown Groffer Hans, the burgomaster who order- eyed Gofried the fifer, I did not make a good ed her to be whipped, with a stone from a sling, figure as a drummer; and so they made a pot-boy which made him die. I shot the hangman from of me. That is the whole story, master." behind a edge, and then I burnt their town. “How was it that you fell into the hands of The fire was kindled as often as they put it out. the Tartars ?" Merlin asked. On the seventh night there was a glorious wind, "I went to find the horse of the Ritter Domand the town burnt like a hell in the valley." binski—the horse had gone away to the plains.

* Caputsch,” said Merlin, not very favourably Do you know the terrible Ritter? He threatened impressed by the latter portion of the young fire- to put me on the coals, and boil his kettle with brand's narrative, “I have no need for your ser- me, if I did not bring his beast back. The Tarvices."

tars came around me. I dodged them for some The boy replied with a sudden change from time, but the ground was too open, and they the exalted tone, to which, in recounting his filial rode me down. Then you saved me from them.” vengeance, he had risen:

"It was hardly so, Caputsch,” said Merlin. "I can be thankful for kindness, master. When You owe your escape to your own courage, the Tartars would have returned and killed me, and presence of mind. We only prevented your you came up and saved me. And you spoke re-capture." kindly, and looked kindly, to me. Caputsch is He presently added: not used to kinduess. In the camp it is .Ca

“ You took a wild and barbarous vengeance, putsch, you son of a monk, furbish my firelock'— not natural to one of tender years, upon the "Caputsch, you spawn of a gypsey, rub down murderers of your mother. But you were doubtmy horse'— Caputsch, you imp of the devil, put less trained a young savage, with the good of wood to the fire, and grill the bones.' So it runs, your nature hidden under the shadow of its bad, master, when they are in an excellent humor- and the murder of a mother is such a provocathese brave Swedes. When they are angered tion, to the wildest vengeance, as none of us they beat me.

It is better to serve one master' might resist. I receive you into my service,

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Caputsch, since you desire that I will do so. You of his dispersed followers, and was enabled, by can be as sure of my kindness as I can be of the love of the Cossacks for their Hetman, to your fidelity."

feed his ally. The splendid host wbich bad left So Merlin acquired, in this little elf Caputsch, the borders of Saxony covered with gold and a servant destined to share many perils with him, silver, and numbering forty thousand soldiers enand to stand him in good stead on critical occa- boldened by the uninterrupted victories of eight sions of his adventurous life.

campaigns, had by the end of that terrible winter been reduced to eighteen thousand men, balfstarved, and clad in the furs of wild animals.

Toward the end of winter, hostilities, which the CHAPTER FOURTEENTH.

severity of the season had suspended, were re“The philosopher Calanus laid a dry and shrivelled hide bewed. One or two unimportant battles were before Alexander, and first trode upon the edges of it; this

fought; skirmishes were of frequent occurrence. he did all round; and as he trode on one side, it started on the other. At last he fixed his feet on the middle, and in these unimportant battles, and skirmishes, the then it lay still. By this emblem Calanus showed him that Chevalier Merlin bore his part well, and even he should fix his residence, and plant his principal force in succeeded, by good fortune, in distinguishiog the heart of his empire, and not yo away so far, carrying a himself on several occasions. He had obtained wandering dominion, liable to be lost, to the distant ex

a post in the army, and, rising by his gallantry, tremities."- Plutarch.

had become the major of the famous mounted It is not my purpose to narrate in detail the regiment of Smaland. Early in the winter be events, which, in the several succeeding months, had written a detailed account of his adventures rendered the situation of the King of Sweden at the Chateau d'Amour, to send to his mistress perilous in the extreme. Day after day brought in Sweden, concealing nothing except the fact disaster after disaster. Within a week of the that the Countess of Konigsmark was the Circe arrival of Mazeppa, presaged by rumors of the to whose arts he had been a victim. He did not saddest character, came Lewenhaupt, the bro- extenuate his fault in this confession, but with ken hope of Sweden. His gallant army had mournful candour admitted his miserable weakcontended its way obstinately forward, through ness, and the presumption of his former confident terrible obstacles of man and nature. With a and proud self-reliance. He besought only that force originally consisting of but fifteen thousand the Swedish maiden would not cast him hopemen, he had fought five pitched battles against lessly off, but await the result of his efforts to an army of forty thousand, an army which the prove his penitence, and a purer worth, in the Czar, who in person opposed him, recruited from trials of that career upon which he had at last day to day as the courage of Sweden thinned its entered. This frank, manly and earnest leiter, ranks. The army of fifteen thousand men had he had found opportunity to despatch, by a Pobeen reduced to four thousand, by the time that, lish courier whom Charles had sent to King stemming the currents of the Sossa, Lewenhaupt Stanislaus, during the enforced armistice of milgained its outhern bank and shook off his ene- winter. my. Of eight thousand wagons, loaded with Under all the disasters of his situation the supplies for his King, all were burnt, or in the King of Sweden had lost neither the hope nor hands of the Czar. Of his artillery he retained the design of penetrating to Moscow. But he not a gun. In this condition, with nothing but needed artillery and supplies. The Czar bad honour left to him, the brave general joined his formed a magazine in Pultowa, a town on the rüyal master.

river Vorska in the eastern extremity of the Thus the King of Sweden found himself des- Ukraine, thirteen leagues from the Boristheues. titute of supplies, cut off from all communica- Charles determined to possess himself of the tion with Poland, and surrounded by enemies, in Czar's magazine; the possession of it would enthe heart of a wild country beyond the borders able him to await in safety and abundance the of civilization. But the arrival of Lewenhaupt, arrival of succours, which he expected from Swelike that of Mazeppa, produced no change in his den, Livonia, Pomerania, and Poland. Theredemeanor.

fore with his mixed force of eighteen thousand The winter became, as it advanced, one of un- Swedes and Poles, and about twelve thousand precedented severity. Charles removed his camp Cossacks and Wallachians mustered by Mazepsouthward. In the march of one day two thou- pa, he took position, about the middle of May, sand men feil dead, of cold and hunger. before Pultowa.

The horses died; cannon were left behind for On a pleasant morning King Charles rode to want of means to drag thom. But for Mazeppa view the defences of the beleaguered towa, desthe force of the King of Sweden would indeed tined to blend its obscure name with his fortunes, have been annihilated. lle collected a portion ldarkly, to all times. At his side rode Velt Mares

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