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MR. COUTTS, THE BANKER.
tate she has long enjoyed at Highgate. Died, on Sunday, Feb. 26, 1822, at his Whether any thing more than platonic love house in Stratton-street, Piccadilly, aged 87, existed between them, cannot be determinThomas Coulls, esq. the oldest and most ed, but the scandalou; Chronicles began to opulent banker in London. Mr.Coutts was whisper, and Mr. Coutts is said to have ina native of Scotland, where his father acted troduced Miss Mellon to his family as his as a banker in Edinburgh, and placed his natural daughter. In three days after his eldest son John as his agent in London, who first wife died, he led Miss Mellou to the albegan the great concern, of which the sub, tar, whose benevolent and generous conject of this article was at the head. A few duct, as Mrs. Coutts, is well knowo. Maay years after John took his younger brother years ago Mr. Coutis purchased the house Thomas into partnership, and the house
at the corner of Stratton-street, which, when has continued to rise gradually to its pres- his eldest daughter, Lady Guilford, lost her ent state of opulence. This house enjoyed husband, he much enlarged, so that she lived a peculiar advantage,for there was not then
some time under the same roof with him. a banker west of Temple-bar, the house of On his second inarriage he began to exhibit Drummond commencing about the same the highest style of living; his present Maj. time. The affairs of banking in London esty and the princes of the blood often viswas begun by the goldsmiths, who having iting him. As a man of business Mr. Coutts places of safety for their own 'valuable arti- was indefatigable, and at the age of eighty cles, persons were induced to send their he conducted the chief correspondence of notes, cash, &c. to them for safety, and to
the concern himself. He had three gentledraw as they wanted. The house of Coutts men concerned with him, Sir Edmund Aawas never in that business. Mr. Thomas trobus, Sir Coutts Trotter and Mr. MajoriCoutts married a Mrs.Starkey,who, it seems, banks ; but he still would be the active man, was his brother's servant, and this event
and used to go to the banking house every was a temporary cause of shyness between morning at 9. and there employ himself uothem ; which bowever soon vanished. By til the business of the day was over. By an this lady he had three daughters, the eldest arrangement he made some time before his married to Col. North, eldest son of the death, he left his share of the banking house minister, Lord North, who died Earl of
to Mrs. Coutts, to whom he also left all his Guilford; the second is the widow of the property, which it is said amounts to uplate Marquis of Bute, and the youngest is wards of 700,0001. exclusive of a very large the wife of Sir Francis Burdeit. On the fortune which had been before settled upon death of his brother, Mr. C. became the her. This distribution of his property to head of the house, and succeeded to his for the exclusion of his children has, of course, tune, which enabled him to give to each of been much cauvassed, and many reports his daughters £30,000 on the day of mar.
have prevailed which it is not our business riage. Mr. Coutts, altho' the very soul of to record. The lady is said by some to conthe banking house, found time to take his sider herself merely as a trustee with sole three daughters on an excursion to Italy, at
powers, while others relate that she has the time Mr. Burdett, eldest brother of Sir made offers of contingent advantages to Francis, and Lord Montacute were on their
the daughters, which they have judged it travels. It was said, that the two travellers not proper to accept From our knowledge were to have married two of Mr. Coutts's however, of her liberal character, we are daughters ; but the tragical death of those persuaded that if a reaction of feeling does two gentlemen at the falls of Schaffhausen not take place, the results will be satisfacput an end to these prospects, and one of tory and honourable to all parties. Be it as the daughters has since been happily joined it may, the rise of an actress, the daughter in wedlock to the surviving brother of Mr. of the post-master of Cheltenham to be the Burdett. Mr. Coutts was for many years in most wealthy female of her time, is a social habits of intimacy with Mr. Garrick, Mr. phenomenon. Smith, and other celebrated theatrical characters; and by frequenting the Green Room
Life, Fashion, and Feeling : a Tale ; by he became intimate with the amiable Miss Mary Anne Hedge, 3 vols. Mellon, to whom he afterwards was attach
Constance: a Tale ; by Isabel Hill. ed. His first favour bestowed on this lady
The Flatterer ; or, False Friendship : a is said to have been a present of ten thou- Tale; by M. A. Hedge. sand pounds. The possession of such a
Original Tales of My Landlord ; exemsum of money enabled her to live in a man. plifying the Force of Experience, &c.; by ner so far beyond what her salary as a per- W. Gardner, with engravings on wood. former would allow, that her friends gave
The Wizard Priest, and the Witch: a Roout that she had gained a prize of ten thou
mance; by Quintin Poynet, esq. 3 vols. sand in the lottery. She afterwards pur
The Village Coquette ; by the author of chased property at Cheltenham and the es
Such is the World, 3 vols.
Hlustrations of Shakspeare, are at this ing death, by the inhabitants of Aur, on sime in course of publication, from pictures whose shores they were cast, 1500 English painted expressly, by ROBERT SMIRKE, Esq. miles west of the place whence they had R. A. and engraved in the finest style by originally set out. There is soinething very the most eminent historical engravers.
affecting in the history of this man; in his
struggles between his gratitude to the peoA Voyage of Discovery into the South ple among whom he had found so kind a
S!l111 Beering's Štraits, for the home, and his yearnings to return to his purpose of finding out a North- native country, which he thought he might Eust Passage, undertaken in the accomplish, by means of Capt. Kotzebue,
as he knew that vessels like his, and manYears 1815, 16, 17, and 18, in the ned with white men, occasionally visited ship Ruric, under the command of Ulle. His parting scene with the generous Otto Von Kotzebue. In 3 vols. 8vo. chief and the other inhabitants of Aur, is illustrated with numerous Plates affectingly described by Capt. Kotzebue.
All on board were grieved at his determinaand Maps.
tion to remain among his old associates, This voyage was undertaken under the which he could not impart to them without immediate patronage and at the sole ex the utmost emotion, and many struggles pense of Count Romanzoff. The vessel des- with himself. Capt. Kotzebue parted with tined for the purpose was the Ruric, of 180 him with great reluctance,and with a degree tons burthen only, which enabled it, from of sorrow, which was the highest tribute its small draft of water, to approach more possible to Kadu's virtues. The narrative in-shore, and observe the coast more mi- increases in interest, in proportion as he dutely than a larger vessel would have done. draws nearer to the goal of his hopes. The It contained, notwithstanding, every thing dangerous voyage of Beering's Straits he that was desirable for the purposes of health was obliged to make with only one officer and comfort ; for of all the crew, including on board to relieve him in his arduous duty two naturalists, a physician, and a painter, of keeping watch, as well as of command. only one died, tho' the voyage lasted 3 years, ing the vessel ; being obliged to leave his
In the South Sea Captain Kotzebue had second lieutenant at Kamtschatka on acthe pleasure of raising a monument to the count of his health. On the morning of fatne of the promoter of his expedition, and June 20th, 1815, they descried Beering's also to the memory of his two brave coun island, the high rocks of which, covered trymen Kutusoff and Suwarroff, naming with snow, afford only an ungenial prospect after Count Romanzoff a beautiful island to mariners. Thick fogs for the next seven which he discovered in lat. 14. 57. 20. south, days most vexatiously obscured the coast lon. 140. 20.30 west, and two groups of which they were so anxious to explore; but islands, which he discovered not far from on the 27th they were enabled to land on the Penrhyo islands, after the military he an island called by the inhabitants Tschiroes. Or the inhabitants of some of these bocki. These people, who were very filthy newly discovered islands, a most captiva- in their dress and appearance, did not apting picture is given, particularly of those pear to have seen any Europeans before, of Radack, one of the chain of coral but notwithstanding this they were inclined islands, the navigation of which is so dan to welcome them very kindly; they embragerous, that it is to be hoped this consider ced Captain Kotzebue one after the other, ation, added to its affording nothing of val- rubbed their noses hard against bis, and ue to tempt the cupidity of Europeans, may ended their caresses by spitting in their long keep them in their present innocence bands, and rubbing them several times and simplicity, untinctured by the vices in over bis face. They then brought forth a curred with the artificial wants by which at wooden trough of whale blubber, which tempts at what is called civilization are al- they seemed to esteem, and insisted on his ways accompanied. The inhabitants of partaking of it with them, after which one Radack seem to resemble, in integrity and who appeared the chief ordered a dance. benevolence, the natives of the Pelew is. Accordingly, one of them stepped forwards Jands; their manners are strictly modest; and made the most coinical motions with his their forms are slender and symmetrical ; whole body, without stirring from his place, their dances extremely graceful : indeed to making the most hideous grimaces ; the sing, to dance, to crown themselves with others sang a song, consisting of only two flowers, and sport upon the waves, seem the notes, sometimes louder, sometimes lower, sole occupations of life with these bappy and the time was beat on a tambourine. If islanders. From the island of Aur, the lit. our space admitted of it, we could multiply tle society of the Ruric gaived an interest extracts of great interest to our readers. ing and valuable addition in the person of
NASTURTIUM. Kadu, a native of the island of Vile, be The blossoms have been observed to emit longing to the Carolinas. This man, along electric sparks towards evening, which was with three of his companions, after drifting first noticed by the daughter of the illustriabout the sea for eighteen months in conse ous Linnæus, who could not credit the acquence of a storm which drove them out of count until he had seen the phenomenon. their course, had been rescued from the It is seen most distinctly with the eye partmost miserable prospect of the most lioger- ly closed."
ERUPTION OF CARBONIZED WOOD AT on one of the Orkney Islands, and has beee NEW MADRID.
described by Dr. Barclay in the first volume During the earthquake which destroyed of the Memoirs of the Wernerian Natural New Madrid on the 6th January 1812, and History Society. In the Memoirs of the which was felt two hundred miles around, same Society, there is an interesting notice Mr. Bringier happened to be passing in its by the Rev. Mr. Maclean of Small Isles, of neighbourhood when the principal shock an animal supposed to be of this tribe, took place. The violence of the earthquake which was observed near the island or Eigg, having destroyed the earthy strata impend- one of the Hebrides; and in the second ing over the subterraneous cavities existing volume of Kotzebue's late Voyage we have probably in an extensive bed of wood, high- the following notice of a sea-inonster, said ly carbonized, occasioned the whole su to resemble a serpent : 6 M. Krinkoft's deperior mass to settle. This mass pressing scription of a sea-animal that pursued him upon the water, which had filled the lower at Beering's Island, where he had gone for cavities, sorced it out, and blew up the earth the purpose of hunting, is very remarkable ; with loud explosions. It rushed out in all several Aleutians affirms they have oftes directions, bringing with it an enormous seen this animal. It is of the shape of the quanlity of carbonized wood, reduced mostly red serpent, and is immensely long the inlo dust, which was ejected to the height of head resembles that of a sea-lion, and two from 10 to 15 feet and fell in a black show. disproportionately large eyes give it a er, mixed with the sand which its rapid ino- frightful appearance. It was fortunate for tion had forced along: at the same time the us,” said Krinkoff, “ that we were so pear roaring and whistling produced by the im- the land, or else the monster might have petuosity of the air escaping from its con- destroyed us; it stretched its head far above finement, seemed to increase the horrible the water, looked about for its prey, and disorder of the trees, which every where vanished. The head soon appeared again, encumbered each other, being blown up, and that considerably pearer;
we rowed cracking and splitting, and falling by thou- with all our might, and were very happy to sands at a time. In the mean time the sur- have reached the shore in safety. If a sta. face was sinking, and a black liquid was serpent has been really seen on the coast of rising up to the belly of Mr. Bringier's North America, it may have been one of horse, which stood motionless, struck with this frightful species." panic and terror. These occurrences occu
SHAKSPEARE. pied nearly two minutes. The trees kept
The following is copied from an Irish falling here and there, and the whole sur
newspaper :-" There is a portrait of Shakface of the country remained covered with speare in the possession of a gentleman of holes, which, to compare small things with Dublin, which contains an inscription indigreat, resembled so many craters of volca- cating that it was pies’nted by our inmor; noes, surrounded with a ring of carbonized tal bard himself to Ann Hathaway : and wood and sand, which rose to the height of Major W. Stewart, of Lisburn, has favoured about seven feet. The depth of several of the Belfast paper with the following copy of these holes, when measured some time after,
an original letter also sent to this young la. did not exceed 20 feet, but the quicksand dy by Shakspeare when he was 27, and had washed into them. Mr. Bringier noti- she 19 years of age ; she afterwards beced a tendency to carbonization in all the
came his wife :vegetable substances that had been soaking
" TO ANNA HATHAWAYE. in the ponds produced by these eruptions.
“ Deeresste Anna, -As thon haste alwaye INSTINCT OF TIIE HONEY-EATER BIRD. founde mee toe mye worde moste trewe, so€
Capt. Kotzebue mentions the following thou shalt see l have stryctly kept mye circumstance respecting these birds “ The promyse,-I pray you perfume thys inye Hottentots, who have a very quick sight, try poor locke with thy balmy kisses, forre to observe a bee flying home with its honey, thenne indeed shalle kynges themselves and pursue it : but they often would not bow and pay homage toe it. I do assure succeed in following the bee, were they not thee no rude hand hathe knottidde itte, thye assisted by the honey-cater birds, which Willy's alone hath done the worke Nerperceive the intention of the men. The bird therre the gyldede bawble that envyronnes now pursues the bee, and gives the Hotten- the head of Majestie, noe norre honourres tots, who pursue both, a signal by a whistle most mightee, would give mee halse the joy, where the honeycomb is, and when they as didde thyse, my little worke for thre. have taken out the honey, they throw some The feelinge thatte didde neereste approache to the bird as a reward for his service." untoe itte, was that which commetbe nygbSEA-SNAKE OF THE ALEUTIANS, NORWEGI este untoe God, meeke and gentle Charytye, ANS, AND THE HEBRIDIANS.
forre thatte virtue, O! Anna, doe I love, doe Pontoppidan describes a monstrous sea- I cheryshe thee ione mye hearte ; forre snake said to appear occasionally on the thou art as a talle cederre stretchynge forthe coast of Norway: and relations of a sim- ' its branches, and succourynge the smallere ilar description are to be met with in the plants fromé nyppynge 'winterre orr the writings of other authors. Very lately, in boysterouse windes. - Farewelle, toe-morthe year 1808, the remains of a remarkable rowe bye tymes I will see thee; tille thense animal, answering in some degree to the adieue. Sweet love, thynne everre, description of Pontoppidan, was cast asbore
« WN. SHAESPERS."
BOSTON, JUNE 15, 1822.
RAYMOND THE ROMANTIC, AND HIS FIVE WISHES.
THAT delightful old pastoral writer, to be doubted, that in these expeditions T
Izaak Walton, the Virgil of An- I was frequently involved in the most glers, has recorded it of St. Jerome that imminent hazards : which however lithe formed three grand wishes; namely tle they affected me at the time, never “ to have seen Christ in the flesh,- failed, in the moments of cool reflecto have heard St. Paul preach, and tion, to make my very soul shudder to have beheld Rome in her glory." even at the reinembrance of the past My own desires were never sufficiently danger. After ascending the rugged magnificent to match with these splen- and perpendicular face of a rock with did conceptions, but still they possessed old Rosensköld, of Rona's Hill, in the enough of singularity, to be in perfect Zetland Islands, I have lain the liveconsonance with my title of Raymond long night, bathed in perspiration, at the Romantic. They were then, five the thoughts of what, when it existed in number, and of the following char- in all its terrors, did not even awaken acter. To descend to the bottom of alarm. After rushing out to a wreck, the Sea in a Diving Bell: to ascend when the waves frequently enveloped into the Air in a Balloon : to go down me in a glassy green shroud, and someinto the Earth in one of the deepest times threw me back three feet for Mines : to pass into the Crater of a every one that I swam forward ; when Burning Mountain : and to behold an I have pierced down even to the hold Apparition ! He who hath seen these, of the sinking vessel, the very danger thought I, may boast of having seen suspended both fear and feeling, but in somewhat ; little imagining that it a subsequent moment of rest, I have would ever be my fate to look upon felt all the horrors of my former situathem all, and still less that I should tion, and have passed hours in a terror have to record the sight of them. Fifty of mind, that was worse than drownyears since, when my hair was black ing. In like manner, did all my roand my locks crisp, my form strong and mantic adventures, and all the most handsome, and my heart as fearless as awful tales to which I have listened it was ardent, I was ever on the search with such delight, haunt me when they for romantic adventures, in which any concluded ; like spirits of a former age degree of danger was never worth con- appearing to the men of the present. sideration, provided it were counter- In many of my wild achievements, my balanced with adventures sufficiently early friend George Harvey was my wild, heroic, and out of the common most fearless companion ; a similarity course of daring enterprize. It is not of disposition had united us, until the
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more serious employment of life, which magician Time from altering the heart; breaks hearts, dissolves friendships, but also that we made each other a sodeadens the affections, destroys love, lemn promise that if either died, the and entirely changes the whole soul, by survivor should, if possible, visit the its separations, called him to the North- body of the deceased, who, if permitern Regions, in the Fire-Drake of Ler- ted, should return that melancholy act wick, and detained me an inhabitant of affection to his friend. This awful of the Zetland Isles. It will not be engagement, which might have been wondered at, as there was so strong a the cause of the gratification of ene of bond of unity between George Harvey my extraordinary wishes, was in fact, and myself, that we jointly vowed at the procurer of satisfaction in another parting, not only to keep faith and instance ; and the circumstances confriendship inviolate, to gaze on the heav- nected with the fulfilment of this promenly bodies at the same hours, and ex- ise form the ground work of my first changed charmed tokens to keep the story.
The Fire-Drake of Lerwick, was changing its colour from a verdant one of those vessels, which daring men green to a dark brown hue. Besides have launched at almost every period the swiftness with which the Fire of the History of English Navigation, Drake was, as it were, swept through to venture towards the Black Rock and the waters, she no longer kept her Four whirlpools of the Arctic regions, course in a continuous straight line, but and the discovery of a North-West was carried up one side of the wave, Passage. After a long and fatiguing and down the other, with a rush and a voyage, in which death and privations plunge, that to those who have felt had reduced the crew to half its origi- them, are as if they would cause the nal number, and had changed the rest very life to leap out of their bosoms. to shadows of what they once were; Under the influence of the encreasing in the middle of December, 17 --, the gale, the ship scudded round the NorthFire-Drake was seen from the point of East point of Unst in a Westerly diLambaness, making sail for our Íslands. rection, towards North-Maven ; where The three latter months of the year in was my abode, and which, when the Zetland are uncertain in their weather, storm commenced, I was about to quit, and frequently in direct opposition to in order to cross the Mainland to Lerthe approaches of vessels from any wick to welcome my friend, on his requarter towards the land. Violent but turn. But George Harvey I was deschangeable gales, torrents of rain, and tined never more to see in the flesh, storms of snow, are opposed to the skill unless that sight which I afterwards of the mariner ; although it be sup- had of him could be deemed such.ported by the thought, that he is steer. As it was, I rushed to the shore, which ing his bark homewards. As the ves. is about five miles from North-Maven, sel neared with a gentle gale from the with most of the townspeople, regardNorth-West, for the Island of Unst, the less ci the storm which raged piteously; wind suddenly shifted to the Westward, but alas ! all was in vain! the breakers and blew with such fury, that though ran too high to allow of our putting off the sails were rapidly reefed, the Fire- to the assistance of the Fire-Drake, and Drake was carried aborg through the we could only line the beach, and rusling waters with the same velocity watch her destruction. The vessel was that a feather or a falling leaf is swept now drifted towards the vast holm or over a plain in Autumn. The sea be- rock, known by the name of the Maidgan to heave and swell its bosom as if en Skerry. As this is a tall mural pile preparing for a coming storm, every of granite which stands in the ocean, wave rolling up a larger sheet of foam only about 150 feet from the precipithan the preceding, and the ocean tous ridge that forms the head of North