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Each retiring to its nest,
W. CASE, JUX.
DEATH OF CAPTAIN WESTCOTT, WHO.FELL ON BOARD THE MAJESTIC, ist
And recent conquest (wells Britannia's fame ;
W. CASE, JUN?
GUELPHO AND ERMINTA
The storm pour'd down amain,
The moon was in its wane,
The barn-dog howlid loud scream'd the gloed,
The speckled toad biss'd dire, GUELPHO urg'd his flying feed
O'er wild-fern, brake, and briar.
And now the thunders roll,
And skims the murky pool.
Whore winding mažes lead
Recount the bloody decd.
He heard the bell toil " ONL"-
The deed of death is done.
To wayward love a prey.
A momentary day.
How swift they dart along;
Unbleft with funeral song.
The dagger's grissly wound;
SONNET TO THE O'A K.
Full oft has friendship carv'd thy knotted side, And found a faithful register in thee.
Unlike the foppilh flower that rears its head,
When the proud sun from Cancer flings his rays;
Blights all its sweetness, and its form decays :
In vain assaults thy time-defying form ;
Enjoy the sunshine and endure the storm;
And thus life's prospects joylessly declinc !
The world affords, and these alone are mine,
Wakes with the dawn and greets the solar ray ;
No self-created cares be-cloud his day,
That fings to please himself, and not the throng;
Renews his daily blessings, and his song.
My cares must still increase, my happiness decay.
CIVIS, June 14th, 1799.
View of the Rusian Empire during the Reign of Ca
tharine the Second, and to the Close of the present Century. By William Tooke, F. R. Š. Member of the Imperial Academy of Sciences, and of the Economical Society ùt St. Petersburg. In Three Volumes. Longman. sl. 75. HE
present century, emerged from its obscurity, and is now becoming the most renowned among the nations of the earth. We are glad, therefore, to have recourse to an author who can satisfy our curiosity respecting it. Mr. Tooke is already known to the public by his en. tertaining Life of the late Empreis, an account of which was given in our last Review. That the author is well qualified for the task he has here undertaken, will abundantly appear from the perusal of this accurate and laborious work. The Advertisement is so full and expressive of the nature and tendency of the work, that we shall insert it.
ADVERTISEMENT. “ The Russian empire, which in various respects now fixes the attention of Europe, has for several years been the subject of a multitude of investigations and writings, by which the knowledge of that country is considerably improved and enlarged. The care which Catharine the Second, from her first accession to the throne, and during the whole of her reign, devoted to the cultivation of this knowledge, has been attended with so much success, that Russia, which, prior to the year 1762, was a sort of terra incognita in our part of the globe, is VOL. VIII.
now in poffefsion of a very considerable store of materials, from which the present state of this remarkable country may be illustrated and described. The first and most important step to the elucidation of the natural and moral condition of Russia, was the appointment of the academicians of St. Petersburg to travel for the purpose of exploring its qualities in both these respects; and their journals still form the basis of all that we know with certainty of the internal state of this extensive empire. These important discoveries assisted the zeal of some induttrious foreigners, who either in the country itself, or by correspondence and connections, coilected useful materials, and communicated the result of their labours to the public. By the introduction of the governments, which, besides the beneficial effects they produced on the political administration of the empire, greatly assisted the knowledge of the country; by the admeasurement and survey of the districts assigned them, which facilitated the construction of special charts on a more accurate plan; by the more adequate enumeration of the people, &c. but, above all, by the wise and enlightened publicity with which it was allowed to treat of these matters, this knowledge acquired such a powerful accession, that the idea of a systematical digest of all the necessary materials, was no longer to be considered as a vain fpeculation. Busching at first, and after him Messrs. Schlätzer, Herrmann, Hupel, and Jaitly Storch, drew up their topographies and itatittics of the empire; still, however, the voluminous journals of the academicians lay unopened to this country, and the travels of Pallas, Guldenstädt, Georgi, Lepechin, Falk, the Gmelins, Fischer, and others, were in England known only by the occasional mention of their extraordinary value, with deserved encomiums on the talents and labours of their authors, in the reports of our countrymen on their return from a transient visit to St. Petersburg.
“ Having passed the greater part of the long reign of the l'ate Empress, in her dominions; favoured for many years with the friendship and intimacy of two successive directors of the academy, with free access to its libraries and collections, and being personally acquainted with several of the travellers them. felves, I presume to lay before the public this View of the Russian Empire, in which I have faithfully followed the au5