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thorough knowledge of their re- vinced, as was also his father, who spective languages. For a com. frequently, during his reign, 'ex. plete and most satisfactory proof pressed his regret to Mr, A. Lay. and illustration of this position, we ton, that no Eoglish consul could most refer our readers to Mr. be found capable of holding direct Jackson's cleventh chapter, from intercourse with bim.” which we are constrained, by our limits, to make no other than the following extracts:
" In a conversation teith the « When we recollect that the minister at Marocco for European envoys to Marocco for the last affairs, his excellency asked me if, centory have been men almost in the event of his master's writing wholly unacquainted with the to his majesty, the latter would be manners, customs, and religious able to get the letter interpreted ; prejudices of the people, and ig. I answered in the affirmative ; and norant of their language, we shall a very polite and friendly letter cease to be surprised that our eon. was afterwards written," which 10. nection with that empire has been quested an answer ; but it remainso limited, and impeded by mutual ed here in the secretary of state's misunderstanding of each other's office, without any attention being sentiments, originating, but too of. paid to its contents; a mark of dis. ten, in deficiency and inaccuracy respect which gave great offence of interpreters. What expecta. to the emperor. tions can be indulged of terminat. " It appears to me extraordi. ing successfully negociations with nary, that a language which is a prince, in conversing with whom spoken over a much greater extent some ignorant and illiterate inter. of country than any other on earth preter, generally a Jew, and a de. -a language combining all the voted subject of the emperor, must powers and energy of the Greek be made the confidential servant of and Latin, should be so little uit. the party treating? Besides, every derstood, that an Arabic letter, one acquainted with the nature of written by the present Emperor the goveroment,and political princi. of Marocco to the King of Great ples of the court of Marocco, is well Britain, actually lay in the secrea' aware, that, even supposing it pos- tary of state's office some months sible to procure a Jew, capable of without being translated. The interpreting accurately the English circumstance coming to the know into Arabic, and vice versa, yet there fedge of the chancellor of the exare many expressions necessary for chequer (the right honourable an envoy to use to the emperor, Spencer Perceval) that gentleinant which no Jew in the country dare expressed a wish to a friend of to utter on pain of losing his head; mine, to have a translation, and the general garrulity of these peo the letter was transmitted to me for ple, moreover, 'is such, that they that purpose." Doctor Buffe, wba are perhaps unworthy of being in. delivered it, assured me, it bad trusted with any secret wherein tbe been sent to one, if not both unis interest of a nation is concerned. versities, and to the post-office, but Of this the emperor himself is con. that, either from difference in the
30.4 232. no pudotdatida punctuation of the characters, or men, buides those on the foundain the language itself, no one could tion, might be attracted to the be found capable of rendering it college of Malta, so finely situated into - English. This statement, for such a rendezvous, and the ac. however unaccountable it may ape" quisition of the living languages pear to many, was afterwards fars facilitated by social converse among ther confirmed, by passports and ingenious youths of different na.. other papers in African Arabic be- tions. If this project of a college ing sent to me for translations, the at Malta should come under the want of which had detained vessels eye, and meet with the approbation in our ports, and caused merchants of Mr. Jackson, it would be well in London to suffer from a loss of if he would take it up. There is markets."
no one we know of, better quali. An academy of commerce was fied to point out its advantages, instituted by the emperor Joseph and the arrangements proper for II. at Vienna ; at which academy carrying it into
execution. the pupils were instructed in a va. riety of foreign languages, and in the art of drawing. Such an aca. State of the Forcign Afairs of demy might be founded by the
Great Britain for the Year British government, without im. 1809. By Gould Francis posing any burthen on the public, Leckie, Esq. at Malta. The whole property in this island, formerly belonging to THE grand political measure of the Knights of St. John, has de. opposing a kind of maritime em. volved to the crown of Great Bric. pire to the overgrown, and still tain. This property might be growing empire, of France, on the converted into a fond for the sup- continent of Europe, touched on: port of proper masters, who could in our last article, is so ingeniously be procured from the islansls and and ably recommended to the coasts of the Mediterranean, and a British government in the writings certain number of scholars. In. of Mr. Leckie, that we do not ho ths seminary young men might be sitate to give this small pamphlet a trained up to act in the capacities place among the books we have se. of consuls, commercialinterpreters, lected as favourable specimens of and agents, and as travellers under 1809. It exhibits a happy and the patronage of literary and libe. rare ndion of patriotism, learning, ral individuals or societies, for the genius, comprehensive views, and exploration of unknown regions, solid sense.* The spirit and ten. and the improvement of both natu. dency of the pamphlet is briefly rai and civil history. From the stated in the conclusion : isla::ds and the countries on the " From all that we have hitherto Mediterranean, as well as from experienced of the views of Bona. Great Britain and Ireland, young parte, from his undertaking and
* See also our account of his “ Ilistorical Survey of the Foreign Affairs of Great Britain, with a View to explain the Causes o the Disasters et the late and present Wars,” in our Account 04 Buuks, Yol. L p. 267.
General Instructions to Sir John Moore, before he set out on his March
to Spain.-Plan of Leading a British Army into the Heart of Spain
of the Spaniards.-Fond Credulity of the British Ministry on that Sub-
deficient Supplies to our
Spain by Buonaparte after the Conference of Erfurth. The bold
and pursuing other partial objects have no alternative but to increase