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LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. Works recently published, in the press, or in preparation. BIOGRAPHY. The Itinerant; or Genuine Memoirs of an Actor; by S. W. Riley. Essay on the Life and Writings of Rev. Abrahamn Booth ; by Wm. Jones. Memoirs of Josias Rogers, Esq. Commander of his Majesty's Ship Quebec; by the late W. Gilpin, A. M. Memoirs of Captain George Carleton, an English Officer ; including Anecdotes of the War in Spain, under the Earl of Peterborough, and many interesting Particulars relating to the Manners of the Spaniards, in the beginning of the last century; written by himself.

POETRY. Revovation of India ; a Poem; with the Prophecy of the Ganges; an Ode. The Senses, an Ode, in the manner of Collins's Ode on the Passions, A Day in Spring, and other Poems, by R. Westall, Esq. R. A. The White Doe, or the Fate of the Nortons; a Poem, by R. Wordsworth. The Fisher Boy; comprising his several Avocations during the four Seasons. By H. C. Esq. Poetical Works of the late C. Anstey, Esq. with some Account of his Life and Writings; by his son, John Anstey, Esq. Fowling, a Poem, in five Books.

Novels, &c. The Cottagers of Glenburnie, a Tale for the Farmer's Ingle-Nook, by Elizabeth Hamilton, The Match-Girl, by Mrs. Edgeworth.

DRAMA. Abradates and Panthea, a Tragedy from Xenophon ; by John Edwards, Esq. The Monteni, a Musical Entertainment; by the Rev. Henry Rowe. Illustrations of the Scenery of the Gentle Shepherd, with a new and correct Edition of the Comedy: and an Anpendix, containing Memoirs of David Allan, the Scots Hogarth; Poems connected with the illustrations, and a Glossary : prefixed are, a Life of Allan Ramsay, an inquiry into Pastoral Poetry, &c.

MISCELLANEOUS. Theory of Dreams; in which an enquiry is made into the powers and faculties of the human mind, as they are illustrated in the most remarkable dreams recorded in sacred and profane history. Fragients, in Prose and Verse, by a Young Lady, lately deceased; with some Account of her Life and Character. Translations of M. Gener, being a Selection of Letters on Life and Manners; by John Muckersey, Minister of West Calder. Letters on Taste, Literature and Criticism; by the late Dr. Gregory; addressed to his Son. Midas; or, a Serious Inquiry concerning Taste and Genius; including a Proposal for the certain Advancement of the Elegant Arts; by A. Fisgrave, L. L. D.

THE

CABINET;

OR, MONTHLY REPORT OF

POLITE LITERATURE.

SEPTEMBER, 1808.

ANECDOTES OF LORD NELSON.

A VENERABLE clergyman, apparently between seventy and eighty years of age, was perceived one morning by his lordship, with a large book under his arm, anxiously looking towards the door of his apartment, with the most expressive solicitude depicted in his countenance. His lordship, immediately, with his ever prompt kindness and humanity, desired Mr. Oliver to enquire what was the object of his wish. Having learned, that he was the pastor of a place forty miles distant, who had travelled thus far with his parochial bible, in the · first leaf of which he wanted the immortal hero to 'in

scribe his name, his lordship instantly admitted him into his presence, readily complied with his request, and then, taking him kindly by the hand, heartily wished the patriarchal and spiritual shepherd a safe return to bis rural flock. The aged and pious minister suddenly dropped on his knee : fervently imploring Heaven to bless his lordship, for so generously condescending to indulge his wish ; and solemnly declaring that he should now be happy till it pleased God to call him, when he would die contented, having thus done homage to, and obtained favour from, “ the Saviour of the Christian World.

Another circumstance, of still greater singularity occurred at Hamburgh, relative to a wine-merchant. This gentleman, who was likewise more than seventy years of Vox. IV.

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age, and of a very respectable appearance, had requested to speak with Lady Hamilton, her ladyship, accordingly, coudescendingly admitted him to a private audience; when he informed her, through the medium of Mr. Oliver, who interpreted for both parties, that he had some excellent old Rhenish wine, of the vintage of 1625, and which had been in his own possession more than fifty years. This, he said had been ever preserved for some very extraordinary occasion; and one had now arrived, far beyond any he could have expected. In short, he flattered himself that, by the kind recommendation of her ladyship, the great and glorious Lord Nelson might be prevailed on to accept six dozen bottles of this incomparable wine: part of which, he observed, would then have the honour to flow with the heart's blood of that immortal hero; a reflection which could not fail to render himself the most fortunate man in existence, during the remainder of his days. His lordship, being informed of these curious particulars, immediately came into the apartment, and took the old gentleman kindly by the hand, but politely declined his present. He was, however, finally persuaded to accept of six bottles, on condition that the worthy wine-merchant should dine with him next day. This being readily agreed, a dozen bottles were sent ; and his lordship, jocosely remarking that he yet hoped to have half a dozen more great victories, protested he would keep six bottles of his Hamburgh friend's wine, purposely to drink a bottle after each. This his lordship did not fail to remember, on coming home, after the battle of Copenhagen ; when he “ devoutly drank the donor.” It is said, that this wine-merchant, soon after Lord Nelson had first taken him by the hand, happene ing to meet with an old friend, who was about to salute him in a similar way, immediately declined the intended kindness, and said he could not suffer any person to touch the hand which had been so highly honoured by receiving that of Lord Nelson. Certain it is, that this man felt so overcome by his excessive sensibility, that he literally shed tears of joy during the whole time he was in our hero's presence.

At a grand public breakfast, given to Lord Nelson and his friends, by Baron Breteuil, formerly the French ambassador at the court of Naples, the celebrated General Dumourier was introduced to his lordship. Lord Nelson, notwithstanding his general aversion to Frenchmen, had a favourable opinion of this able and intelligent officer;

and said to him, that he hoped they should both, in future, fight hand in hand for the good cause : adding, as there was then some prospect of General Dumourier's being employed in the British service, that there was no person, if we were to have joint operations by sea and land, with whom he would sooner act. The General was so overpowered by this generosity and grandeur of soul in our hero, that he could only articulate " Great Nelson ! brave Nelson ! I am unable to speak. I cannot make any reply to your goodness!” His lordship, findo ing the circumstances of General Dumourier very hum. ble, for a man of his merits, kindly sent him a weighty purse next day, by Mr. Oliver, to whom the General feelingly expressed the utmost thankfulness.

While Lord Nelson remained at Hamburgh, he received, one morning, a very extraordinary visit. An Englishman, of gentlemanly address, called on his lordship, and requested to speak with him in private. Sir William Hamilton, conceiving the stranger's appearance to be suspicious, particularly as he held one hand under his coat, advised his lordship not to withdraw. Our hero replied that, though he had never before differed with Sir William in opinion, he must decidedly do so now. He felt coascious, he said, that he had done no ill; and, therefore, dreaded none. He then, with firmness, bade the stranger follow him into another apartment ; who soon gave his lordship to understand, that he was no less a personage, than the famous Major Semple, of swindling notoriety. With a'considerable degree of feeling, he detailed his miserable situation : an outcast from society; in the deepest distress ; avoided, and despised, by every body. Lord Nelson protested, that he had not expected the honour of such a visit; but, nevertheless, returning to Sir William and Lady Hamilton, and mentioning who it was, kindly asked. What shall we do for the poor devil ?” They accordingly gave him, between them, a purse of twenty guineas : his lordship tenderly remarking, that he seemed a man of talents; who had, proba. bly, from some first error of early life, unchecked by friendly advice or assistance, finally sunk into a state of, perhaps, irrecoverable ignominy. .

Lord Nelson had, in August 1805, no intention of again going speedily to sea. All his stores had been brought up from the Victory; and he was, he said, resolved to enjoy a little leisure, with his family and friends,

in the delightful shades of Merton. The Honourable Captain Blackwood, a few days afterward, brought in. telligence that the combined feets, reinforced by two more Spanish squadrons, and now amounting to thirtyfour sail of the line, had left Ferrol, and got safely into Cadiz. All this, however, was nothing to him ; * Let the man trudge it, who has lost his budget !” gaily repeated his lordship. But, amid all his allegro of the tongue, to his friends at Merton Place, Lady Hamilton observed that his countenance, from that moment, wore occasional marks of the penseroso in his bosom. In this state of inind, he was pacing one of the walks of Merton garden, which he always called the quarter-deck, when Lady Hamilton told him, that she perceived he was low and uneasy. He smiled, and said " No! I am as happy as possible." Adding, that he saw himself sure rounded by his family, that he found his health better since he had been at Merton; and, that he would not give a sixpence to call the king his uncle. Her Ladyship replied, that she did not believe what he said ; and, that she would tell him what was the matter with him. That he was longing to get at these French and Spanish fleets ; that he considered them as his own property, and would be miserable if any other man but himself did the busi- . ness ; that he must have them, as the price and reward of his long watching, and two years uncomfortable situa. tion in the Mediterranean: and finished, by saying « Nelson, however we may lament your absence, and your so speedily leaving us, offer your services, immediately to go off Cadiz; they will be accepted, and you will gain a quiet heart by it. You will have a glorious victory ; and then, you may come here, have your otium cum dignitate, and be happy.” He looked at her ladyship, for some moments; and, with tears in his eyes, exclaimed—“ Brave Emma ! good Emma ! if there were more Emmas, there would be no more Nelsons. You penes trated my thoughts. I wish all you say, but was afraid to trust even myself with reflecting on the subject. However, I will go to town." He went, accordingly, next morning, accompanied by her ladyship and his sisters. They left him at the Admiralty, on the way to Lady Hamilton's house in Clarges. Street ; and, soon after, received a note, informing them that the Victory: was telegraphed not to go into port, and begging they would prepare every thing for his departure. This is the

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