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In abridging the following description deplored the present degraded state of she reached the spot where already her of a slave-sale, from an able article lately society which such a scene but too pow. beloved foster-sister stood exposed for written on this subject by a cordial friend erfully witnessed.
sale. Here she received the afflictive to our cause, it is necessary to explain " The deep feeling of his mind had information that several regular traffickers that the person here designated by the thrown him into a state of absence so in human beings were present, who were name of Humanitas is a gentleman of perfect as to have rendered him altoge-able and disposed to purchase her at a high benevolent character and literary ther indifferent to the things and persons price much above what she was able to celebrity, who, on leaving Cape Town to by whom he was surrounded. From this raise. Among this number was one from visit a friend in the interior, consented to abstraction he was roused by the plaintive an adjacent town, who was fully ac. become the bearer of three thousand rix- and heart-rending moans of a female; he quainted with her worth, and who had dollars to a clergyman resident at a town | turned, almost mechanically, and beheld declared his intention to possess her, althrough which he was obliged to pass. It an interesting young woman of colour, though a sum should be set upon her was in the course of this journey that he standing apart from her companions in head doubling the usual price of an ordiwitnessed the scene which is described in captivity, the intensity of whose grief nary slave. the following narrative :
might be better conceived of by the « The voice of female sorrow is power- A considerable number of persons agony which shook her frame, than ex- fully eloquent, and is ever sufficient to had already assembled, and not a few of pressed by the cold language of narra- move the heart with pity and commiserathose whose countenances would have tion. Close by her side stood another tion, excepting the hearts of villains and led the powerfully descriptive Shakspeare female, whose dress bespoke her of re- cowards. Humanitas felt it deeply now; to have denounced them 'villains.' spectable connexions, but her counte- but the unfeeling bands by whom he was They were those whose whole contour nance wore not the reprobatory hue (as surrounded experienced it not; no muscle seemed an index to their hearts, hard-some men seem to think a tawny skin is) of the hard evil-faced slave-dealers was formed, ill-favoured, and tanned to semi-possessed by the others, and yet her sor- moved ; innumerable scenes of a similar blackness. The outragers of the laws of row was not less intense than her's whose description had calcined every vestige of nature-the bold defiers of God! bearing complexion had made her a slave. In humanity, and left nothing in their sordid human forms, but in whose breasts flowed | her arms she held a sweet infant, which breasts but the brutal or satanic avarice not a drop of human kindness—whose at intervals she pressed to her bosom in which their trade had begotten. names and deeds will live in endless exe-convulsive agony, as she gazed with “While Humanitas was making his incration -- whose calling all good men phrenzied emotion on the black for whom quiries, receiving an answer, and comabhor, and which, by God's providence, her tears flowed so profusely. The scene menting on the distressing circumstances, will, ere long, be blotted from our world was, in all its parts, a painfully interest- the sale was going on; a number of artias one of the foulest stains which mars ing and novel one. Humanitas felt it cles had been disposed of, and then a the beauty of the Almighty's moral and so; and, prompted by a strong desire to slave was brought forward. The rapacious intellectual kingdom—they were SLAVE ascertain, if possible, the cause of so pow- individuals before referred to pressed DEALERS!
erful a sympathy on the part of a white round her, and, with a degree of cruelty “A variety of articles were exposed person, so unusual, even in the female and indelicacy which could only be disfor sale, over which Humanitas cast a breast, in the brutalizing regions of slave- played by such besotted and beastlycareless eye; for, as they were composed ry, towards a slave, he enquired of some minded creatures, commenced their exchiefly of household requisites and imple- who were connected with the sale for a amination of her person, treating every ments of husbandry, there was not any solution of the mystery.
bone and muscle, of a being which bore thing in them calculated to engage his “A few words informed the inquirer the image of the great Creator, as if a attention. Scarcely, however, had he that the white person was the daughter beast of burden had stood before them: finished his vacant survey of the above of the late farmer, whose effects were she was soon disposed of; and then the varieties, before his eye was arrested by now to be disposed of, and that the slave slave to whom reference has been made another portion of property, ranged in a over whom she so affectionately wept was already was brought out, and, after unline with the horned cattle which flanked her foster-sister. From infancy they had dergoing the same mode of scrutiny, was the enclosure, the whole of which was to been associates—in childhood they were put up for sale. be disposed of by the fall of the hammer. undivided. The distinction which colour " I will not attempt a description of This was a group of unfortunate beings made in the eyes of some, to them was the maiden glow of shame and modest whose forefathers had been stolen from not known. The marriage of the farmer's indignation which passed over her fine the land of their birth, and these their daughter was the first cause of separation open countenance, and lit up her large hapless progeny were, therefore, adjudged they had ever known, and even then a keen eye, as the treatment of the merci. worthy to be branded by the opprobrious pain such as sisters only feel at parting less dealers was forced upon her, nor name, and treated with the barbarity, of was felt by each of them as they said the crushing agony which evidently slaves and beasts of burden.
Farewell! She had retired with her hus- wrung her soul, as she gazed, half“ The spirit of Humanitas groaned band to a distant part of the colony, and franticly, on her foster-sister, while the within him, and his whole soul rose in there received the mournful intelligence cruel jest and little-minded laugh curled indignation at the cruelty of his fellows, of her father's death, and the account of the lips of those by whom she was suras he surveyed the sable group; for once the public sale of his property; included rounded. Oh! no, no !-attempt here he blushed to think he was a man, or in this, she was certain, would be found would indeed be idleness, if not prothat, as being such, he was classed with the slave in question: her father's insol- fanity; the feeling heart can better conthe unlawful retainers of his fellow-men vent circumstances rendered this una- ceive of it than the most eloquent and in bondage. He viewed, through the voidable. With an affection which dis- ready pen can find language to describe medium of his own feelings, the unjust | tance, fatigue, and danger could not it. and inhuman system, a brief exhibition affect, she had travelled four hundred | “The sale proceeded with unusual spiof which he now surveyed; and, while miles, cheered by the hope of being able rit until it had reached the sum of two contemplating in his mind the fearful to purchase her freedom.
thousand rix dollars. There was eviresult which will, in all probability, at “The pleasing delusion which strength- dently a strong feeling of rivalry among some future day, proceed from the explo- ened and encouraged her, during the the dealers concerning the slave for which sion of so nefarious a system, he mentally fatigue of her toilsome journey, fled as they were bidding. Having, however,
reached the sum stated, they flagged gra- | sciousness, the voice of the stranger was, took her hand and led her to her fosterdually, the contest evidently subsiding; heard—' Three thousand one hundred sister, whose agony was still intense, to one after another ceased to bid, and, at dollars.' One hundred more,' shouted whom he presented her, saying, Receive length, two only maintained the strife. the dealer. ' Another hundred,' said the your friend, no longer as a slave, but as One was the agent of a clergyman's stranger. A look which would, had it your companion ; and, in your daily suplady, who, it was known, would treat her been possible, have annihilated his per- plications at the throne of grace, forget well; the other, the dealer, who had fully son, was given by the dealer, as he voci- not to implore a blessing on the head of made up his mind to possess her for the ferated, Fifty more.' ' Another fifty,' Major Mpurpose of letting her out as an animal continued the stranger. Fifty more,'|
* The stranger was an officer in the East India of labour. Two thousand five hundred shouted the dealer. 'One hundred more,'| Company's service. He had come to the Cape for dollars was the last bid, and a pause en- echoed the stranger; she is mine,' he his health ; and, while shooting on the mountains, sued; the dealer was now the highest added, with spirited firmness, at any bidder; expectation was on the tip-toe; price.' The pulse of the mortified and
videntially arrived in time to perform the noble ac
tion, than which none is more imposing in the all eyes were turned towards the auc- enraged trafficker in human beings might
compass of history. tioneer, and “any advance?" was asked have almost been heard as the unwelcome in an audible voice. Silence' conti. sounds saluted him. He had, however, nued, and the question was repeated proceeded as far as he dared, and there
THE CATARACT AND THE STREAMLET. when the attention of the company was fore answered not the repeated call of the
BY BERNARD BARTON. directed from the auction by the appear- auction man. “One, two, three,' at ance of three figures who were seen de- | proper intervals, was repeated ; and, at 1 Bursting in orandeur from its vantage-ground:
Noble the mountain-stream, scending the side of a mountain in the length, the hammer fell, the stranger be Glory is in its gleam distance. It appeared as if they were ing the purchaser at the sum of Three of brightness ;-thunder in its deafening sound! hastening to the sale, and, the lot which thousand four hundred and fifty rix dol- Mark, how its foamy spray, was now up being an important one, the lars. The business, although nearly ter- Tinged by the sun-beams with reflected dyes, seller felt something like obligation to minated, was not yet closed. Payment
Mimics the bow of day
Arching in majesty the vaulted skies ; suspend the fall of the hammer until they was to be made, and immediate payment reached the spot. The persons were soon was demanded. The gentleman offered
Thence, in a summer-shower, discovered to be a gentleman on horse his checque on the bank at Cape Town;
Steeping the rocks around :-0! tell me where back. accompanied by two Hottentot but the auctioneer, who experienced a Be cloth'd in forms more beautifully fair ?
Could majesty and power servants on foot.
degree of vexation at the disappointment Yet lovelier, in my view, " A few minutes only elapsed, during which his friend (the dealer) had met | The streamlet, flowing silently serene; which the auctioneer sipped some lemon- with, determined to throw every possible Traced by the brighter hue, ade, to assist him the better to support his obstacle in the way to prevent the bar | And livelier growth it gives ;-itself unseen! future garrulity, when the stranger rode gain, and therefore refused the checque. It flows through flowery meads, up. A large military cloak enveloped his The stranger looked perplexed, and 'ar- Gladdening the herds which on its margin browse ; whole person, so as entirely to cut off all gued the validity of the payment; but the alder
Its quiet beauty feeds
e payment; but The alders that o'ershade it with their boughs. possibility of ascertaining who he might the hammer-man was inexorable. be. He almost immediately dismounted, “Humanitas marked the conduct of the
Gently it murmurs by
The village church-yard :-its low, plaintive tone and, giving his horse to one of his ser- man carefully, and, as he did so, he felt A dirge-like melody vants, surveyed the things around him those pleasing emotions (for the exist- For worth and beauty modest as its own. with perfect indifference. The sale wentence of them he could not account), More gaily now it sweeps on-another bidding was made by the which the purchase of the slave by his By the school-house, in the sunshine bright; agent—the dealer followed the agent friend had created, suddenly subsiding. I And o'er the pebbles leaps, bid again, when, as if at once to close At this moment, his thoughts rested on
Like happy hearts by holiday made light. the protracted affair, the dealer shouted, the sum of which he was the bearer to the
May not its course express, · Three thousand rix dollars.' This clergyman, and, aware it could be re
| In characters which they who run may read,
The charms of gentleness, ended the struggle—the agent retired. placed in a day or two, he presented the
laced in a day or two, he presented the | Were but its still small voice allow'd to plead ? • Once, twice, responded he who held gentleman with it. Three thousand he
What are the trophies gain'd the hammer- is there no advance ?' He produced from his pocket, and, in silver, By power alone, with all its noise and strife, cast his eyes round the assembly with the they made up to the amount of fifty more - To that meek wreath, unstain's, inquisitiveness of his calling-neither between them ;-still the sum was not Won by the charities that gladden life? wink, nod, or voice, gave answer to his complete, and this modern Shylock de Niagara's streams might fail, question. A dead pause ensued-it was manded the whole, or its equivalent. The And human happiness be undisturb’d; fearful, but short. The hand of the auc- stranger hesitated a moment, and then
But Egypt would turn pale,
Were her still Nile's o'erflowing bounty curbid ! tioneer was again raised-when the poor drew forth a handsome gold watch and slave, in a tone of sublimated agony, appendages, and, throwing the whole on shrieked out, “Jesus, help me!' and, the table, concluded the purchase.
LINES clasping her hands wildly, fell senseless “ Still ignorant of her future fate, but Sent to a Lady by the Right Hon.
, after on the ground.
as if happy to have escaped from the staying late at her House the Night before. The shriek of the unfortunate thrilled power of the slave-dealer, the weeping,
Too late I staid-forgive the crime; through the ear of the stranger, and en- trembling creature rushed forward, and Unheeded flew the hours: tered his soul; and, while some simple fell at the feet of her purchaser. A scene How noiseless falls the foot of time, measure was employed to restore her to followed which baffles all description :
That only treads on flowers! animation, he looked round, as if seeking angels, in their messages of mercy to the What eye with clear account remarks information concerning what he had heard sons of men, might have been arrested in The ebbing of the glass, and saw. His gaze caught the eye of their flight, to notice and applaud it; but
When all its sands are diamond sparks,
Which dazzle as they pass ? Humanitas, who instantly recognized in the act received the approving smile of him an old friend. A brief but graphic Him who is the God of angels. The
Oh! who to sober measurement explanation was immediately furnished ; stranger bended over the prostrate female,
Time's happy swiftness brings,
When birds of Paradise have lent and, as the slave again returned to con- and, having raised her from the earth,
Their plumage to his wings ?
o explanatory remarks as I as Parliament may deject to such provision
an introduction t
gious instruction, and of the happy effects | subject which we propose inserting in our coTHE TOURIST. which have resulted from those enactments, lumns. Our readers will bear them in mind
they now turn round and falsify their own in the perusal of what may follow. We shall MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1832. averments, by representing the negro race as close this paper by a quotation from a letter
so debased in intellect and inorals as to be bearing date December 5, 1832, signed by
disqualified for discharging the simplest duties Thomas Pringle, Secretary to the Anti-Slavery THE SAFETY OF IMMEDIATE EMAN
of life unless coerced by the driver's whip. Society, and John Crisp, &c., from which it CIPATION.
They cannot expect a serious reply to such may be seen we have not written without
contradictions. Let them reconcile their pre- authority. The present position of the anti-slavery
sent statements with their former declarations, “ An explanation of the meaning of the cause must be highly gratifying to every friend
Kenm | before they venture to look honest men in the words 'immediate emancipation' having, in of humanity and religion. Considerable pro- before they venture to look honest men in t face.
some instances, been requested by the friends gress has been made during the last twelve
| It is amusing to observe how they pervert of the abolition of slavery, both the Anti-Slamonths in awakening public attention to the
our language. enormities of our slave system, and in inducing
Such conduct betrays their very and Agency Societies have considered
weakness, and thus strengthens our confidence that the following mode of putting the quesa general demand for its immediate and entire
of early victory. An honourable opponent tion may obviate the difficulty which some abolition. The people of this country have at
would not descend to the employment of such candidates, who are really favourable to ONI length ascertained the true nature of colonial
ineans; but it is not to be expected that the cause, have hitherto felt in giving an explicit slavery. Their honest judgments were for a long time deluded by colonial misrepresenta
advocates of oppression and cruelty should be answer in the affirmative.
very scrupulous about the methods they adopt. “ ' In the event of your becoming a member tions; and the friends of the negro had, in con
The phrase, immediate emancipation, has been of the next Parliament, will you vote for, and sequence, to deplore their supineness and in
interpreted to mean any thing rather than that strenuously support, the immediate abolition activity. But the information which has lately
which it has been employed by abolitionists to of colonial slavery, subject to such provisions been supplied to the public has effectually re
express. We have, therefore, thought it ad- | as Parliament may deem necessary in order to moved this delusion, and united all religious
visable to offer these explanatory remarks, as secure the industrious habits and orderly couand honest men in a deep and unmitigated
an introduction to a series of papers on this duct of the negroes ?' abhorrence of the slave system.
The progress of our cause is strikingly evinced in the altered language of our opponents. Instead of maintaining with a fearless front, as they were accustomed to do, the rectitude of this system, and the madness of attempting its overthrow or mitigation, they profess to regret its existence, and to be prepared for the adoption of measures which may ultimately secure its extinction. We must be excused if we say we do not rely on the honesty of such statements. Had we never looked into the records of colonial duplicity and oppression-had we never tracked the course of these men in other stages of the controversy—had we never been cognizant of the meanness and artifice by which they have often attempted to evade the demands of justice—we might rely on their good faith. But we know too much of their past history to be thus deluded any longer. After the experience which we have had of their tactics, we should be the veriest fools in creation if we suffered ourselves to be deceived once more.
What we demand is the immediate abolition of that system which makes man the property of his fellow-man. This request is perfectly compatible with the adoption of any regula
POPE'S VILLA AT TWICKENHAM, tions which Parliament may deem necessary for securing the good order and tranquillity of We extract the following short account, sure of an Englishman, who has more frethe new state of society. It cannot be sup- of the residence of Pope, represented in quent need to solicit than exclude the posed that the slave population of our colonies the above engraving, from his life by Dr. sun; but Pope's excavation was requisite are competent to the discharge of all those Johnson.
as an entrance to his garden; and, as some duties which devolve on the inhabitants of our « This year (1715) being. by the sub- men try to be proud of their defects. he highly civilized land. No such thought has entered the minds of abolitionists, however it
scription, enabled to live more by choice, extracted an ornament from an inconvemay have answered the purpose of their oppo
having persuaded his father to sell their nience, and vanity produced a grotto nents to attribute it to them. It is admitted estate at Benfield, he purchased, I think where necessity enforced a passage. It that regulations may be expedient in the colo only for his life, that house at Twicken- may frequently be remarked, of the stunies which would not be tolerated here. But, | ham, to which his residence afterwards dious and speculative, that they are proud in perfect consistency with an approval of such procured so much celebration, and re- of trifles, and that their amusements seem measures, we claim for the negro race—that
moved thither with his father and mother. frivolous and childish ; whether it be that they be no longer the goods or chattels of another, nor be subjected to the arbitrary will of
“Here he planted the vines and the quin- men, conscious of great reputation, think a capricious, sordid, or cruel master. Let them
cunx which his verses mention ; and, be-themselves above the reach of censure, have the protection, as well as the restraints, ing under the necessity of making a sub- and safe in the admission of negligent inof law. Let them share in the blessings of terraneous passage to a garden on the dulgences, or that mankind expect from that freedom which has long been naturalized other side of the road, he adorned it with elevated genius an uniformity of greatto our soil.
fossile bodies, and dignified it with the ness, and watch its degradation with maThe enemies of emancipation are at present
title of a grotto, a place of silence and re- | licious wonder; like him who, having folendeavouring to arm, in their defence, the fears of the public mind. After telling us, for
treat, from which he endeavoured to per- lowed with his eye an eagle into the clouds, years, of the measures which have been adopt- suade his friends and himself that cares should lament that she ev ed for the improvement of their slaves of the and passions could be excluded.
a perch.” provision which has beeu made for their reli- ! “A grotto is not often the wish or plea- The grotto alluded to by his biographer
has been immortalized by Pope in the Approach ; but awful! lo! th' Ægerian gros, a whole waggon-load of these new heretics (the
Where nobly pensive St. John sat and thought; Methodists); but, when he asked what they following lines :
| Where British sighs from dying Wyndham stole, had done, there was a deep silence, for that TO MY GROTTO AT TWICKENHAM, And the bright Aame was shot through March
was a point their conductors had forgot! At
mont's soul. Composed of Marbles, Spars, Gems, Ores, and Let such, such only, tread this sacred floor,
length one said, “Why, they pretend to be Minerals. Who dare to love their country, and be poor.
better than their neighbours; and, besides, they
pray from morning to night.' The magistrate Thou who shalt stop where Thames' translucent
asked, “But, have they done nothing besides ?' wave
• Yes, sir,' said an old man, 'an't please your Shines a broad mirror through the shadowy cave;
ANECDOTE. Where ling’ring drops from mín'ral roofs distil,
Worship, they have convarted my wife. Till And pointed crystals break the sparkling rill,
Mr. Wesley relates the following circum she went among them, she had such a tongue; Unpolish'd gems no ray on pride bestow, stance in one of his journals:
but now she is as quiet as a lamb. •Carry And latent metals innocently glow;
“I rode over to a neighbouring town, to them back, carry them back,' replied the Jus Approach! Great Nature studiously behold ! wait on a Justice of Peace, before whom, I was tice, and let them convert all the scolds in And eye the mine without a wish for gold. | informed, their angry neighbours had carried the town.'”
AMERICAN QUAKERS. ;
It is said of this great painter that, when the following Address to General Washington,
“Liberty of worshipping the Deity according the conversation in which he was engaged re
to the dictates of our conscience is not solely ferred to any thing that could be made an obthen President of the United States:
an indulgence of civil government, but the ject of the pencil, he used to take out his pencil · “We would neither trespass on thy time unalienable right of men, as long as they per- and draw it; giving as a reason, that, as poets nor on thy patience-to flatter were utterly in- form their civil obligations. Society can have paint by words, so painters should speak by consistent with our general behaviour; but, as no further demands. Men are only answerable their pencils. our principles and conduct have been subject to Heaven for their religious opinions. With | The gallery of the Farnese palace at Rome to misrepresentation, it is incumbent upon us, your principles and conduct I am not unac- is a standing monument of his attention in his by the strongest assurances, to testify our sin- quainted ; and I do the Quakers but common art. It took him up eight years to finish, and cere and loyal attachment to thee, and all those justice when I say that, except in the instance he was paid only five hundred gold crowns for set in authority over us. Our most fervent of their refusal to support the common cause it. He died of a broken heart, in consequence prayers to Heaven are, that thy presidentship of their fellow-citizens during the war, no sect of it, at the age of forty-nine; immortalizing no may prove no less a blessing to thyself than can boast of a greater number of useful and less the detestable avarice of his employer, Carthe community at large.
| dinal Farnese, than his own transcendentgeniusa
REVIEW OF LITERATURE. sent word back that he would meet me in the volume, and the evidences as to its genuine
library at the ninth hour. The time being come, ness suggested by its contents. And the first
the treasurer, the custos, and I, met at the library, circumstance to be noticed is, that it makes THE BOOK OF JASHER: with Testimonies and where the treasurer, having unlocked the chest,
no pretensions to inspiration, but most moNotes, Critical and Historical, Explanatory gave me the book ; then locked the chest and gave
destly purports to be a mere chronicle of tradiof the Text. Translated into English from the key to the custos, saying, that I was at liberty
tions. In the last verse of his fourth chapter, to read the volume as often as I would, in the the Hebrew by Flaccus ALBINUS, of Britain, presence of the custos and in the library. After
Jasher informs us, that he received all the inAbbot of Canterbury. 4to.
this, I had free access to the Book of Jasher. It is formation he communicates from his grandWe have the pleasure of introducing to our a large scroll, in width two feet three inches, and | father Hezron, his father Caleb, and his mother readers, in this volume, a work of no small in in length nine feet. It is written in large cha- Azuba. In the almost total absence, however, terest, whether its pretensions to antiquity be racters, and exceeding beautiful. The paper on of other books, it appears to have been well
which it is written is, for thickness, the eighth of known and credited among the Jews, from the genuine or spurious. It purports to be the Book of Jasher, quoted in the Old Testament,
an inch. To the touch it seemed as soft as velvet, kind of reference made to it in the sacred
and to the eye as white as snow. . in the books of Joshua and Samuel. Every
writings : “Behold, it is written in the Book of
The first thing that commanded my attention document which refers to so early and obscure
Jasher," 2 Sam. i. 18; and more especially in was a little scrolì, entitled, the Story of the Volume a period of the world's history, and which re
Joshua x. 13," Is not this written in the Book of Jasher. This informed me that Jasher was born cords events previously known to us only on in Goshen, in the land of Egypt, that he was the
of Jasher ?" Here the sentence being framed the testimony of divine revelation, must be an son of the mighty Caleb, who was general of the
as an appeal, clearly indicates the notoriety object of much curiosity; and this we will Hebrews, while Moses was with Jeshro, in Midian ;
and credence generally attaching to the volume. endeavour, in the present instance, to gratify, that, on the embassy to Pharaoh, Jasher was ap The greater part of it is a history of the events by bringing before our readers the evidences pointed verger to Moses and Aaron, to bear the recorded in the Pentateuch, with some inacwhich attest its authenticity, and some account rod before them; that, as he always accompanied curacies, and some remarkable omissions. of the subjects on which it treats.
Moses, Jasher must have had the greatest oppor Among the first may be mentioned the acThe Editor, to whom we owe the publica
tunities of knowing the facts he hath recorded ; count of the birth and preservation of Moses.
that, from his great attachment to truth and uption of the volume before us, states in the out
On this point Jasher appears to have been rightness, he early received his name; that Jasher misinformed; as he says nothing of his conset that he is unable to assert any thing respecting it, of his own knowledge, further than
cealment by his parents ; but simply states, ark in which it was contained was made in his lifethe account given by Alcuin,* the discoverer time; that he put the volume therein with his
that, on the issuing of Pharaoh's barbarous and translator of it; which, he says, carries own hand ; that Jazer, the eldest son of Jasher,
edict, he was taken by his mother to the prinwith it such an air of probability and truth, kept it during his life; that the princes of Judah cess, who compassiona that he does not doubt of its authenticity. I were successively the keepers of it: that the ark 1" And Pharaoh's daughter said, Give unto me This account we have condensed into the fol- and book, in the last Babylonish captivity, was the child. And they did so. And she said, lowing narrative :
taken from the Jews, and so fell into the hands of This shall be my son. And it came to pass I, Alcuin, was desirous of travelling into the the Persian monarchs; and that the city of Gazna | that the wrath of Pharaoh was turned away Holy Land and into Persia, in search of holy
had been the place of its residence for some hun- from slaying the males of the Hebrews. And things, and to see the wonders of the East. Í dreds of years.
the child Moses grew and increased in stature, took with me two companions, Thomas of Malmes
After reading the volume through, I conceived and was learned in all the magic of the bury, and John of Huntingdon, who learned with
a great desire of returning to England with a Egyptians.”_(Chap. v. ver. 12–14.) me the languages necessary to be known, under
transcript of it and the notes. In this wish we of the omissions of Jasher, the most sinable teachers : and, though we went as pilgrims,
met with the strong opposition of the treasurer; yet we took with us considerable riches. We em
il gular are the murder of Abel, and the Deluge. with whom, and with the recorder of the city, we
| It seems impossible to suppose that these barked at Bristol, and went first to Rome; where eventually succeeded by presents of gold, and so
events should not have been known to him ; the Pope blessed us, and encouraged us in our undertaking. From Rome we went to Greece,
library and in the presence of the custos. This especially as the story of them may be recogand thence to the Holy Land. After having vi
we conducted in the following manner :--the nized (more or less fantastically clothed) in sited every part of the Holy Land, particularly
manuscript was laid on the table, round which the some of those systems of pagan mythology, Bethlehem, Hebron, Mount Sinai, and the like,
custos and we sat. The custos opened the volume, which were constructed in a darkness that we crossed an arm of the Persian Gulf at Bassora,
and we read the first chapter, which we were per- scarcely received a single ray from the distant and went in a boat to Bagdad, and thence by land
mitted to set down in the original, from whence we light of revelation. It is also highly improto Ardevil, and so to Casbin. Here we learned,
made each a translation, and then the custos burnt bable that these omissions should bave been from an ascetic, that in the furthermost part of
the part we had transcribed. In this way we accidental: though, from what motives in the Persia, in the city of Gazna, was a manuscript in
proceeded to the end of the volume, and, after Hebrew of the Book of Jasher, which he reminded
and, after mind of the writer they arose, it is perhaps
much difficulty, obtained leave to depart with it them was twice mentioned in the Bible, and apfor England, after a solemn promise not to let any
difficult to conjecture.
With respect to the internal evidences to pealed to as a book of testimony. We immedi. person take a copy of it in any place we passed ately undertook the journey to Gazna, and, on through on our return.
the antiquity and genuineness of this book, arriving there, we laid aside the pilgrim's dress;
we think that nothing can be inferred from
Such is Alcuin's account of the volume beand I hired a house, where we dwelt during our fore us, and it embodies all the external evi- | Men are such imitative animals, and have
the similarity of its style to that of Moses. stay in the city-a period of three years. I soon became acquainted with the keeper of
dence respecting it which we are able to practised such successful frauds by means of the library, which belongs to the community of
furnish. Its subsequent history is more ob- this faculty, that we confess we assign no this city, and inquired of him concerning the
scurely stated by the Editor. "The following limits to the exercise of it, and consequently Book of Jasher, of which the recluse at Casbin
translation," he says in his advertisement, have but little faith in the species of evidence had told us. He said, he had read of such a “ was discovered by a gentleman in a journey | alluded to. We believe that the author of the manuscript in the catalogue of the library, but had through the North of England, in 1721. It “ Rejected Addresses” could have produced an never seen it, though he had been custos for forty- | lay by him for several years, until, in 1750, imitation of the style of the Pentateuch as five years; that it was locked up in a chest and there was a rumour of a new translation of close as any in the Book of Jasher. kept among the antiquities in a separate part of the Bible, when he laid it before a noble earl. The most satisfactory evidence of an interthe library. I made him a present of a wedge of Since 1751, the manuscript has been preserved nal kind, which has been suggested to our gold, in value filty pounds, and begged him to l with great care by a gentleman who lived to a mind by the perusal of this work, arises out of allow me to see the volume. He conducted me to
very advanced age, and died some time since a room where was the chest in which it was con
the many inaccuracies and omissions—some tained, but informed me that the key was in the
On the event of his death, a friend, to whom of which we have been specifying—in conhands of the city-treasurer. To the latter, how.
he had presented it, gave it to the present nexion with the general congruity of the narever, he introduced me, and told him the subEditor,” &c.
rative with the inspired books. For, if this stance of my request. The treasurer smiled, and Now, what can be the Editor's motive for document be not what it purports to be, the said, he was not then at leisure, but would consider of withholding the names of the parties alluded only admissible alternative is, that it was it. The next morning I sent John of Huntingdon to above, and so breaking the continuity of a written at a subsequent period, probably long to him with a wedge of gold, of the value of one simple and satisfactory account, we cannot after the date it professes to bear. Upon this hundred pounds, by way of a present; and he divine. Whatever it be, we esteem the omis- supposition the chief aim of the writer would
sion as more strongly invalidating the authen- | obviously have been to adhere as closely as • Alcuin flourished in the eighth century. He was one ticity of the document than any other fact it possible to the Mosaic record, in order to secure of the most distivguished ornaments of the court of Charlemagne, and founded the University of Paris in the year | PocS.
presents. But it is time to bring our readers any degree of attention from the only class of acquainted with the subject-matter of this persons who would be at all interested in his