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the extraordinary good manners of the Onaminthé then gave,
« The Prince generality of the company (whether Regent;" after which other complica black, brown, or white) were truly ad- mentary toasts ensued on both sides. mirable ; which, in addition to their A band of music attended, and struck great attention and politeness to our- up a tune to every toast. The even selves, made a most favourable im- ing's amusement co neluded, as usual, pression. We danced quadrilles, (in with a ball. the Creole style), and now and then an The King, being on the frontiers at English country dance. The Haytians the time of our arrival, was not able are excellent dancers; their manners to reach Cape Henry before ten o'clock and dancing are, I fancy, a legacy this night. His arrival was announced from their former masters. Count by salutes fired from the different batOnaminthé, a very distinguished offi- teries. At day-break on Friday morucer, is one of the most elegant men I ing, he proceeded to visit the hospitals ever saw; and a very few minutes in and arsenal; and at ten, Sir Home his company made me forget the dif- Popham and party waited upon him ference of colour. This officer recei, at the palace, where we were received ved seven musket balls through his with every possible attention and rebody, and five bayonet wounds du- spect by the principal nobility, the ring the revolutionary war. Every Archbishop, and a guard of honour of thing here is transacted by beat of the Gardes-du-Corps, a very fine body drum ; and at private parties centinels of men, in uniform, with crimson fisare placed to facilitate the approach cings and gold lace. and departure of company. At the The entrance to the palace is both third night's ball, some of the ladies handsome and convenient. In the shewed an inclination to move off at hall are the prints of distinguished an early hour; which being perceived British statesmen, soldiers, and sailors, by the governor, orders were imme- together with several military and nadiately given to the centinels not to val victories. We were conducted
, permit them to pass, without being through two lines of officers, to a large franked by an English or Haytian and splendidly furnished room, red, officer.
dered delightfully cool by artificial On Thursday the 19th, the
governor means. The court-uniform of the gave a grand entertainment in honour officers is dark green, with crimson of the admiral
. We sat down, about facings, and a profusion of embroififty, to dinner. The entertainment dery; their pantaloons of white satin, was excellent, and conducted in very embroidered with gold. good style. The company consisted The more one sees of this interestof the principal people in Hayti ; ing country, the more one admires the among them was the Archbishop, á man, whose strong mind, indefatigable native of Cuba, of pure Spanish ex- conduct, and great natural abilities
, traction. He wore a very becoining have brought his subjects (previously sort of dress, uneommonly well calo sunk in the most degrading slavery culated for stage effect. It consisted and ignorance) to so high a state of of a long black satin robe, with an order, and even refinement; and not enormous gold crucifix suspended from less ought we to admire the people his neck. As soon as dinner was over, who are capable of receiving such 12the Duke of Marmalade, in a long pid acquirements. speech, proposed the “ health of the In a few minutes the King and his King of Great Britain, and perpetual son, the Prince Royal, entered the amity with the great nation over which room, by a door opposite where we
be he reigns.” This was drank with great were placed. The ease and dignified applause. Sir Home Popham then, elegance of his deportinent did not fal in a complimentary speech, gave, thé to excite our admiration. He was “ Health of the Good King Henry.” dressed in a plain green coat, decorated The Haytians appeared to devour with the grand cross of the Order of every word he uttered, and received St Henry, white satin breeches, and the toast with more enthusiasm than I crimson Morocco boots. Though c. ever witnessed. This was followed by vered upon his entrance, he soon took several patriotic songs, which my very off his hat, and desired us to be seata slight knowledge of French did not ed. His hair is perfectly gray, permit me fully to understand.
Count countenance very intelligent, and his
whole person well proportioned ; his ment my strength ; I fear that it would manners are particularly pleasing, require more than I am master of even without the slightest appearance of to lift so stout a fellow.” He then affectation or arrogance.
changed his note to a more serious, He first addressed himself to the subject, and talked of his eldest son, Admiral, congratulating him on his who had been treacherously strangled arrival, and expressing his hope that by the French; this he did in a very * he intended to make a long visit ; re- feeling manner, at the same time exgretting, at the same time, that, on pressing his abhorence of their whole account of his distance from Cape nation. Henry, he had been prevented recei- Shortly after this we took leave ; ving him before, but trusting that the King assuring the Admiral of his Baron Dupuy had done his duty in great respect for magnanimous Engarranging every thing to Sir Home's land! The same evening he set off satisfaction. He then complimented for Sans Souci, as the heat of Cape him on his well-known abilities, said Henry does not agree with him. Whehe was no stranger to the services he ther in a carriage or on horseback, he hal done his country, mentioned the constantly travels at full gallop, and is Popham code of signals now used in capable of undergoing any degree of the navy, and concluded by inviting fatigue or privation ; although, when us to his Palace of Sans Souci, which, at home, he lives in a luxurious manI regret to say, the Admiral did not accept, being anxious to return to Ja- On Saturday morning I breakfasted maica, whence he had been absent with the Archbishop, who received me about two months—a much longer with the kindest cordiality. It was his period than he had made arrangements intention to have given the Admiral an for at the time of sailing.
entertainment, and he had made his arThe King then spoke to each of us, rangements for that purpose, which he quite in a familiar manner; his whole took care to shew me. A large table conversation was highly flattering to was placed in his principal room, that England. The Prince Royal, only fif- would have answered for sixty people, teen years old, is one of the fattest and all his other preparations manifellows I ever saw, and, from his ap- fested great liberality. His house is pearance, might easily pass for ten ornamented with English pictures and years older. His dress was as superb prints. I particularly noticed several is gold, silver, and jewels could make of Cardinal Wolsey, at the different t. In his hat he wore a large plume of periods of his extraordinary life. In ystrich feathers, which had a very be- his library, I observed a large collection coming effect. I was told, he is a very of English sermons, presented by Mr good-natured boisterous lad.
Wilberforce. The same thing I reAfter remaining half an hour, we marked at Baron Dupuy's. In fact, a 'etired, leaving the Admiral and the constant correspondence is kept up by (ingtête-à-tête. Their conference last- that excellent man and several of the xl about two hours, during which we Haytians. waited in a room below. All kinds of The Adiniral's long absence from efreshments were handed in, by a pro- Jamaica induced him to embark this usion of servants, in green and gold evening, much to the regret of us all; iveries. By the time we had nearly for I never spent a more agreeable alked ourselves asleep, the King and week than at Cape Henry, and I never he Admiral came into our room. His met with so much kindness and hosMajesty began to speak in a witty pitality. On Sunday, the 23d, we sailtrain, and laughed heartily at the ma- ed for Port Royal. evolence of the French, who make a No man could be better calculated practice of inventing the most ridicu- to make a favourable impression than ous stories about him. Amongst others, Sir Home Popham; his engaging manle mentioned one that lately appeared ners, and enlightened understanding, in their newspapers, of his having, in made him popular with every one. paroxysm of rage, thrown the Prince If you are not heartily fatigued with loyal from a window of the palace for this long story, my dear ******, I shall laving disturbed his sleep. "Pointing give you credit for more patience than o his son, he laughingly observed, generally falls to the lot of mortals; but * These Frenchmen highly compli- I could go on for ever, so pleasing are
my recollections of our amiable Haytian the Queen of Hayti is commander. It friends. I send you with thisa Court-Al- consists of fifty women, dressed after manack, which contains the same de- the fashion of Amazons, and armed scription of information that our Red with bows and arrows and sabres. I did Book does. You must not laugh at the not see them, but was informed their Duke of Marmalade's and Count Le- costume was particularly handsome and monade's titles, as they take them from rich. These ladies are not intended for places that received those names from actual service, but merely as an addia the French.
tion to the queen's retinde, as well as At our departure, the King made a memorial of some female patriots
, us liberal presents of wine, live stock, who particularly distinguished them preserves, fruit, &c. which we found selves during the revolution. The on board, without any intimation ha- quarters of this troop are Sans Souci. ving been made of such an intention. They are, generally, ladies of rank. ! With
heard a good deal of the beauty of &c. &c.
their horses, which are selected for them Yours, &c.
throughout the whole kingdom. You G. W.C. will receive with this some Haytian
publications and gazettes, together with P. S.-On reading over this long a liturgy of the Church of Hayti, which letter, I find I have omitted to men- a good deal resembles our own. tion a rather singular corps, of which
Whom Zephyr's balmiest kisses woo ; Reine de l'empire de Flore,
Whose hand the floral sceptre rears, Háte-toi de t'epanouir !
O haste and burst upon our view !
L'Esprit DU PEOPLE.
Montés chacun sur un treteau :
L'un vend force poisons, distillés dans une eau
Il attroupe la populace.
Pour rien debite un antidote :
On s'en moque ; on le fuit comme on fou qui radote,
Whose treacherous crystal cheats the vulgar eye;
The concourse thickens round, to taste--and die.
An antidote the other offers gratis :
But then his garb--Heaven knows how little gay 'tis ;
Qual madre i figli con pietoso affetto
Mira, e d'amor si strugge a lor davante ;
Uno tien sù i ginocchi, un sulle piante.
Lor voglie intende si diverse e tante ;
E se ride o s'adira, e sempre amante
voi Provvidenza alta infinita
E se niega talor grazia o mercede-
A mother gaze and yearn with love's fond throes;
Clasps one, and this on foot and that on knee
Or look, their various vast ambitions shows,
Here she a glance, and there a word bestows
Soothing now him that wants, now him that grieves;
And if some blessings unbestow'd he leaves,
Or seems but to withhold, and in withholding gives.
Ancient National Melodies.
Chantington, Nov. 25, 1821.
Our ancient English mel lies
Are banish'd out of doors;
Signoras and Signors.
These strains I hate,
Like a pig in a gate. For which reason, I have resolved to go over Ritson's Collection, and Tom Durfey's Pills to purge Melancholy, selecting from these too much neglected works such genuine old National airs as may seem most worthy of revival, and soliciting from your all-powerful imprimatur, the most effectual patronage which they can need, or I myself desire. Occasionally it may be proper to alter the words a little, so as to suit the occasions and sentiments of the day; and thus it is that I choose to begin my series with the following rifacciamento of that excellent chaunt which stands 43d in the collection of Ritson's Miscellaneous Songs. See Vol. II. p. 156. I am, Sir, your most obedient servant,
To the Tune of “ The Old Courtier and the New.
With an old song that is quite gone out of date, Of an old Ci - ti - zen of
London town who dwelt by Aldgate, Who kept close to his shop as became
his estate, And with plays and with po-ems sel-dom troubled his pate,
Like an old Cockney of King Lud's, [and King Lud's old Cockney.]
Like an old Cockney of King Lud's,
[and King Lud's old Cockney.]