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readers thus disproportionately long on his character, when it is added that he was-a Methodist. The information is conveyed in the following form:

• He at once accepted the appointment, though not without some painful struggles to his feelings. It seems he had a sort of presenti. ment that he should never return, and that the expectation of such an event became weaker and weaker, as his country faded from his view. His conduct, however, during the voyage out, does not appear to have been influenced by this feeling ; nor was his exertions at all relaxed by an occasional" lowness of spirits, which was, perhaps, partly constitutional, and owing partly to the gloomy view taken of Christianity by that sect denominated Methodists, of which, it seems, he was a member. He is represented, however, by his friends, as * sincere Christian, an affectionate parent, and a kind friend.'

After the description of the progress of his illness, it is added,

• In the evening he expired, " after uttering,” says Mr. Fitzmaurice, “ a devout prayer for the welfare of his family, and with the name of his wife quivering on his lips.” He was of that order of Dissenters who are called Methodists, and if I may judge from external appearances, he was an affectionate husband and father, a sincere friend, a pious, honest, and good man.

He died in the 31st age,

and was buried at Embomma.' All these worthy and amiable qualities, and among them sincere Christianity, he possessed, it seems, notwithstanding and in spite of his being a Methodist, if we may interpret the Editor's however,' according to the most usual significance of that adverb. As to his lowness of spirits, without knowing to what doctrinal class of religionists precisely the denomination here given him should assign him, we can well believe that since his Metbodisin must at all events bave included a reve. rence for the Almighty, a disapprobation and dread of sin, and an habitual view to a future state, he might really be, as a man of much moral sensibility, not unfrequently subject to feelings of depression and forebodings of disaster. For it is too evident, we fear, from various circumstances and implications, that must of the associates with whom he was inseparably committed in the enterprise, were of an irreligious and profligate character. Among such men, bound on an expedition of much bazard, in which it would be apt to appear to bis Methodism a thing of ill omen that all fear of God should be thrown away, he would assuredly have many grievous and gloomy musings, even had he not been made by them, not improbably on this very account, a direct object of ridicule, which we learn to have been the fact, froin a remarkable passage in the Journal of Professor Smith, written pot far from the line. Poor Cranch is almost too mach the object of jest. Galwey is the principal banterer.' It is not said that his religion was the chief butt of the jeers, but we think this is not at all an improbable surinise; and supposing it to be the fact, what a striking subject for reflection is

presented, in an assemblage of elated jocund beings, under the doom of being almost all dead within a few weeks, bantering the grave and pensive feelings of perbaps the only associate that seriously contemplated any such subject!

On the 16th of February, 1816, the Congo sloop and the Dorothy transport quitted Deptford, bearing so many sanguine hopes, to be disappointed, and so many accomplished men, never to return. As the latter vessel has been subsequently appointed to the Polar Expedition, we presume it was in the end ascertained that some mismanagement in the stowage was the cause of that 'heavy rolling' of which Captain Tuckey, in his Narrative, complains as a grievous nuisance to all on hoard. * We were obliged,' he says, 'to submit to this discomfort, by

wbich we could neither take our meals, sleep, walk the deck, or even sit down to write, with any satisfaction.'

In order to effect some repairs of the Congo, the expedition, on the 9th of April, put into Porto Praya, in St. Jago, during the run to which island every practicable examination was made of the animal products of the sea. The short stay there was actively improved by the naturalists, to whose observations are added a number of curious notices of the state and character of the government and the people. The paltry ceremonial of popery, the blended consequence and beggarliness of the persons of office, the most wretched but not therefore unostentatious show of fortification and military state, the degradation yet without misery, in our sepse of the word, of the negro population, and the barren state of a great part of the island, combined with its apparent natural capabilities, formed, altogether, a most grotesque exbibition. As to Porto Praya, the Narrator says, . This capital of the *Cape Verde islands consists of threerows of hovels, constructed

of stones and mud, and thatched with branches of the date tree, and chiefly inhabited by negroes.' The highest peak of the island is estimated at 4500 feet of elevation. There is a long detail of Professor Smith's botanical observations.

On Good Friday they quitted the port, occupied at that season with all the solemn fopperies of the cburch ; and with that conscientious deference which it is characteristic of Englishmen to manifest toward all religions in the world but the true, they made their sign of homage to the sanctitites of the Romish calendar.

• In compliment to the religion of the place, we this morning, being Good Friday, hoisted the colours half-mast, the fort having done so, and the Portuguese vessels putting themselves in mourning by topping their masts up and down.'

It is possible enough that the Methodist Cranch incurred the displeasure of his religious associates, by some profane remark on this Protestant act of piety.

In the neighbourhood of the line, they had a long and severe

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trial of patience, in the baffled and very tardy progress they were condemned to make, through the combination of adverse currents, with that succession of squalls, calms, and rains, which • would seem to be entailed,' says Capt. T. as an everlasting

curse on this region of the Atlantic.' He bad great difficulty in enforcing on the crew an attention to the indispensable precautions against the malignant effect of the damp sultry weather on their health. From their stupid negligence seven of them were attacked with fevers when the rain had lasted but two days. There was no way to save the rest but by an exemplary flogging of one of the most refractory.

The great variety of the animal phenomena of the sea, alleviated, in some measure, the distressing tediousness of this part of the voyage. These were succeeded, on the arrival off Malemba point, by the first exbibitions presented of the rational animal of the African continent.

• We were surprised by a visit from the Mafook, or king's mer. chant, of Malemba, accompanied by several other negro gentlemen, and a large cortege of attendants, in an European built four-oared boat and two canoes, one of which latter preceded the boat to announce the great man, and the officer in her introduced himself by letting us know, that “ he was a gentleman, and his name was Tom Liverpool."

There was the greatest difficulty to convince the Mafook that the vessels were not come for a cargo of slaves, which he had ready in such quantity, under the denomination of captives, that he would sell them, he said, at half their value. When compelled at last to believe that the Captain wanted no such commodity, he very liberally began to abuse the sovereigns of

Europe, for having so little consulted, of late, the prosperity of the Malemba mart. It was ungrateful of him to forget their long preceding course of favours, and the benevolent reluctance with which they had been withdrawn. He however did the Portuguese sovereign the justice to acknowledge, that though bis subjects were formally prohibited the traffic in slaves to the north of Cabenda, where dine of their ships and one Spaniard were at that time stationed, they were not prevented from sending their boats on this service up to Malemba.

These gentlemen were dressed and decked in a motley style of extravagant ' puppyism,' the vanity of the wearer presiding in a ludicrous strife of European and African shreds and trinkets. The farrago was completed by the matters of superstition.

• All were loaded with fetiches of the most heterogeneous kinds ; bits of shells, horns, stone, rags, &c. &c.; but the most prized seemed to be a monkey's bone, to which they paid the same worship that a good catholic would do to the os sacrum of his patron saint. The master fetiche of the Mafook was a piece of most indecent sculpture representing two men, surrounded by the tips of goat's horns, shells,

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and other rubbish, and slung over the shoulder with a belt of the skin of a snake. The features of these sculptured figures, instead of being Negro, as might be expected, were entirely Egyptian; the nose aquiline, and the forehead high.'

But costume, fetiches, and all, were of less account with these gentry, than the brandy bottle. For the sake of this they stuck to the ship day and night. In quest of the same luxury more gentlemen' came off to the ship, but were forced to go back ungratisied, and forced also, much to the mortification of both the gangs, to take with them the sols and coxcombs who had too long infested it.

It was found, as indeed Capt. T. says he expected to find, that in the most recent charts the coast is very erroneously laid down from Loango Bay to the mouth of the Zaire. As the expedition was now approaching the destined scene, the Captain very properly issued a paper of orders and admonitions, bighly appropriate and judicious, with an exception which every reader of moral principle will be compelled to make. In cautioning. against any conduct toward the females, inconsistent with the established regulations in the native coinmunities, be suggests, As if for the very purpose of averting any imputation of a morul intention in instruction, that the men of these communities would probably be ready with voluptary offers of their female relatives. As to the philosophical objects of the expedition, the orders were carefully and minutely framed to afford every possible facility and security to the operations iu the department of the scientific gentleinen.

The arrival of the Zaire in the channel, was indicated, somewhat sooner than the Captain bad expected, by the ship's passing, in the short interval between two casts of the plummet, from a depth of eighteen fathoms to one in which no bottom was found at a hundred and filty. If this was a depth surpassing every description and expectation : the velocity of the current was, on the other hand, very inferior to what he bad reason to anticipate, not exceeding two iniles an hour. A fresh breeze carried him across this fathomless channel in about an hour, to soundings in twenty-three fathoms, as suddenly found as those on the other side had been lost. By currents, mud-banks, eddies, ground-swells, and fickle breezes, it was rendered a matter of considerable difficulty to get fairly into the river ; while the visits of dirty tippling insolent Masooks, and the sight of slave ships, administered but little of the nature of heroic stimulus in the labour,

Whatever offensive and noxious properties might be expected to be encountered in the physical state of such a region, were fully rivalled by those of its moral climate, as displayed in a combination of popery and paganism, between which it would be dificult to decide the excess of vileness.

• Several of the Sonio men who came on board were Christians, after the Portuguese fashion, having been converted by missionaries of that nation; and one of them was even qualified to lead his fellow negroes into the path of salvation, as appeared from a diploma with which he was furnished. This man, and another of the Christians, had been taught to write their own names and that of St. Antonio, and could also read the Romish litany in Latin. All these converts were loaded with crucifixes, and satchels containing the pretended relics of saints, certainly of equal efficacy with the monkey's bone of their pagan brethren. Of this we had a convincing proof in each vociferating invocations to their respective patrons, to send us a strong wind, neither the fetiche nor Saint Antonio having condescended to hear their prayers. The Christian priest was however somewhat loose in his practical morality, having, as he assured us, one wife and five concubines; and added, that St. Peter, in confining him to one wife, did not prohibit his solacing himself with as many bandmaids as he could manage.

• All our visitors, whether Christians or idolaters, had figures raised on their skins, in cicatrices, and had also the two upper front teeth filed away on the near sides, so as to form a large opening, into which they stuck their pipes, and which is so perfectly adapted to the purpose, that I thought it expressly formed for it; until on enquiry I learned, that, as well as the raised figures on the skin, it was merely ornamental, and principally done with the idea of rendering themselves agreeable to the women, who, it seems, estimate a man's beauty by the wideness of this cavity, which in some measured near an inch, the whole of the teeth, and particularly the two front ones, being enormously broad, and very white.

• Our Sonio visitors were almost without exception sulky looking vagabonds, dirty, swarming with lice, and scaled all over with the itch, all strong symptoms of their having been civilized by the Portuguese.'

They are, into the bargain, very sharp and very exorbitant in their traffic, and prompt and certain to seize every roguish advantage.

• The method of closing a bargain, and giving a receipt, is by the buyer and seller breaking a blade of grass or a leaf between them; and until this ceremony is performed, no bargain is legally concluded, though the parties may have possession of each other's goods; this we only learned by experience, for having bought, and as we thought, paid for a couple of fowls, they were immediately slaughtered for dinner, but the owner taking advantage of the omission of the ceremony, pretended that he had not concluded the bargain, and insisted on another glass, which we were obliged to give him, but profited by the lesson.'

It being found almost impossible to make the detestable 'transport, the ' brute of a transport,' ascend the river, a hasty transhipment was made to the Congo and the double boats, in order to push the expedition forward. Though a very noble stream, the Zaire did not appear, as the explorers advanced, to correspond to the reports and descriptions which had placed it

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