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Of travelling-Of company The milk-taid and the banker Human learning; an apologue

342 The fair revenge

343 Drinking song

349 The bagpiper

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THE

FLOWERS OF LITERATURE.

ACCOUNT OF THE SHIPWRECK OF THE

MEDUSA FRIGATE.

In all the history of perils and sufferings encountered at sea, fertile as it is in terrific events, there is assuredly no darker page than that which contains the narrative of the shipwreck of the Medusa frigate. It may, indeed, justly be doubted whether any similar occurrence was ever marked by such circumstances of extreme horror. In many instances of shipwreck the mind is somewhat relieved and solaced by the contemplation of the patience, the fortitude, and the mutual kindness, displayed by the individuals who are the theme of the story; but, in this instance, no such consolation is afforded. All the bad passions seem to have conspired with natural dangers, to render the situation of the crew of the Medusa as terrible as imagination itself can possibly conceive.

The Medusa, of forty-four guns, in company with three other vessels, sailed from Rochefort on the 17th of June, 1816, to take possession of the French settlements on the river Gambia, which had been restored to France by the treaties of 1814 and 1815. As it was intended that the governor of Senegal, who was on board, should send out a party to ascertain the possibility of establishing a settlement near Cape Verd, this expedition was accompanied by a number of scientific men, agriculturists, and miners. The Medusa, on

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Half-pay : a scene in St. James's Park

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A dandy in the Highlands

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A ghost story

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The spectre bride

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Masaniello, the fisherman of Naples

205

The lawyer's farewell to his Muse

213

An honest courtier

215

Legal difficulty

217

Portuguese superstition

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Secrets of cabalism

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An account of Ciro Annichiarico

233

A tale of wonder

240

Legal risibilities—Thrice tried— The chancellor and Curran-

Cool impudence—The jury puzzled-Billingsgate rhetoric

- Passing sentence—The learned apothecary

243

A G or a J

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The stout gentleman : a stage-coach romance

253

Complaint of the dying

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Lines by the Hon. G. Tucker, of Virginia

294

Italy

268

The island of Calypso

270

The island of Ulysses

273

Burial-places near Constantinople

276

Anecdotes

278

The farmer and the counsellor

282

Description of the triumphal entry of king Charles I. into Edin.

284

Character of the late professor John Playfair, of Edinburgh 286

An American little great man

292

Marriage customs, &c. of various nations

298

Anecdotes of Garrick

312

Memoir of the princess Wolfenbuttle of Russia

Love at sale

317

La Maupin

319

The distresses of a bashful man

322

Brummelliana

328

Melancholy fate of a peasant

331

Extracts from Thomas Fuller-Of jesting-Of self-praising

-Of travelling-Of company

333

The milk-maid and the banker

340

Human learning ; an apologue

342

The fair revenge

343

Drinking song

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The bagpiper

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Lines written in Richmond church-yard, Yorkshire

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On respectable people

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Battle of Albuera

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