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tion of land which once joined Gibraltar to the coast of Africa. As à corollary from this hypothesis, he believed that all the islands which are now found in the Mediterranean were, previously to this increase of the embryo lake, attached to the continent. At the instance of his friend, M. SONNINI sounded the Streight between Sicily and Malta in a variety of places as he passed ; and, in the shallowness of the water between those islands, he conceives that he found a corroboration of Buffon's hypothesis.
İn his account of Malta, the author charges our countrymani Brydone with misrepresentation or mistake :*
• Brydone,' says he, • has amused himself with telling talcs, re. specting the knights of Malta, somewhat similar to those of which poor Madame Montagne, at Palermo, is the subject. On my arrival I found the public mind violently exasperated against him, and there was but too much ground for it. The truth is, he describes the manner of life of the chevaliers, without having been in intimacy with a single one, during the whole time of his residence in the island: his picture, and this is not the only occasion on which the same reproachi may be addressed to him, is far from being a likeness ; and when he speaks of the mode of duelling between the knights, of the crosses painted on the wall opposite to the spot where one of them has been killed, of the punishments incurred by such as refuse a challenge to they are so many errors escaped from his pen, deceived, undoubtedly, by lying reports, and too inconsiderately adopted. For my own part, I found the utmost politeness of behaviour, and the kindest attentions in the society of the members of the order with whom I had any connection, and I recollect with gratitude the warm reception and the cordial civilities which I met with from several of them, and particularly from citizen Dolomieux, whom the sciences have ranked in the number of their most respected and most illustrious partisans.
He is not more indulgent to M. Savary, whom he scruples not to charge with having written his letters on Upper Egypt without having set foot in the country. To those parts of that elegant work which relate to Lower Egypt, however, he pays the well-deserved tribute of applause.
From Malta, the writer passed to the isle of Candia, and thence to Alexandria. His observations on the former he reserves for his Travels through Greece, with which he promises shortly to oblige the public.
After having described the dangers of navigation on the coast of Egypt, and particularly in approaching Alexandria, the author gives an account of that city in its modern state. The
. A translation of M. SONNini's work, executed by Henry Hunter, D. D. in 3 Vols. 8vo. price il. 73. (sold by Stockdale) has just appeared. From this version, we shall copy our extracts. + Tour through Sicily and Malta, vol. i. p. 363, &c. Rr2
following extracts contain the most interesting of the parti'culars:
• The new city, or rather the town of Alexandria, is built, the greatest part of it at least, on the brink of the sea. Its houses, like all
those of the Levant; have flat terrace roofs: they have no windows, and the apertures which supply their place are almost entirely obstructed by a wooden lattice projecting, of various forms, and so close, that the light can hardly force a passage. In those countries, more than
any where else, such inventions, which transform a mansion into a prison, are real jalousies (jealousies, window-blinds). It is througir this grate of iron or wood, sometimes of elegant construction, that beauty is permitted to see what is passing without, bat eternally de. prived of the privilege of being sečn; it is in this state of hopeless seclusion that, far from receiving the homage which nature demands to be paid to it by every being possessed of sensibility, it meets only 'contempt and outrage; it is there, in a word, that one part of the hu. 'man race, 'abusing the odious right of the more powerful, retains in de grading servitude the other part, whose charms alone ought to have had the power to soften both the ruggedness of the soil and the fero. 'city of their tyrants.
• Narrow and aukwardly disposed streets are without pavement as without police; no public edifice, no private building arrests tke eye of the traveller, and, on the supposition that the fragments of the old city had not attracted his attention, he would find no object in the present one that could supply matter for a moment's thought. Turks, Arabians, Barbaresques, Cophts, Christians of Syria, Jews, constituted a population which may be estimated at five thousand, as far as an estimation can be made in a conntry where there is no register kept of any thing. Commerce attracts thither besides, from all the countries of the east, strangers whose residence is extremely transient. This motley assemblage of the men of different nations, jealous of, and almost always hostile to each other, would present to the ese of the observer a singular mixture of customs, manners, and dress, if a resort of thieves and robbers could repay the trouble of observation.'
• If there be altars dedicated to the demon of Revenge, in Egypt une doubtedly are the temples which contain them : there she is the goddess, or rather the tyrant of the human heart. Not only the generality of the men, whose combination constituted the mass of the inhas bitants, never forgive, but, however signal the reparation made, they never rest satisfied till they have themselves dipped their hands in the blood of the person whom they have declared to be their enemy.
Though they sn.other resentment long, and disse mble till they find a favourable opportunity to glut it, the effects are not the less terrible : they are not for that more conformable to the principles of reason. If a European, or, to use their term, a Franc, has provoked their animosity, they let it fall without discrimination on the head of a European, without troubling themselves to enquire whether the party were the relation, the friend, or even the compatriot of the person from whom they received the offenče: thus they purge their resentment of the only pretext which could plead its excuse, and their vengeance is downright atrocity,'9
< The Arabic is the language generally spoken at Alexandria, as well as all over Egypt.. But most of the Alexandrians, those in particular whom commercial intercourse brings into contact with the merchants of Europe, speak likewise the Italian, adopted in the ports of the Levant. The moresso or lingua franca is likewise spoken there; it is a compound of bad Italian, Spanish, and Arabic. A stranger could, more easily there than any where else, provide himself with domestics, who, if they were not of approved fidelity, had at least the facility of making themselves understood by persons not well versed in the Arabic. A Serdar, an officer of nó great consideration, had the command there, and his power did not always extend so far as to overawe an ungovernable populace. • A wide extent of sand and dust, an accur
cumulation of rubbish, was an abode worthy of the colony of Alexandria, and every day they were labouring hard to increase the horror of it. Columns subverted and scattered about; a few other still upright, but isolated; mutilated statues, capitals, entablatures, fragments of every species overspread the ground with which it is surrounded. It is impossible to advance a step, without kicking, if I may use the expression, against some of those wrecks. It is the hideous theatre of destruction the most horrible. The soul is saddened, on contemplating those remains of grandeur and magnificence, and is roused into indignation againsť the barbarians who dared to apply a sacrilegious hand to monumeuts which time, the most pitiless of devourers, would have respected.'
Of the antiquities of the neighbourhood of this city, the Needles of Cleopatra, Pompey's Pillar, &c. the reader will here find a description ; and he will perhaps be diverted with the sanguine hope of the Frenchman, that Pompey's Pillar, since distinguished by having been the head-quarters of Bonaparte, and by having the French who fell in the attack on Alexandria buried round its base, will be called by posterity THE COLUME OF THE FRENCH! He even suggests the practicabia lity of transporting the pillar itself to the Place de la Revolution in Paris; where, with a colossal statue of liberty on its capital, it could not fail to produce a most majestic effect*.
The vaulted cisterns of Alexandria, so immense as to have supported the whole extent of the antient town, and which are acknowleged to have been among the proudest monuments of former greatness, our author was not so fortunate as to see. We find, however, a description of the canal which receives the waters of the Nile at Fouah, and conveys them about forty miles to Alexandria ; --and which the indolence of the Alex andrines is suffering daily to fall to ruin, though the existence of their city depends on its preservation. The Catacombs fyra nish another interesting topic ; as do also the Cameleon, and
* Dr. Hunter, in a note in his translation, properly censures the injustice of this appropriating, self-aggrandizing principle.
the Jackall, which ventures to seeks its prey even in the streets of Alexandria.
From Alexandria to Rosetta, the traveller passcs, if not a desert, at least a tract which differs from a desert only by a few houses built at great distances, and a small village seen from the road. Near Rosetta, the scene changes as if by enchantment; and almost instantly, instead of miserable ruins, and plains of hideous sterility, the delighted passenger is charmed by a view of nature cioathed in her richest dress, and wantoning in gay profusion. Rosetta itself, compared with Alexandria, is as delightful as its charming environs. In depicting this scene, the author seems to have deeply felt its beauty; and his description will be read with pleasure': but we conceive that our readers will be still more gratified by the account which he gives of the customs and manners of the inhabitants of Rosetta.
• The most ordinary pastime here, as well as all over Turkey, is to smoke, and drink coffee. The pipe is never from the mouth from morning to night : at home, in the houses of others, in the streets, on horseback, the lighted pipe is still in hand, and the tobacco-pouch hangs always at the girdle. These constitute two great objects of luxury; the purses which serve to contain the provision, are of silken stuffs richly embroidered, and the tubes of the pipes, of an excessive length, are of the rarest, and, for the most part, of the sweetest scented wood. I brought home one made of the jasmine-tree, which. is more than six feet long: it may convey an idea of the beauty of the jasınines of those countries, seeing they push out branches of that length, straight, and sufficiently large to admit of being bored. The pipts of more common wood are covered with a robe of silk tied with threads of gold. The poor, with whom the smoke of tobacco is a necessary of first rate importance, make use of simple tubes of reed, The top of the pipe is garnished with a species of mock alabaster, and white as milk : it is frequently enriched with precious stones. Among persons less opulent, the place of this is supplied by faucets.' What goes into the mouth is a morsel of yellow amber, the mild and sweet savour of which, when it is heated or lightly pressed, contributes toward correcting the pungent flavour of the tobacco. To the other extremity of those tubes are adapted very handsome cups of baked clay, and which are commonly denominated the nuts of the pipes. Some of them are marbled with various colours, and pļated over with gold-leaf. You find them of various sizes : those in most general use through Egypt are more capacious ; they are, at the same time, of greater distention. Almost all of them are imported from Turkey, and the reddish clay of which they are formed is found in the environs of Constantinople.
• It is difficult for Frenchmen, especially for those who are not in the habit of seorching their mouth with our short pipes and strong tobacco, to conceive the possibility of smoking all day long. First, the Turkish tobacco is the best and the mildest in the world; it has nothing of that sharpness which, in European countries, provokes ą.
continual disposition to spit; next, the length of the tube into which
* Being ourselves fond of an easy chair and an indolent posture, we cannot subscribe to this observation: but we admit that it comes with a sufficiently good grace from an indefatigable traveller. Rer.