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the 4th of October, 1823, he introduced himself to the brave and unfortunate Riego, who had the frankness to declare in the first interview, that he had very few officers on whom he could depend. On the 9th, he tried his sword in a skirmish with the French detachment, and, at the expense of a wound, procured for himself the distinction of being appointed the General's first aide de camp. On the 14th, all was over. The final overthrow of the shattered forces which still acknowledged Riego as their leader, is narrated in the following terms:
• In about an hour afterwards the drums beat to arms; I ran to the stable and bridled my horse, and then called the General, who was much alarmed at the drums beating. We mounted our horses and rode to the field ; our cavalry were formed upon the plains on the right, in order to charge the enemy as they advanced ; some of our infantry were lying in ambush in the vineyards, and some on the main road ready to form squares.
Our Guerilla parties were upon the heights; and as the enemy advanced, they fired in upon them, which had great effect and disordered them very much. But per. ceiving that our cavalry did not charge them, as they ought to have done, the enemy continued to advance : had our cavalry charged them, we should have dispersed them at the first onset ; but their neglecting to do so gave the enemy fresh courage; and finding that our army was disordered, they kept advancing in parties, to make us believe that they were much stronger than they actually were. I am sorry to confess that their stratagem had the desired effect; for on our cavalry seeing them, they shamefully turned round and fled. My poor brave Guerillas kept up a constant fire, until they had not a cartridge left; they were then obliged to throw away their arms, and make their escape as well as they could.'
The sequel is too well known. They were betrayed by the people of the first house in which they sought a lodging, and were ultimately transmitted under a strong guard to Madrid, where they arrived on the 2nd of October. On the 8th of the following month, Riego was basely and cruelly executed by order of the absolute monarch. His poor aide-de-camp was
oomed to pay the penalty of a ten days campaign, by a six months solitary incarceration in a gloomy and filthy dungeon, in which it was probably expected and intended, that he should terminate his life. He appears to have been indebted for his liberty to the good offices of Mr. Bowring. Mr. Matthewes appears to be an open-hearted, spirited, rash, impetuous young man, whose talents only want to be rightly directed, and his feelings to be guided into a proper channel, to make him an honour to his profession.
ART. XII. SELECT LITERARY INFORMATION.
In the press, and speedily will be pub- The Rev. Miles Jackson, Minister of lisbed, Schleusner's New Testament St. Paul's Church, Leeds, bas a new Lexicon, compressed into the form of a edition of his Sermons nearly ready, in Manual, comprising the whole of bis 2 vols. 12m0., in which will be included explanations and scriptore references; many new ones. and in general containing erery thing A poetical work, entitled The Bar, is Décessary for the vsual purpose of con- in the press, with Sketches of eminent sultation, as well as for academic in- Judges, Barristers, &c. and with copious struction. By J. Carey, LL.D. Author notes. of “ Latin Prosody made Easy,” and In the press, The Doctrine of Elecother popular school books.
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Art. XIII. LIST OF WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED. BIOGRAPHY.
was betrayed and treated until impriThe last Military Operations of Gene.
soned at Madrid; to which is added, a ral Riego; also the manner in which he
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