and Rome are probably more admired in their antiquity than ever they were in all the freshness of their newly created glory ; and without comparing a cluster of Burmese Pagodas to the marble temples of the lofty Acropolis, by naming them together, I think they both owe an increase of their beauty and interest to the same causeathe hand of time. Straight unbroken lines, smoothness and polish are acceptable and proper enough in a marble toilet-table, or an ivory paper-cutter, but in a large building seem associated in the mind with scaffoldingahodsamortar, and the work of yesterday. Now a venerable ruin calls up none of these classic-less associations, but appears to beaeven as its immediate appearance in reality isasomething other than the work of human hands. The ruined and moss-covered pagodas of Rangoon however, have, literally, all the charms of a " green old age"asome of them being almost entirely hidden by rich verdure which has grown over them, whilst from the very points of others, in most fantastic manner, have sprung luxuriant and graceful trees !
From the picturesque, it would be unpardonable to exempt the Kyoungs or monasteries and dwellings of the priests, which, with their conical, double and even triple roofs, and broad eaves, have a great deal of the character of a Swiss cottage, but with an amount of decorative elegance about them which is peculiarly Burmese, and as peculiarly pleasing.
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August 19 th.
We have actually been threatened with the sweet prospect of a voyage to Tavoy and Mergui for a Cargo of Dorians !aFrom all accounts of the odour of this most abominable of all strong-scented fruits, no poor hive of bees that ever were smoked by brimstone out of their homes could be more cruelly treated. Indeed if possible, we should be worse offaas we could only escape by drowning ourselves in the sea ! To inhabit a small schooner, loaded with a fruit, one of which, as we have been assured, brought into the compound, has been sufficient to give a lady, within the house, a headache !-Only conceive our fright !-But the threatened affliction
has passed over, and we breathe again !
I can hardly say from what cause, unless, as I believe, the pride, intolerance and avarice of the higher order of Burmese, or those in authority, but there is no friendly or kindly communication whatever between any European or Armenian and the Burmese Governor of Rangoon. I have consequently been disappointed in my desire of obtaining a likeness of him ; nor have I found the Poongees or priests, of whose personals I also desired to secure drawings, a whit more come-at-able. My pictorial efforts therefore here are confined to the open air, where I find loads of material to arrest my attention and curtail my walks. Indeed, to do Rangoon justice, if the town be destitute of any one pleasing object or feature, the surrounding country, with its indescribably rich verdure, its petty lakes and hills, its innumerable pagodasasome perfect, in all their simplicity yet graceful architecture, and