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Imrtion of thi.a?'?: ' The one is of ' Master John lqewberie,' who embarked at.?['.&'rapea (Therepie) on the 6th of April, 1582; was for some .dky?rin the harbour of Siseboli, into which he was driven by stress tdfn?eather; anchored again under Cape Emineh; passed Verna, a?d" a castle called Callaces, which standeth upon a cape of land;Lmanifestly what is called Calagriah upon our charts; and fi .?.l)Le?tered the Danube by the mouth called Licos?oma, where .?9.1?ad only eight feet water; and so proceeded into the interior 0f:?ae country. The narrative of his voyage is altogether barres �'?'?og?eographical or other useful remarks. . :y. - The other instance is that of Captain John Smith, a military �adventurer, about the year 159(?, whose history is curiously tinged "': with the romantic spirit of the times. Having been taken prisoner by the Turks, in a victory they obtained against the Christians, and being recognized by his armour as a person of some consider- ation, he was sold in the market to a bashaw, who sent him to Constantinople, ' as a present to his fair mistress,' for a slave. Upon conversing with him, and trying him in several languages, and finding that he was an Englishman, and a man of various in- formation, ' she took much compassion on him,' but not so as to put him into the dangerous predicament of becoming enamoured of his person; for we are told, that ' having no use for him, lest her mother should sell him, she sent him to her brothei, the Tymor bashaw of Naibrits, in the country of Cambrya in Tartaria ;' so he went by !and to Verna, and from thence across the Black Sea to the two capes of. Taut and Pergillo, the former of which we may suppose, from its name, to have been in the Crimea. and thus extended his adventre'es into Tartary. Under these circumstances he cannot be expected to give us any great information respecting the sea he crossed; but still we shall have occasion to refer again �to his account for one peculiar fact of which he was a witness. Such, therefore, being the paucityof British adventure in this sea, it may not be deemed improper to put the fact of the B!onde's voyage, which forms so unique a feature in our naval. annals, into some more durable shape than that afforded by the daily journals. From the prevalence, indeed, of the plague, and consequent ne- cessity of quarantine wherever she touched, together with the jealousy of the local Russian authorities, who seem to have been sufficiently alarmed at the apparition of this nnaccustomed stranger, the account of her voyage presents us with little or nothing of discovery, or interesting adventure; and, in the absence of such exciting topics, I may perhaps be the more readily excused, if I combine with the subject a brief notice of some of the opinions, transactions, and settlements of the ancients, in this sea. Although of comparatively small importance in modern European history, it ? Dig,tizd Google