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THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR
NAPOLEON AND THE QUEEN OP PRUSSIA. Napoleon, “ is it not just that I should
DURING the period that the sovereigns indemnify you for the expenses of a jour were sojourning in the little town of Tilney from Memel to Tilsit?” sit, where they were employed in arranging various matters of the highest importance, -more especially to the King of Prussia, -the French Emperor several times ex Of the stern unbending character of the pressed a strong desire to see her Majesty Russians, we have a forcible example in the Queen, who was then with her chil- the behaviour of Count Markow to Napodren at Memel. This lady's repugnance leon Buonaparte, at whose court he was to Napoleon was, however, so great, that ambassador. they were obliged to put him off, from In the year 1803, the Marquis d'Enday to day, with feigned excuses for the traigues, a French emigrant, but counseldelay of her arrival ; until his natural im- lor of state in the Russian service, was petuosity, no longer to be restrained, led sent on a mission from St. Petersburgh to him to say to the Emperor Alexander, “ Eh Rome, where he was arrested and thrown bien Sire! it would seem that, in order to into prison by order of Napoleon. As be ingulged with an introduction to this soon as the Emperor Alexander was made beautiful Queen, I should send Marshal aware of this circumstance, he sent an Davoust with his corps d'armée to fetch express to Count Markow, to demand the her."
liberation of Entraigues. The Count Alexander saw that there was no more made official representations accordingly; room for trifling; and it was concerted but these were wholly disregarded. One between him and Frederick that a cham- Sunday, when there was public audience berlain should be forthwith despatched to given to the diplomatic body at the TuilMemel, to represent to her Majesty the leries, the First Consul, addressing himself absolute necessity for her appearance. to the Marquis de Lucchecini, ambassador Upon the receipt of this intelligence, she from Prussia :-" What think
Marreluctantly fixed an hour upon which to quis ?” said he ; “ Russia is striving even commence the journey, and was met at a to protect the emigrants.” Count Marcertain point of the road by the three kow, immediately interposing, observed, sovereigns.
"Sir, if his Majesty the Emperor of RusNapoleon was captivated at sight of this sia, my august master, wills to extend lovely woman, and took an opportunity protection to any one, I am sure he has just after of observing to Marshal Duroc, both tight and reason. Upon this, Bio
You have told me true, Duroc; she is naparte, looking at Markow, with an air indeed a beautiful creature.” Next day, of extreme disdain, said, “ It was not to he gave a dinner to her Majesty of the you, Count, I spoke.”—“Sir,” answered most sumptuous description. On bringing ihe Russian, “if any one speaks in my in the dessert, an open letter appeared on presence of mySovereign, I always reply." a salver, which was placed before the Having said this, he turned his back upon Queen of Prussia, addressed to her Ma- the First Consul, and left the audience. jesty.
" A letter for me?” exclaimed Buonaparte, extremely irritated, gave the Queen, on perceiving it, in great sur- orders to his minister that Count Markow prise. so'Yes, Madame,” replied Buona- should be forth with sent back to Russia : parte;
“ be pleased to look at it." Her but the latter, on this command being sig. Majesty took it up, and found enclosed nified to him, at once refused, saying that another, addressed to Jerome Buonaparte, he would not stir from Paris until his then commanding the French forces in master recalled him. Both he and the Prussian Silesia. This epistle contained First Consul despatched respectively mesan autograph order from Napoleon, di- sengers to St. Petersburgh with details of recting the Kiug of Westphalia to deliver this affair ; Buonaparte requiring the recal up immediately to the nearest Prussian of the ambassador : whereupon Alexander chief, that part af Silesia which had been sent M. Oubriel to replace him ; but, as reserved by the French Emperor, in the a mark of his Majesty's satisfaction at the secret treaty of Tilsit ; which territory spirited conduet of Markow, he transmitwas to be placed under the sole controul ted to the Count, by the hands of his of the Queen of Prussia.
successor, the insignia of a Russian order, Her Majesty, deeply affected by this (enriched with diamonds,) and an ukase, delicate and noble behaviour, exclaimed, conferring on him a pension of fifty thou. .66 Certainly, never did monarch bestow a cand rubles. Oubriel was instructed to gift with so much dignity and grace. I demand anew the release of the Marquis pray, your Majesty to accept my best d'Entraigues, which was ultimately conthanks.” -“ Nay, Madam," rejoined ceded by Buonaparte.
MARRIAGE OF NAPOLEON WITH MARIA
When, subsequently, Count Markow He repaired to the Princess's apartment, met the Grand-duke Constantine at a party attended by his two youngest daughters, at St. Petersburgh, that Prince said to and with the candour and tenderness chahim :-“ Upon my horsour, Count, you racteristic of him, represented the necesmust possess great courage, to speak in sity of such an alliance, as the only means such terms to Buonaparte. They say that left to save the imperial Family, and the man jokes not ; what would you have whole Austrian dominions from subjection. done, had he by any chance laid hands The windows of the room in which they upon you ?”-“I would have chastised were, looked out upon the ruined walls him on the spot,” replied the courageous and demolished forts of Vienna ; MariaMarkow.
Louisa took the Emperor by the hand, led him to the view of this desolate scene, and said—“Father, can you give the hand of your beloved child to the author of all this destruction ?" “ It is to prevent still
greater horrors," answered Francis, deeply When the Emperor visited Vienna, in moved, “that I require this sacrifice from 1809, as a conqueror, he took up his resi. you ;” and he urged his solicitations in Idence in the beautiful castle of Schoen so powerful and affecting a way, that his
brunn, in the environs of the capital. One daughter at length exclaimed, “ Tranmorning, accompanied by Meyer, one of quillize yourself, my dear father : to prothe castle inspectors, he went over the cure you peace, I will do whatever you apartments of this magnificent edifice, ask of me. which had been hastily quitted, some Maria Louisa, however, subsequently weeks before, by the imperial family. In found that her sacrifice turned out to be one apartment, hung the portraits of the not quite so heroic ; she seemed, on the Emperor Francis's daughters, Maria-Lou- contrary, to have been greatly pleased isa, Leopoldina, and Clementina. Napo- with her new situation. A letter addressed leon, after a short pause, pointing to that by her, in the month of June, 1810, to of Maria-Louisa, which he considered the old Count Edlin, her late Governor, with the deepest attention, asked of the in- gives an interesting statement of her feelspector, if her Imperial Highness was ings soon after her marriage. The folreally so handsome as there represented. lowing are extracts :The old man replied, “Oh yes, your Ma. “I confess to you, my dear Count, that jesty, she is indeed : and, what is more, from the first moment I met and saw the as amiable as handsome.” “ Well,” Emperor Napoleon, my august and most rejoined Napoleon, “ let the picture be beloved husband, he has shewn me on placed in my cabinet, immediately front- every occasion the highest attention. Ining the writing table.” He subsequently deed, I should be unjust and ungrateful, took it with him to Paris, and it was found were I insensible to all his care, regard, in the Emperor's closet by the Arch- and truly noble behaviour to me. In one duchess Maria-Louisa, on her marriage. word, my dear Count, I am happier than
The Emperor Francis, at the time he you can conceive. concluded upon consenting to this match, “ Believe not that this letter is written was not ignorant of the animosity enter- by any order or compulsion on the part of tained by his daughter and wife towards my august spouse, who, although at this his intended son-in-law. He consequently very moment by my side, will not look at had not courage to open the matter to it. "No! these sentiments are dictated by Maria-Louisa herself, and the first gover- my own heart; and the letter goes from ness to the Archduchess, was commisioned my hands into those of Count Joseph to make it known to her.
Metternich, by whom it will be handed The lady, however, had no success to you.”- Anecdotes of foreign Courts. whatever in her attempts to reconcile Maria-Louisa to her destiny, for the Archduchess had no sooner been told that her
* It is asserted by the Princess's governess, father had affianced her to Napoleon Buo
who was present at this interesting interview, naparte, than she fell upon the sofa, scream that the young Princess, Leopoldina, then ing and crying out, that she would never about twelve years old, saw her sister so much consent to marry such a monster ! Francis
averse to the proposed match, that she said with
extreme naivete, “ Dear papa, since my good was now fain to make personal endeavours sister seems so greatly shocked at this union, 10 prevail on his daughter to comply with I will go in her place, and be married to Na. the proposed arrangement, and for that poleon, I have no dislike to the Eniperor, and purpose announced his wish to have an in- I dare say it will be the same thing to bim.”_
" You are a little fool," replied Francis, ten. terview with Maria-Louisa at a given hour. derly smiling, "and know not what you say."
A PERSIAN FABLE.
brother, though now the heir, had wooed
her, when, from ambition, she preferred A little particle of rain,
the elder prince. That from a passing cloud descended, When Temora came to court, hiding Was heard thus idly to complain :“My brief existence now is ended,
her fiery passions with a smiling face, and Outcast alike of earth and sky,
saw the beauty of the innocent Ğurith, and Useless to live unknown to die."
the influence she had won in the hearts of
those around her, she devoted her to ruin. It chanced to fall into the sea,
It is said that she went at midnight, far up And there an open shell received it, And after years, how rich was he
among the hills, into the depths of a black Who from its prison-house relieved it! pine forest, where stood a rude but famous The drop of rain had form’d a gem, temple of the idol Woden (the ruins are To deck a monarch's diadem
now scattered about the place), and there The Amulet.
sprinkling her own blood upon the altar, vowed to accomplish a deep and horrible
revenge. From that hour she left no way A LEGEND OF NORWAY.
untried to reach her ends. At first, she sought, under the mask of friendship, to
introduce into the heart of Gurith some Long ages ago, when the whole of dark suspicion of her husband's faith, and Northern Europe was sunk in barbarism so, at length, to break that gentle heart; and dark idolatry, a young and beautiful but the young princess was above suspi. maiden was found at sun-rise upon the cion; love, and her perfect confidence in rugged coast of Norway. There she stood, him she loved, were as a breast-plate of and looked wistfully over the retiring adamant to her, from which every weapon waves, which had left their fringes of that was aimed against it, fell off, not silvery surf at her small naked feet. only blunted, but leaving no trace to show
The night had been stormy, and a where it had struck. Thus Temora was vessel lay wrecked among the rocks. All confounded and perplexed, for she ład the crew had perished but that gentle lady. judged the princess by her own principles The savage people gathered about her, and feelings. wondering much at the rare fashion and Still, notwithstanding, all these deep the richness of her flowing garments, and devices, the guileless Lady Gurith grew in at her fresh and delicate beauty ; but favour and tender love with ail who knew most of all at the sweetness and dignity of her, and the sorceress inwardly cursed herher demeanour. *
self, when she beheld the effect of Gurith's It was this maiden who becaine the wife presence upon the barbarous Norwegians; of Reynar, the young Prince of Norway; an effect far more grateful to her woman's she was of equal birth with him, being a heart than the most awful influence of her king's daughter, but obliged to flee from own magic spells. When Gurith came the usurper of her father's throne. The forth into the banquet-hall, they met her Princess Gurith (for so she was called) with a reverence only next to adoration, was not an idolater, yet for nearly a year Their brutal manner caught for the time after her marriage few persons but her somewhat of her gentleness; their fierce husband knew the name of her religion. disputinys stopped ; their coarse jests and They soon learned, however, that in her roars of laughter sounded more faintly; the it was pure and peaceable, gentle and very minstrels touched their harps more easy to be entreated, full of mercy and lightly, and turned their war-songs to some good fruits, without partiality and without plaintive lay, such as a gentle woman hypocrisy,; and so she was loved by all, loves to hear. But the secret of this inand might have been happy, had not fluence was a mystery to the consummate Queen Temora, the widow of the king's artfulness of Queen "Temora : she could eldest son, visited the court of Norway. not comprehend that simple humility and Now, this Temora was very beautiful, unaffected kindness can win their way to but proud and revengeful, and so skilled the most savage bosom. in magic, that by many she was named the For instance, after a battle, when the Sorceress. Temora was queen, in her own wounded were brought home, a band of right, of the far Orkney Isles; and, not warriors came forward to the terrace, on withstanding her husband's sudden death, which Gurith and Queen Temora sat, surshe had cherished the hope to reign in Nor- rounded by their ladies. They had brought way also ; for Regnar, then the younger the richest spoil, and laid it at the feet of
the two princesses. Temora snatched at
once a coronet of gems, and placed it with * See the Embellishment, illustrative of the
a haughty smile upon her head. They above, page 33.
that stood by shuddered as they saw her
bright eyes flashing, and the rich blush of the hall. With frantic cries she bade the pleasure on her cheek; for a few dark feasting cease, and, seizing from an aged drops clung in the threads of yellow hair scald the harp that he was striking, she upon her brow, and then trickled down tore away the strings, and then, in sullen her face. There was human blood upon silence, she sat her down before the idol's that coronet.–Gurith had scarcely looked image. Again she rose, and with a dagupon the glittering baubles set before her; ger's poiut scratched a few rough characshe had seen a wounded soldier fall ex- ters upon the altar. The priests had gathered hausted at the gate, and she flew to raise round her, and when they saw those lethim. They that stood by smiled with ters, they also shrieked aloud with horror; tender and admiring love, as they beheld they fell before the idol, and bowed their her hands and garments stained with blood, faces to the ground, howling, and heaping for she had torn her long white veil to dust upon their heads. Upon this, with a staunch the blood, dressing the wounds of the fixed and dreamy stare, Temora arose, dying man with her own soft hands, and then and, beating upon a sort of shapeless as other wounded soldiers were brought drum, commenced a low and melancholy from the field, she had forgot her rank, and chant. the feebleness of her sex, to administer also She told them, that the nation had cause to their relief. It was in such 'instances as to mourn that heavy calamities had fallen these that the character of Gurith was dis- upon them, that the gods had sent a curse covered ; was it strange that she should among them. A monster had been cast seem almost a being of a higher order to up by the treacherous waves, and none the untutored savages ? But soon Temora had known their danger. Their king, their began to fear that Gurith was herself an prince, nay, she herself, had been deceivenchantress, for every withering spell of ed; for that fearful monster had come witchcraft had been tried in vain against among them in a human form, even as a her. She had met at midnight with the beautiful maiden. They had cherished weird women in their murky caverns ; her, and now the judgment had fallen there they sung their charmed rhymes to- upon them : it had begun with the kinggether, and held their horrid incantations, he was struck with blindness where Gurith was still unharmed, still lovely, would it fall next ? with prophetic glance still happy in the love of her husband, she could foresee. But here the drum and of all the people.
dropt from her hands ; at once her frantic By a mere chance, the sorceress at violence was stilled : she sunk upon the length discovered what she felt convinced ground, and her long hair fell like a veil to be the secret of Gurith's hidden strength. over her stern features.--She had said There was a chamber, in a small lonely enough. As she began, a smothered tower that joined the palace, to which the sound of cursing arose on all sides; now young princess retired, not only at stated the whirlwind of furious passion burst periods every day, but often, very often, forth, and knew no bounds. The tumult at other times. There she would some- spread far and wide among the people. times remain shut up for hours, and no Led by the wizard priests, they rushed to one dared to break upon her privacy; even the palace, and demanded that their king lier husband humoured her wishes, and should come forth to them. Now the poor had never, since his marriage, visited that old king, being in his dotage, and almost chamber. If sometimes she entered it governed by the priests, had been permournful, dispirited, and with downcast suaded, and tutored, to think, and to looks, she never failed to come forth from answer, just as they suggested. Led by her retirement with a new spirit, calm and the sorceress, he came forth, sightless and smiling, and all the fair beauty of her face trembling, and his few faltering words restored. This, then, was the chamber confirmed all that the artful Temora had where those spells were woven which had declared. baffled all the skill of the sorceress.
All this time, Prince Regnar had been Not long after the queen had made the absent. He came in from hunting just discovery of the chamber, the aged king, when Temora had brought his father forth. her father-in-law, while visiting the Prin- Horror-struck, he soon perceived the purcess Gurith, was struck with blindness. pose of the fiend-like woman ; but in Temora began to rejoice, for an opportu- vain he sought to quell the furious tumult; nity, well suited to her own dark purposes, his father was totally under the dominion had at last occurred.
of the priests, and when a cry was raised, There was a solemn festival' held in demanding, as their victim, the young and honour of the goddess Freya. In the innocent Gurith, the king's assent was midst of the rejoicing, the sorceress, (her given. As for the princess, she was not yellow hair streaming upon her shoulders, to be found. Two persons, however, who and her rich robes all rent,) rushed into at once had guessed the place of her re
treat, met at the door of her mysterious almost at a venture, a single voice cried chamber. For once that door was scarce out, “ Long live King Regnar!” There ly closed. It opened at the gentle touch was a breathless pause--and then the cry of Regnar, but there was something was echoed by the shouts of all the peoarrested him. Stop, stop,” he whis- ple. Gurith, the Christian Gurith, was pered, holding the door firmly with une saved.
Fireside Book. hand, while he thrust forth the other to prevent Temora from advancing. but a little while. Let us not disturb her yet.” Temora obeyed. Curiosity for a
LOVE DREAMS. time mastered her vengeance. She wished to hear distinctly the words which were
(For the Olio.) pronounced in that chamber; but what
I dreamt that at eve a white mist arose, were the words that fell upon her ear ?
Where the hedge row braiubles twist, The low, sweet voice of Gurith, breathing I thought that my love was a sweet wild rose, forth prayers to the God she worshipped; And I the silvery mist. pleading for her worst enemy, praying Now sweetly I beaded her pale red charms, that He, whose favour is life, would give How softly I bent my watery arms, a new spirit, and sweet peace of mind, And clung round her beautiful neck. and every blessing to her sister Temora ! Oh me, what a heavenly birth! The voice of Gurith ceased, and Regnar
I revelled all night,
Till the morn came bright, entered softly. 'Temora had sunk upon
Then sunk at her feet down again in the the step where she had stood; she did not enter, though at last that chamber stood open before her ; but with still I dreamt that my love was a wild rose tree, greater astonishment than tha: with which
All covered with purple bloom,
And I methought was an amorous bee, she had listened, she gazed upon its in That lov'd the rich perfume. mate, Gurith had not heard the light step Large draughts of nectar I sat to sip, of her busband. She was kneeling, with
In a bud that hung below, both her hands covering her face. The And I breathed her breath, and I kiss'd her lip,
And her bosom-as chaste as snow. tears that trickled through her fingers too Oh me! what a heavenly task! well betrayed the anguish that had stop
For there I lay ped her voice in prayer. And this, then,
Till eve grew grey, was the secret of the mysterious chamber.
While she in the Sun's bright beams did
bask. Gurith had trusted to no spell but that of innocence : her strength had been in the Again - I was where the pale moon did line confession of her utler weakness to Him, The forest with a silver light, with whom she held her high and spiri- And I thought my love was a wild woodbine,
And I a zephyr bright. tual communion, to Him whose strength is " Welcome," said I, " where the bramble made perfect in the weakness of his chil
weaves, dren. "To him who hath borne our griefs Around us a guard of thorns;": and carried our sorrows, whose gracious and sweetly i tangled myself in her leaves, invitation is to the weary and the heavy And
blew on her red streaked horny,
led, laden, she had gone in every time of trial;
A gay dance about, and from the foot of his cross, where she
Till old night came out, ever laid the burden of her griefs, she had
To rock us to sleep in his dusky bed,
W. H. B. brought forth into the world that sweet and holy cheerfulness which pissed even the understanding of the wretched Temora. Struck to the heart, the sorceress slunk JESSY OF KIBE'S FARM. silently away. Some feelings of remorse
By Miss M. R. Mitford. had seized upon her, and now she would have gladly stopped the tumult. Alas: she had no power to calm the storm which About the centre of a deep winding she had raised. The frantic multitude and woody lane, in the secluded village had burst the palace gates. Regnar was of Aberleigh, stands an old farm-house, overpowered, and they were dragging whose stables, out-buildings, and ample their meek and innocent victim to the yard, have a peculiarly forlorn and dealtar of the horrid idol, when suddenly, serted appearance; they can, in fact, and it seemed miraculously, a higher scarcely be said to be occupied, the power interposed and stopped their blind person who rents the land preferring to fury. The aged monarch fell dead into live at a large farm about a mile distant, the arms of his attendants—the excitement leaving this lonely house to the care of a of the last few hours had proved too labourer and his wife, who reside in one much for his feeble frame. Instantly, and end, and have the charge of a few colts