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are then placed. A lady (in succession) last sermon, and died on the 2nd of is seated between two bearers, who im- March, in the same year. He had said, portunately solicit her reluctant regard, during his illness," Let me be buried in till at length she gives herself to one, nothing but what is woollen ;, and let and the waltzing is resumed. A gentle- my corpse be carried in my coffin, into man is then seated in the centre chair, the chapel, without any pomp." Nothoodwinked, and a lady takes the place withstanding this request, on the day on each side. In this perplexity of before its interment, his body was abchoice the Tantalus of the minute re- surdly exhibited, at his chapel in the mains, till by a sudden resolution he City-road, clad in his gown, cassock, decides for right or left, uncovers his band, and clerical cap, and having a eyes, and waltzes away with the chance. Bible in one hand, and a white handdirected partner ; followed as before by kerchief in the other ! the rest. The chairs are next placed Charles EDWARD STUART. — His triangularly dos a dos, and three ladies wife, by whom he had no children, acare thus seated. The youths pace cording to Dutens, whose narrative we round then in a circle, till each of the shall abridge, soon became disgusted fair ones throws her handkerchief, and with his conduct. He often beat her ; away they again whirl. The men then and at length, driven to extremities by appear to deliver to each, but to one many revolting scenes, she determined alone is given, a ring; and the dance to free herself from his tyranny. But concludes by the ladies passing hand in to escape was difficult, for he rarely hand through arches made by the ex- permitted her to quit his presence, and tended arms of the gentlemen, till each when compelled to lose sight of her, he seizes his partner, and once more invariably locked her up. A scheme swings round the circle.

for procuring her freedon, was, howJohn Wesley—In his seventy-eighth ever, eventually devised by Alfieri, the year he wrote thus: “By the blessing poet, who had long been attached to of God, I am just the same as when I her, which was executed by two of her was in my twenty-eighth ; in 1769, I friends, the Signor Orlandini and his weighed a hundred and twenty-two wife. The latter, who, as well as her pounds ; in 1781, I weigh not a pound husband and Alfieri, were intimate with more or less." When eighty, he de Charles Edward, persuaded him one clared that he was no more infirm, than morning to take her and the princess during the vigour of manhood. Four to see the works of the nuns in a neighyears afterwards, he says, “I am not bouring convent. Orlandini met them, so agile as I was ; I neither run nor apparently by accident, and escorted walk so fast as I did; my sight is a little them up a fight of steps to the entrance impaired ; 1 find also some decay in my door, which, by a preconcerted arrangememory; yet I feel nothing like weari. ment, they were permitted immediately ness, either in trarelling or preaching.' to enter. Orlandini then returned to On his eighty-sixth birth day, he obser- meet Charles Edward, who came pantves, “1 am now an old man:” and, in ing up the steps after his wife. “These 1790, he says, “I am decayed from nuns," said the signor, "are very unhead to foot. However, blessed be God! mannerly : they shut the door in my I do not slack in my labours : I can face, and would not let me enter with preach and write still.” About the the ladies." "Oh! I will soon make middle of the same year, he finally them open it,” replied the prince. But closed his cash book with the following he was mistaken. On reaching the remark, written so unsteadily as to be door, he knocked for a long time withalmost illegible: "For upwards of out effect. At length the abbess came eighty-six years I have kept my ac to the grate, and told him that his wife counts exactly: I will not attempt it had chosen that place for her asylum, any longer, being satisfied with the con- and could not be disturbed. His rage tinual conviction, that I save all I can, at this intimation was boundless : but and give all I can,- that is, all I have.” his clamours were of no avail, and he In a letter, wbich he wrote to his friends was soon compelled to withdraw. in America, early in 1791, he express GEORGE THE SECOND.-The king felt ed his conviction in the language of very indignant at being opposed, as he his father, when under similar circum- frequently was, by his ministers, and stances, that his end was approaching: sometimes obstinately persisted in “Time," said he,“ has shaken me by having his own way. Perceiving that the hand, and Death is not far behind.” the name of a general, whom he adHe shortly afterwards preached his mired, was omitted in a list of promo.

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tions, his majesty inquired for what the conversation turned upon the subreason that particular person's name ject of a grateful man: some one present had been so unaccountably passed over. who owed hiin an obligation, said" The man is mad,” replied the minis. “ Yes, he is a very good kind of man :

“Oh! is he ?" said the king, he is poor, but that does not prevent " then let him be advanced and employ- him from doing a good office. I have ed, so that he may have an opportunity known him forty years, and he has never of biting a few of my other generals.” asked a halfpenny of me!”

CHARLES James Fox.--Lord Holland PRIncess Amelia Sophia.. Her having resolved to take down the wall manners and dress were exceedingly before Holland-house, and to have an masculine. It was her custom to pass iron railing put up in its stead, it was much time in her stables, particularly necessary to use gunpowder to facilitate when any of the horses were , ill. She the work. He had promised Charles wore a round hat, and a riding habit in James that he should be present when-' the German fashion; and if any credit ever the explosion took place. Finding may be attached to the following anecthat the labourers bad blasted the brick- dote, her appearance, at one period of work in his absence, he ordered the her life, must have been extraordinary wall to be rebuilt; and, when it was for a person of her ses and rank :thoroughly cemented, had it blown up George the Fourth, when Prince of again, for the gratification of his fa- Wales, in order to illustrate an observourite boy; at the same time advising vation which he had made, that men frethose about him, never, on any accorint, quently obtain credit for good deeds to break a promise with children. which they had never even thought of

EXTRAORDINARY Curiosity.--Thenét, performing, stated, that one day he was a man of learning in France, was one accompanied, in a drive to Bagshot, by morning taken out of his bed and car- Lord Clermont; who, as it was raiher ried off to the Bastile. The lieutenant cold, wore a white great coat and a kind of police went next day to examine him. of flannel hood, to protect his ears and “Sir," said Thenét to him when he en- neck; and that, thus arrayed, several tered, “ will you have the goodness to persons on the road, mistaking his lordtell me why they have shut me up here ?" ship for the Princess Amelia, exclaimYou have a great deal of curiosity ed, “What a good young man the indeed!” exclaimed the lieutenant of prince is, thus to be the companion of police, and retired.

J.D.N. his father's deaf old aunt, during her Avarice.-All the strong passions morning drives !" It appears that she abandon men at their death, except was extremely short-sighted, as well as avarice, says Mad. de P. The governor very deaf; but her conceplion was so of had a long sickness. On the quick, that she appeared to see and point of dying, he said to his physician, hear even better than other people. who had assiduously attended him for Civility.—A young gentleman being six months, that he was desirous to re- found asleep in the streets at an uncompense him for his good services, - seasonable hour, was brought before a at the same time drawing from under magistrate, when he confessed he had his pillow a sack, from which he took been tipsy. “ Young man,” said the three pounds, and gave them to him. magistrate, “ you should be very sorry. The physician, surprised at the small

I am sorry

"_“You must be fined." ness of the sum, asked him if it was on Handing over the money, “I am fined." account? -“ On account, sir!" exclaimed the dying man — -" no, sir, the

LIFE. sum appears to me reasonable enough

Cling not to earth-there's nothing there, for your attendance." The physician However loved, however fair,

But on its features still must wear remonstrated, upon which the governor

The impress of mortality. answered: “I see clearly you are not contented, there's a shilling more.”

Cling not to eartlı-as well we may

Trust Asia's serpent's wanton play, The physician could no longer refrain

That glitters only to betray from laughter, but refused to accept it.

To death-or else to misery. When we have read the “ Miser" of

Dream not of friendship-there may be Plautus and that of Moliere, we are A word, a smile, a grasp for thee;

But wait the hour of need, and see, tempted to think that the traits which

But wonder not-their fallacy. characterise him are exhausted; yet here is one which, though less energetic,

Think not of beauty-like the rest, is not less true than many which have

But short the time ere staods confess'd been employed by those great masters.

Its falsehood-or its fraiity. To Correspondents.-The following have been received :-" Lost Daughter" by C. J. Junior; “The Flask of Schedain,” by '1. F.; Poetry, from J. D. Newman, and “ Winti. Froyd," a Tale by Zmio.

NEW Works inteniled for immediate notice, and articles from Correspondents, are requested to be forwarded in the early part of the week.

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clothed with a wild and chaste radiance THE LOST DAUGHTER. the face of nature, causing the leafless A TALE OF NORFOLK

and rime-covered branches of the trees, For the Olio.

which were here and there straggled

along the road, to stand out with a bold On a clear frosty night in January, relief from the indistinct scenery beyond. a man, on a sturdy brown horse, was But the almost impenetrable clothing of leisurely jogging on the road leading our traveller prevented him from feeling from the city of Norwich, where he had in any great degree the frosty air ; been transacting business, to Caston, his while the deep reverie into which he resident village. The traveller appeared had fallen rendered him indifferent to past the meridian of life, but his limbs the imposing prospect around. His imawere evidently still hale, and his figure gination was roaming to the bye-gone stalwart and somewhat bulky. This days of his adversity, in which he had latter characteristic was, doubiless, ex endured much affliction and many pri. aggerated by the ample and many-caped vations ; for fortune had not always surtout in which he was encased, and smiled on himn : times were when, thro' by the thick warm shawl which folded ruinous losses, and the harsh conduct

once and again” round his neck, en- of bis landlord, he had been reduced to veloped his mouth and chin, rendering a state of almost utter destitution; and the turning of his head (without a cor had been compelled to remove from a responding movement of his body) a neat and pleasant little farm to a mimatter of difficulty.

serable hovel; and to submit to the The sharp north-east wind blew veriest drudgery, and the most servile gently, yet keenly, across the open employment, in order to procure the country, through which Mr. Filmore merest necessaries of life for himself was proceeding; and the bright beams and family. It was during this period Vol. X.

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of misfortune that his dear and only perhaps she is even now living in indaughter, who ought to have been the famy, or dying in misery.” comforter and helpmate of her parents For several years no material change in those times of perplexity, had eloped took place in Ivy Cottage. Mr. Filmore with a young man of low condition, and amused himself by lurns in his parlour, in poor circuinstances, to whom she his garden, and in occasional rides to had become obstinately attached. Every the city of Norwich, in order to collect possible search and enquiry was made the rents of some houses which he had after her by the afflicted parents, but all purchased there. It was from one of in vain-no tidings of their beloved these trips that he was returning at the Mary could be gained, and at length all opening of our tale. hopes of recovering her were banished. The sudden gloom occasioned by the The conduct of his daughter evidently high hedges of a rural lane, which the preyed more upon Mr. Filmore's mind faithful horse (who needed no guide in than did all his pecuniary troubles ; for the homeward road) had just entered, hitherto, even in his lowest state of aroused our traveller from the reverie poverty, he had preserved somewhat of into which he had fallen. Starting as that urbanity and cheerfulness for which if from a dream, he beat his hands tohe had ever been remarkable ; but this gether (for the cold had penetrated to domestic affliction seemed at once to them, spite of his thick gloves), stroked envelope his mind in an impenetrable his horse's neck, looked upward at the gloom, and to plunge him into the star-spangled sky, and was about to deepest despair : he became reserved relapse into his meditations, when a and melancholy, never hearing mention rustling in the hedge to his left arrested of his Mary without shedding tears. his attention. Fixing his eye intently “ Rather than this should have hap- on the spot, he almost mechanically pened,” he would say, k how willingly grasped one of the well-loaded pistols, would I have followed her to the grave!” of which a pair were always in his belt

Some time subsequent to the above when he travelled that lonely road at affair, the worldly prospects of Mr. F. night. All was again silent, and he had suddenly, and unexpectedly brightened. almost relinquished his grasp of the A distant and rich relative, whom he weapon, when the rustling was repeated, had not seen for years, and to whom he and instantly a man sprang from the had thought it useless to apply for re- hedge towards him, seized the horse's lief in his pecuniary difficulties, had rein, and presenting a pistol to Mr. died, and bequeathed him a legacy suf- Filmore's breast, demanded, in a tremficient to secure his future ease and in- bling voice, his money or his life. Our dependence. Great was the joy and traveller, however, had no great incligratitude of that family when informed nation to resign either, but instantly of this event. Once more they pre- withdrawing his hand from under bis pared to change their place of abode capes, the robber saw the lock of a pisbut, oh! with what different feelings tol gleaming in the moon-light. Dreaddid they quit the hut they had occupied ing lest instant death to bimself should to those with which they had entered it! be the result of his firing, the villain Then they were exchanging the comforts hesitated, when Mr. Filmore thus adof life for destitution and poverty-now dressed himpoverty was, in its turn, to be displaced Young man, our lives are at this by comparative affluence. Their bene- moment in each other's power, and factress had resided at Caston, in Nor- though to take thine would only, on folk, at a delightful little seat called my part, be an act of self-defence, yet I Ivy Cottage, and having no wish to re- have no desire to do so, but am willing main in the county of Suffolk, where he to let you depart in peace, provided you had seen so much trouble, Mr. Filmore cease to molest me." purchased his late relative's cottage, “ Sir,” answered the robber, in an and settled there with his family. agonized tone, “to take the life of a

Nothing now seemed wanting to com- fellow-creature cannot be more repugplete their happiness but the society of nant to your feelings than it is to mine; the long lost, but unforgotten Mary; but when a nan sees the woman of his for often, when seated with his wife love starving in a wretched hovel, with and son at the well supplied table, Mr. scarcely a rag to defend her from the Filmore would exclaim

cold! and hears his innocent children “Oh! that my Mary were but here piteously crying for the bread which he to share our comforts !--then would my possesses not to give them, it drives him happiness be complete! But, alas! to a pitch of frenzy, and he is urged to

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the commission of a deed, from which, articles for them on the following day. under ordinary circumstances, he would Having given a tolerable good specimen shrink with horror."

of supper-eating, and deposited in a Mr. Filmore had known what desti- place of safety the property he had tution was, and his heart and hand brought home with him, Mr. Filmore were ever ready to relieve the wretched. retired to rest, with almost tearful gra

" Where is your family ?” he en- titude to Heaven, that he was not then as quired, thrusting his left hand into his he had once been, and as thousands then pocket, but keeping his pistol arm still extended, naturally suspicious of his The morrow's sun had not attained companion.

its meridian altitude, when the master "A few fields from hence,” answered of Ivy Cottage was seen to issue therethe robber,“ is a shed, which, I sup- from, unattended, with a large bundle, pose, was formerly occupied by cattle, and io direct his steps towards the lane but now abandoned as not affording in which the night before he had been them sufficient shelter. 'Tis there my stopped by a robber. On reaching the wife and children lie at present." spot where the rencontre took place he

Had not the high hedges enveloped hesitated, and was looking round, unin partial gloom the spot where they certain which way to proceed, when he stood, the robber would have seen a tear saw a man approaching, and as he of sympathy steal down the manly cheek drew near, our hero recognized the of Mr. Filmore; but although he ob- wan, downcast features of the highwayserved it not, he saw what pleased him man, for they had been indelibly imbetter-the left hand of the traveller ex- pressed on his mind. The unhappy tended towards him, containing several man remembered his benefactor again, silver coins.

and touching his hat, was requested by “Take that for the present," said Mr. Mr. F. to lead the way to his family. F.," and to-morrow I will bring over “ Heaven reward you for your kindsome necessaries for your family." ness, sir,” said the robber, as they

“Oh, sir!” exclaimed the softened walked along “ but it comes too late man,

“how can I sufficiently thank you to benefit my little girl, who died last for your present and promised kind- night of cold and hunger.” ness! May Heaven's blessing rest on “ How many children have you ?" you and yours, for you will probably enquired Mr. F., endeavouring to stifle be the means of preserving the lives of a sigh. four perishing creatures !”

“ Only two boys now, sir, who are Our traveller was too much affected wan and sickly. to speak he waved his hand to the rob By this time they had reached a ruinber, pot up his weapon, and proceeded ous something, that might once have homeward.

been a shed. The well-known sound of her hus “ This is our dwelling place, sir," band's horse was heard with pleasure said the man, smiling bitterly. by Mrs. Filmore, who had become very Mr Filmore inwardly shuddered as uneasy respecting his rider, seeing that he entered the miserable hovel. In one his usual time of arrival had long been corner lay the lifeless girl, and in past. He had scarcely reached the gate the other the mother and boys, huddled when the door opened, and the feeble together for warmth. But when his rays of a candle darted into the frosty gaze fell on the mother, his eye became air.

as it were death-locked-an ashy pale“My dear, how late you be !Ar’nt ness pervaded his healthy countenance, you very cold ?-George, lad, go and and his lips became deadly white and put the horse up,” were the rapid ex- quivering; for there, exposed to every clamations of the good woman, as her wind that blew, and every storm that husband dismounted and ascended the descended--there, in the most heartsteps.

rending state of wretchedness, with Having thrown off his travelling gar- scarcely a rag to cover her emaciated ments, warmed his hands at the fire, person-there, with one child dead by and sat down to the supper-table, Mr. her side, and two others starving in her Filmore related to his wife his adven- bosom, lay the daughter of his loveture with the robber. She shuddered to the long lost Mary! She did not at think of the peril in which his life and first recognise her father ; but as she property had been placed, but entirely saw him stand before her motionless as sympathised with the sufferers, and cor- the sculptured marble, she fixed her dially promised to “ look up” some gaze intently on him-her dull eye be

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