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who perforined a meritorious service, taking a view of the country, I aseended might be declared free; and upon this through the hole; but it was imposa ground, he procured the manumission fible to discover the leaft signs of any of all his companions.

house, though I knew that our attendo But his chief embarrassment arose ants were lodged in nine different ada from the impatience of Madame Nilow jacent jourts. The continuance of the and the governor's family, for the cele. hurricane, which considerably aug: bration of his nuptials with Miss Apha. mented the quantity of snow about us nasia.

compelled us to remain here till the One evening, the count supped out 25th. with the governor, and his intended « On the 13th of February re lady. Chefs parties were formed, and reached the village of Kamenin, where games were played to large amount; all my projects would have been over: most of which was won by our tra- thrown, it a lucky accident had not veller. “The governor took a pleasure averted this most imminent danger in looking on, and I did not quit the On the 14th, in the morning, I came company till about four in the morn. out to direct Mr. Kuzneczow to fend ing, when I attended him to his house, an express to our associates at Bolsha, where I offered to take my leave, but to advise them of our return. As was detained on pretence of the danger soon as I came out, I was accosted by a of accidents. But great was my furo native, who requested to be introduced prize, when the governor's lady intro to the governor, as he said he had a duced me into the chamber of Miss letter for him from an exile who had Aphanasia, where she took her leave, been taken ill, and was by that means faying, "I hope you will be prudent; prevented from waiting on the governor but as it is proper you should be ac himself. I ordered this man to follow customed to live together, I thought me, and went with him to Kuzneczow, you could not be better lodged than where, after opening the letter, I saw it with my daughters !' with these words contained an account of the fecrets of she retired, willing me a good night. our union, from one of the associates Astonished as I was at this speech and named Levantiew. This man came manner of proceeding, so contrary to from Nisney to join the governor, and the customs of Europe, I had ample make his report in person ; but, hapmatter to form fyftems; but my charm- pily for our cause, a violent cholic feized ing companion did not permit me to him in the middle of his journey, and employ my thoughts on meditations of forced him to adopt the expedient of this kind. She had so much to fay, fencing a letter to the governor Upoh and I to answer, that we passed the time this information I ordered Kuzneczow without thinking of sleep, and I did to depart immediately with Ivan Kuda not leave her company till eight in the rin, and dispatch the traitor. morning."

On the s&th we arrived at Napana, In the beginning of January 1771, where I met a foreign exile whote ache accompanied the governor of Bollo- quaintance I immediately requested, and Iczky Ostrogg, on a short tour : the was not a little surprifed to behold a following Mort extract from his journal, man of the age of ninety-two years in will afford some idea of the dismal perfect health. He told me his name country through which they passed. was Ehrenicbild, a Swedish colonel,

“ On the 20th we arrived at Chia- who had been exiled forty-nine years kollautka, almost martyred by the im- before into Siberia, and had dwelt ac petuofity of the wind, and very near be- Kamchatka for twenty-two years. I ing fwallowed up by the drifts of Inow. proposed to him to join us at Bolsha, to We had scarcely entered the jourt of which he consented, and for which the tajon before it blew a perfect hurri- purpose I obtained the governor's percane, and in the morning we found our million; but this unfortunate person dwelling buried under the snow. The died a short time after. country people exerted themselves to The count compiled a history of open a passage through the snow, in Kamchatka at the request of his friend order to get out. Being desirous of the governor, who was highly pleated

with the result of his labours. “Their champignon, very common in this counwomen,” says the count, “are excecd- try; the infusion of which causes drunk. ingly dispoled to luxury, to such a de- ennefs and hilarity, but, if used to exé gree, that they do not perform the of. cels, produces strong convulsions, which fices of the kitchen without their gloves terminate in death. on ; and they would not, on any ac Several of the succeeding chapters are count, luffer ihemselves to be seen by a occupied by a detail of the plors and stranger without their gloves and rouge, contrivances of the exiles to escape. which they smear in large quantities One of thefe, Mr. Stephanow, strongly upon their hiilcouscountenances. These opposed the motion to invest our hero people dweil in two kinds of houses; with the whole management of the busitheir winter habitation is called you th, ness, on motives of the most implacable and that of the Summer b;alagan. hatred, arising from a passion which he

"The whole religion of the natives of had conceived for Miss A phanalia, the Kamchatka consists in the belief that governor's daughter. This man chale their God, having for merly dwelled in lenged Benyowíky to a combat with Kamchatka, fixed his liabitation upon the broad sword; the battle was fought, the banks of each river leveral years, and ended in favour of the count, who. and peopled those places with his chilo generousiy preserved the life of his opdren, to whom before his disappearance ponent and rival. But this not fuba to establish himlelf elsewhere, he gave duing the fury of the madman, the the circumambient country for an in exiles ordered him before them, at their heritance. For this reason they never secret mecting, and placed a goblet on quit a domain so ancient and unalien- the table, containing a strong emetic, able.

which the unhappy man supposed to be " It is difficult to conceive what poiton, and which really would have reasons could lead so wretched a people, been to, but for the humane interwho have nothing either to lose or to ference of Benyowsky. After fainting gain, to enter into war. But it is very several times, he was permitted to rt. certain that they are strongly addicted to tire; when a violent fevet fucceeded, revenge. The object of their wars can which nearly colt him his life. be only that of making prisoners, to Benyowsky, after several methods of employ the men in work, and subject escape had been rejected, proposed to the women to their pleasures. There secure the good will of a caprain of a is no doubt, however, but that the small vertel who was about to fail, a. Collacks on their arrival excited trou man inuch embarrassed in his circum. bles and differences among them, in ftances. In this our hero succeeded; order to profit by their inteftine wars. but he did not disclose to him the whole The conquest of this nation has been a of their design. When, however, every very difficult task to the Cossacks; for, thing bore the most flattering appearthough feeble in its wretchedness, it ance, the indiscretion of one of the has thewn itself terrible in its defence. party frustrated their well concerted They have availed themselves of trata- pian. gem and treachery when force was un - About ten o'clock this day I resuccessful; and if it be true that this ceived a message from Miss Nilow, nation is base, yet the fear of death pre- that she would call on me in the aftervails fo little among them, that suicide noon, requesting at the same time that is

very common. There are instances I would be alone, because she had af. of these people being besieged by the fairs of importance to communicate. Cossacks in a place of retreat, and, As I supposed the latter part of this when destitute of all hope of efcape, message to be mere pleasantry, I was far they have first cut the throats of their from expecting ariy extraordinary in. wives and children, and afterwardskill- formation ; and my surprise at the ed themselves. The use of muchoinor event was much greater, as I had not is convenient for this purpose, as a dose the leaft reafon to suppose the had made of it causes them to die by a profound any discovery of my intentions. Miss sleep, which deprives theni of all senfa. Nilow arrived at three in the afternoon ; tion. The muchomor is a kind of her agitation on her first appearance YOL. 11.

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convinced me that she was exceedingly whether I was to blame or not. She afflicted. At sight of me de paused a promised the would, and I addressed her moment, and soon after burst into tears, in the following terms: and threw herself into my arms, crying “ You may recollect, my dear friend, out, o that she was unfortunate and the account I gave you of my birth, and forsaken !' Her fighs and tears were the rank I held in Europe : I remember so extreme, that it was more than a the tears you thed on that occasion. quarter of an hour before I could ob- The misfortune of being exiled to Kam. tain a connected sentence. I was ex- chatka, would long fince have compelled tremely affected at her situation, and me to deliver myself froin tyranny, by ufed every expedient to calm her mind; death, if your acquaintance and attachbut this was extremely difficult, be- ment had not preserved me. I have cause I was entirely ignorant of the lived for you, and if you could read my reason of her affliction.

heart, I am sure I should have your • As soon as the became a little com- pity ; for the possession of your person posed, she begged me to shut the door, is become as necessary to my existence that no one might interrupt us. I came as liberty itself. The liberty I speak of, back, and on my knees entreated her to is not that which your worthy father explain the cause of her present fitu- has given me, but implies the possession ation, which she did to the following of my estate and rank. I have hoped effe&t :

for the possession of your person, with a “She informed me that her maid had view of rendering you happy, in the discovered to her, that a certain person, participation of my fortune and dignamed Ivan Kudrin, one of my affoci- nity. These views cannot be accomates, had proposed to her to share his plished at Kamchatka. What rank fortune, and that this indiscreet person can I bestow on my love but that of an had assured the girl, that he was about exile ? The favours of your worthy fato quit Kamchatka with me, to make a ther may be of the shortelt duration. His voyage to Europe, where he hoped to successor may foon recal his ordinances, place her in an agreeable situation. and plunge me again into that state of The maid had first related the circum- suffering and contempt, from which I fance to her mistress, but, as she could was delivered for a short moment. Renever believe me capable of such base present to yourself, my dearest friend, and treacherous behaviour to her, me the affliction and despair that would was desirous of hearing the account overwhelm my soul, when I believe you herself, and had, for that purpose, per- a Marer in my pain and disgrace ; for fuaded the servant to appoint a meeting you well know, that all the Russians with Kudrin, in order to question him esteem the exiles as dishonoured persons. more amply, while the herself might You have forced me to this declaration hear the whole, by being concealed be- of iny intentions, in which I have been hind a curtain. In this manner, the guided by the attachment and sincerity faid, she became convinced of her un- of my heart. I deferred the communihappiness, and my treachery; and that cation to you, but I swear that such she would have spared me the confusion was my resolution.-"Why then,' interof hearing this, if, from a conviction rupted she, did you conceal your intenthat the could not live after such an tion from me, who am ready to follow affront, The had not been desirous of you to the farthest limits of the unibidding me a last farewel.

verse?'- This assurance encouraged me “On finishing these words the fainted; to proceed, and engage this charming and though I was exceedingly alarmed young lady in my interests.. I told her, and distressed on the occasion, yet I did therefore, that I was prevented only by not fail to arrange a plan in my mind, the fear lest flie should refuse my produring the interval of her insensibility. posals, on account of her attachment to When this amiable young lady re- her parents: but that, as I now had nocovered, she asked if she might give thing to fear in that respect, I could incredit to what she had heard. I then form her, that my intention being to threw myself at her feet, and intreated leave Kamchatka, I had determined to her to hear me calmly, and judge carry her off ; and in order to convince

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'her, I was ready to call Mr. Crustiew, inviolably, I had no other uneasiness who would confirm the truth. On remaining but what arose from the this assurance le embraced :ne, and communication having been made to intreated me to forgive her want of her fervant. I mentioned my fears to confidence, at the same time that the Miss Nilow, who removed them, by 'declared her readiness to accompany assuring me that her servant was too

much attached to her to betray her “ This degree of confidential inter- · secret; and had, besides, an affection for course being established, I persuaded Kudrin, so that she could answer for her her to dismits every fear from her mind. discretion. Thus agreeably ended our Many were the trials I made of her re. conversation, though the commencefolution, and the event convinced me, ment was rather tragical; and I receive that she was perfectly determined to ed the vows of attachment and fidelity follow

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loved mistress. Some of the incidents HE winter theatres closed in June, are entertaining, and others highly

without producing any thing new, pleasing. The dialogue has some good in addition to what we have previously sentiments sprinkled through it; and is noticed. The Haymarket opened, un- occasionally lively and laughable. It der the direction of Mr. Colman, jun. is the oroduction of Mr. Schoen, a and two new pieces have already been young barrister of eminence, and auperformed. The first is a farce en thor of feveral poetical pieces, parți. titled, TRY AGAIN. It possesses an cularly the Difbanded Subaltern. abundance of incident, but more of This piece, which will bear reading pun than humour. Meflis. Aickin, as well as seeing, was powerfully fupRyder, Bannister, jun. Mrs. Brooks, ported by the performers; the principal Mrs. Taylor, and Mrs. Edwards, were of whom were, Meff. Ryder, Waterthe principal performers. The piece house, Davies, Baunifter, fen. R. Pal. was favourably received.

mer, Bannister, jun. Mrs. Goodall, The second, was an opera, perform- Mrs. Iliff, Miss Fontenelle, Mrs. Ed. ed on the 16th of July, entitled New wards, and Mrs. Bannister. SPAIN, or Love in Mexico. The The music is by Dr. Arnold. Though title fufficiently thews where the scene chiefly compiled, it evinces a happy and is laid, the buliness of which conlists in well-cultivated taste. The chorus of the conduct of the love-plots of Don savages was peculiarly appropriate, and Garcias and Leonora, Don Juan and much admired. Julia, and the adventures of Alkinonoak

REMARKABLE DOMESTIC EVENTS.

JULY, 1790.

GRAND CONFEDERATION OF the quality his orders were to be considered
FRENCH ON THE ANNIVERSARY

as coming immediately from the king.

The fieur de Gouvion was appointed OF THEIR FREEDOM.

major-general en second. Proclamation was published by On Tuesday the 13th, the king re

the king, on the 13th, arranging viewed the deputies from the eightythe whole order of the procession, and three departments of the nation, on appointing the fieur de la Fayette majore which occasion the populace filled she general of the Federation; and, in this air with thouts of Vive le roi! Since

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the arrival of the deputies at Paris, his Second division of mufic. majesty's bodyguard lias been compoled A battalion of children carrying a of drafts from them, the troops of the tandard, with the words, "'The line, and the Parisian guards.

hopes of the nation." At the Metropolitan church, Te A detachment of the colours of the Deum was performed, with a band national guard of Paris. consisting of all the performers of the A battalion of veterans. Royal Academy of Music, and thote The deputies of the thirty-tivo firft debelonging to the various places of pub partments of the nation, in lic amusement. The electors, the re

alphabetical order. presentatives of the commons of Paris, The oriflamme; or, grand standard of the deputies of the national departments, the king, borne by a cornettetwelve members of the National Atlem blanche of France, in the first bly, and a valt concourse of people rank of the depuies of the attended."

troops of the line, com. By way of introduction to the Te

posed of marischalls Deuin, a Hierodram, composed of verses

of France. from the Pfalms and books of Prophets,

General officers. applicable to the purpose of the cere

Officers of the staff. Inony, was performed. An overture

Subaltern officers. by M. des Augiers, composed for the

Commissioners of war. 'occasion, communicated the most lively

Invalids. impressions, and produced the grandeit Lieutenants of the marischalls of France. effe&ts. The memorable evening

that

Deputies of infantry. preceded July 14, 1789, was described

Deputies of cavalry. with all the truth of expitsion; a Deputies of husfars, dragoons, and fong of victory announced the fall of

chasseurs. the baleful caitle where Despotilin held General officers and deputies of the his feat; a citizen called on the viéto. marine, according to rank. rious people to give thanks to the The deputies of the forty-one last deSupreme Difpofer of events ; Populi partments, in alphabetical order. laudate Deum, and a grand chorus, A company of volunteer chafleurs. which began the Te Deum, answered A company of cavalry, with a standard the call of the citizen'.

and two trumpets. On Wednesday morning, July r2, The procession being formed, made at fix o'clock, all the persons appointed a most noble appearance ; for the va

to affist in the proceflion, assembled on rieties of emblematic ornaments were s' the Boulevards, between the gate of St. endless. Every order was marked by

Martin and the gate of St. Antoine, and distinguishing indications of the diftriét 'the procession was arranged in the fol., from which they came, or the body loving order:

which they represented ; and in doing A troop of horse, with a standard, and this, much fruitful fancy had been emfix trumpets.

ployed to make the marks ferve for ar. One division of the music, consisting of nament as well as distinction.

feveral hundred instruments. The military deputies had only their

A company of grenadiers. fide-arms. In each division a banner, The electors of the city of Paris. indicative of the department, was borne

A company of volunteers. by the oldest person in the first rank, and The assembly of the representatives of the ranks were formed eight a-breaft, the commons.

The procession paffed along the streets The military committee. of St. Dennis, of the Feronnerie, St, A company of chasseurs. Honoré, Royale, to the place of Louis A band of drums.

XV. where they halted, and the detach. The prefidents of the distri&ts. ment of the colours of the national The deputies of the commons ap- guard of Paris opening to tire right and

pointed to take for them leftreceived into the centre the mem. the federal oath,

bers of the National Assembly, who The fixty administrators of the muni. were thus surrounded and escorted by "cipality, with the city guards, the body who had before protected them.

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