« PreviousContinue »
famous predicateur ; but chiefly to hear and wished for once that I had been a
Aug., 27. * Mademoiselle de
“ I went to the church of the Car. young lady of high connections, and melites in the Fauxbourg de St. Jaques, Jarge fortune ; endowed with every ac which is one of the richelt repositories, complishment that can adorn the fairest and contains some of the choicest valu work of nature; and possessed of charms, ables in all Paris. The floor of the both of perfon, mind, and disposition, church throughout is marble, and the that attracted the love, the envy, and altar-piece very elegant, being a taberthe admiration of the world. So rich nacle of intire silver; but its chief beaua prize was looked at with a longing ties are the paintings. The admirable cye by the church. Accomplishments piece of Guido, of the Annunciation, such as these, destined to enrich society, which stands at the right of the altar, and benefit mankind, were to be vested is wonderfully soft and beautiful; and in folitude and prifon, and devoted, that celebrated production, the cheffalsely devoted, to the service of God.
d'auvre of Le Brun, representing a To this end, arts and persuasions were penitent Magdalen, is beyond descripeagerly and insiduously made use of :
tion interesting and expressive; her eyes temptations were held forth with faso, seem to be newly swoln with tears ; cinaling lustre ; and a false and glaring and it is impossible to look at her, for picture of visionary joys presented to her many minutes, without feeling fympaview. Her susceptible and warm mind thetic emotions. The face was taken was prevailed upon; and, allured by from that of the celebrated Comtesse de the charms of zeal and superstition, and Villaire,' who, in an hour of penitence elevated at the idea of heaven, and eter
and reinorse, few from the world to nal happiness, the consented to rob the this convent, and made an eternal for world of what was its due; and to ap- litude an atonement for the lawless love propriate to religion, what could alone of a monarch. be serviceable to society. Nature in vain had lavished on her the beauties of person, and the blessings of capacity in the circle of gaiety and fashion, the
“ In the full day of enjoyment, and, care and attention had in vain affifted French women are the most calculated and improved them; the expectation
to fine. In the shade of retirement, of friends, and the claims of the world, and the quiet of domestic life, those were alike disappointed ; and a lovely of our country are by far the most image of perfection was thus, as it amiable. I should prefer a French wo. were, annihilated. Such is the tale.
man for a mistress, but an English wo. “ She fang the service, with a voice
man for a wife, and powers that would have enraptured
Chantilly, Aug. 30. many an enamoured circle: now only destined to re-echo through the dreary
“ We took a view this evening of walls of a convent; or lull come sense the park and gardens, at this place ; less monk, from a state of apathy to belonging to the Prince de Conde; that of number. The chapel was too
which are very charming, and laid out confined for her voice, which would in a superior Ityle. have filled twice the space. I had a glimpse of her through the grate, as me “ We arrived at Ermenonville, and was kneeling with others of her sistere alighted at a small inn in the middle of hood. Seclusion and confinement had the village, which was beautifully rewasted away the bloom from her cheeks; cluse and pleasant: at a distance from and her fallow looks were rendered the the rest of the world, it feemed to exist more interesting, by the still beautiful here solely to itself. Such a village, black eyes that overhung them. O thought I, (as I entered it) was made Superstition ! how much halt thou to for Rousseau ; here he enjoyed the answer for, for thy many inroads upon chạrms of that rural, and that simple, Nature ! I sighed as I looked upon her, Aate he loved,
" The wife of Rousseau, I am sorry were of wood, and the other parts mate to be informed, cohabits with a worth- ted with reed, and lined with hair : upless fellow of a groom, that was once on a paper palted on the outside was In the service of the marquis. She is written; now about the age of fifty, and lives at Sabot que J. J. Rousseau portoit habituelle three miles distance from Ermenonville. ·ment, au moment de la mort, et qui sa She is neglected by all her friends; and veuve a donné au bon Antoine Mauthe marquis's family, who otherwise rice habitant d'Ermenonville. would have treated her with every en Gabriel Brezard a voulu honorer son Non en dearment and mark of friend Ahip, now le confecrant sur le-a de l'hommerely contribute to her support; which, me, que ne marcha jamais que dans with a pension of fifty pounds per ap:
le sentier de la verité. num, generously bestowed as an acknows “ The old man told me, that when ledgment of fuperior merit, by the king the king of Sweden was here, he asked of England, keeps hes above indigence to see them, hearing he had such in his and beneath prosperity.
possession. He brought them down in
a napkin, and laid them on the table “ After returning to my inn, I en: where the king was at dinner. •Take quired of the inhabitants every parti. away the napkin,' said the king 'cancular respecting Rousseau. They all not I touch the shoes of Rousseau?" He remembered Jean Jacques, as they af. eyed them with a look of regard; and, fectionately called him. I walked into turning to his hoft, asked him, if those a house, led by an inscription, inti. relics did not give him a great deal of maring that the king of Sweden had pleature? The old man treinbled, fearonce dined there. Being Sunday, I ing that the king would want them; found the mistress, with a party of her and told him, that they did, more than neighbours, fitting round a table at any thing in life. The king then cocards; they arose on my entrance, and pied the inscription, and returned them. · invited me to come in. I prevailed on Many have wished since to purchase them again to be seated, and the good them; and the old man has refused man of the house walked out with me five and twenty guineas for them; the into his garden. I asked him if he re Comtesse de Poligny begged fome of membered Rousseau. Oh! he remem the hair from them to put in a brilliant bered, he said, Jean Jacques well; he ring. fhould never forget him : " He was
Dieppe, Sept. 2, 1988. the best man,' said he, ' that ever « On setting off from Rouën, I lived ! Often would he come here, and found myself provided with a pretty litwalk about the garden, and in this very tle grey bidet, and a poitillion, in faspot sit down, and watch the water as vour of whom I was fomewhat prepof. it ran along in the brook, and play fessed, being the smartest of any I had with the marquis's children! I alked met with, dressed in a new royal livery him if he loved the village, if the vil- of blue, with red and gold, and a waistlage loved him. Sir,' said he, they coat, finely fringed. loved him as a father ; it was his cul
6 I mounted my nag,
with no sinall tom to wander out in the fields, and degree of self-tatistiction : when, givwatch them at their labours, and talk ing him the whip, I discovered that the to them about their separate concerns, only quality he had of going, was that in the kindest manner.' • He did not of moving backwards, as he began to live long with you?' said I. Only kick behind most furivuliy, to the great two months !_fuch a man,' said he derangement and endangering of my with warmth, 6 fhould have lived two perfou; being obliged to have recourse ages !' He was affected himself, and to his mane, in order to keep my feat, saw that I was also. He bade me fol. on account of the huge and ill-thaped low him, and he would shew me fome. wooden tadale I was snounted on. Ar thing that would please me.
lengih, 1 found the cnly way to ma“We went within doors, and he nage him was, to let him follow his brought down a pair of Phoes that Rous- coinpanion; the poftillion then cracked seau used to wear ; the foles and heels his whip, galloped away as falt as he
could go, and my horse after him; and down upon the other, with an apparent so exactly did he follow step by step, voluntary motion. We were all four that when the postillion's horse gallop- rolling together in the most ludicrous ed, mine galloped; when his trotred, situation imaginable; a situation, that walked, or stood Atill, mine correspond- at the moment I wished for that prince ed in every movement; till, by the of caricature, Geoffrey Gambado, to time I had proceeded half a mile from have been present at.” the town, I found myself covered all Our author, from this place, emover with dirt fiom head to foot, which barked on board a packet for Engflew from the heels of the other horse. land : during the voyage, he enters inAt length, when we had got about a to a general view of the political state mile from Rouën, as we were cantering of France at that period. He traces the over the pavé, the postillion's horse causes, and relates the events, which made a false step, and dashed with great contributed to kindle the embers of violence on the ground; the rider tum. liberty in the boroms of our Gallic bled off, and the horse rolled upon his neighbours; and, from the whole, dehuge jack-boot. My bidet, who fol. duces the probable consequences, and lowed close behind, was fo trongly ad- most likely termination, of those comdicted to the vice of imitation, that motions which still continue to agitate, without any visible cause whatever, he to distract, and endanger that unhappy immediately stopped short, and tumbled kingdom,
REMARKABLE DOMESTIC EVENTS.
readiness to grant such supplies as the KING'S SPEECH.
circumstances of the several branches ANUARY 21:-His majesty went of the public service may be found to
in ftate to the House of Peers, and require. opened the session with the following
66 My Lords and Gentlemen, speech to both Houses.
* The regulations preferibed by the My Lords and Gentlemen, act of the latt session of parliament, re« Since I last met you in parliament, lative to the corn trade, nor having the continuance of the war on the con
been duly carried into effect in several tinent, and the internal fituation of dif.
parts of the kingdom, there appeared ferent parts of Europe, have been pro; reason to apprehend that such an exductive
of events which have engaged portation of corn might take place, and my most serious attention.
luch difficulties occur in the impor6. While I fee with a just concern the
tation of foreign corn, as would have interruption of the tranquillity of other been productive of the most ferious incountries, I have at the lame time great convenience to my subjects. Under satisfaction in being able to acquaint these circumftances it appeared indiryou, that I receive continued assurances pensably neceffary to take immediate of the good disposition of all foreign measures for preventing the exportation powers towards these kingdoms; and I and facilitating the importation of ceram persuaded that you will entertain tain forts of corn; and I, therefore, by with me a deep and grateful sense of the advice of my privy council, issued the favour of Providence in continuing an order for that purpose, a copy of to my subjects the increasing advantages which I have directed to be laid before of peace, and the uninterrupted enjoy
you. ment of those invaluable blellings
“ I have only further to desire, that which they have so long derived from
you will continue to apply yourselves our excellent constitution.
to those objects which may require « Gentlemen of the House of Commons, our attention, with the same zeal for
“ I have given directions that the the public service which has hitherto estimates for the present year Mould be appeared in all your proceedings, and laid before you ; and I rely on your of which the effects have been so hap
pily manifested in the increase of the princess royal came from Buckingham public revenue, the extension of the house to St. James's before one o'clock; commerce and manufactures of the her majesty and the princesses Augusta country, and the general prosperity of and Elizabeth foon after; and before my people.”
two, the three younger princesses with In the absence of the lord chancel- their attendants. The drawing-room lor, lord Kenyon fat as speaker. commenced about two o'clock. The next day, addresses from both The queen wore a
elvet train, a Houses, were presented to his majelty, crape petticoat, striped with a beautiful and cordially received.
figured velvet ribbon, trimmed at each edge with blond; the space between
each stripe embroidered in little stars. As his majetty was passing near the The princess royal's dress was parHorse guards, in his way to the House ticularly elegant; her petticoat was of Lords, a person of genteel appear• striped with wreaths of laurel, embroi. ance threw a large stone with great dered on crape, intermixed with purple violence into the carriage, but for- foil, that appeared like a worm twisted tunately missed the royal person. He round the wreath ; the fpace between was immediately apprehended, and un
the stripes was covered with a final! derwent a long examination, in which embroidery in gold and coloured foil, it appeared that he is an officer on half- that formed a beautiful contrast to the pay, of the name of Frith, who has stripes. been long known to be insane, and says, Princess Augusta and princess Elihe committed this outrage with a view zabeth were dressed exactly alike, in of making himself famous. He proves gold tiffue trains, and crape petticoats, to be the fame person who wrote a libel richly ornamented with gold and coagainst his majesty, and suck it on the loured foil. whalebone in the court yard, St. James's, The king.- A scarlet cloth gala fuit, about a fortnight since, and figned his with a very rich embroidery in stars of name John Frith, lieutenant of the se- gold, entwined with wreathis of laurel : cond battalion of royals.
the loop, star, and George, of diaNext day a cabinet council was held monds. at the duke of Leeds's office, White
Prince of Wales, in a molt beautiful hall, when this person was brought up cut velvet gala fuit, of a dark colour, to be further examined : the council sat with green Itripes, and superbly eintwo hours, and was attended by Mr. broidered down the front and seams, Pitt, the two secretaries of ftate, duke with a broad embroidery of silver flowof Richmond, earl of Chatham, lord
ers intermixed with foil stones ; waistHawkesbury, fir William Faucett, lord coat, white and silver tissue, embroiKenyon, attorney and solicitor general, dered like the coat; the garter, fastened and fir Sampson Wright, who, after with a Moulder knot of brilliants, brila examining the constables and two of liant star, George, &c. The effct of the runners, ordered him to be returned this dress surpasses any thing we ever to the care of Mr. Moulsey, one of have seen. Mr. secretary Grenville's messengers, Duke of Gloucester, in full dress who immediately carried hiin to his regimentals, with a very brilliant star house in South Audley street.
attached to his order of knighthood. He has been fince examined several Duke of Cumberland, in a pompatimes, and was at last committed to
dour velvet very richly embroidered. Newgate : so that a Jury'must now decide on his true face of mind.
Many ridiculous reasons have been QUEEN'S BIRTH-DAY.
afligned to the public for prince Ed. The court was uncommonly splendid ward's unexpected return. The truth on this occasion. The concourse of however is, that the prince's allowance foreign nobility was great beyond pre was finall, and that with the natural cedent, and they added much to the warmth of a youthful temper, he overdistinction of the day. The king and run it. He was ordered to Gibraltar,
and anxious to acquit his obligations, in Stafford, 75. 40.--and in Wor he returned to folicit his majesty to pay cester, 7$. 5d. his debts. Through the fraternal feel.
SINGULAR INSTANCE OF HUMAN ings of the prince of Wales, their ma
COURAGE! jefties have been happily reconciled to the youth. His debts, amounting to
In consequence of information being fonething above fourteen thouland sent to the public office, Bow street, of pounds, are to be paid by the king: the house of colonel Steckalin at Wool. he is to embark for Gibraltar, and re
wich Warren being broke open, fir main there for two years ; at the end Sampson Wright fent two of his runs of which time he is to return and re
ners to examine into the affair. On ceive rank and establishment.
their making a proper survey, they ac
quainted the colonel, that they were PHILANTHROPY.
fully convinced fome of the servants of The philanthropic Mr. Howard was the house must have been concerned : on the 17th of November in perfect on which the man-Servant was taken health at Cherson, in Little Tartary, into custody; and, on being examined, in his way to Turkey, visiting the confessed that he had made the alarm Russian military and naval hofpitals in himself; he fired off several pistols and that neighbourhood, after having in- blunderbuffes, and broke several of the spected those of Riga, Cronstadt, &c. windows ; that no attempt had been which he found in the most dreadful made; that he did it to make his master kate of neglect, through which at least believe he was a very courageous man, feventy thousand foldiers and failors and expected the colonel would have are said to have perifhed in the last year given him
a halbert. He was committed only.
to prifon for further examination. He THE WEATHER.
has three times before used the same A gentleman of considerable astrono. itratagem. mic genius afcribes the present mild
ANIMAL COURAGE. temperature of the weather to the comet For some time past the road between predicted many years ago by fir Isaac Capo di Monte and Miano, a few miles Newton, and which is now expected to distance from Naples, had been infested be fast approaching in its progress to- by a robber who had always found wards the western parts of Europe. means to elude all pursuit. A mer
chant who had been well acquainted
with him, having business at Miano, The average price of wheat per set off for that place early one mornbushel, throughout the country, from ing, and took with him in his chaise his December 28, to January 2, was as Corsican dog, which he covered with follows: In Northumberland, gs. sd. his great coat, to keep him from the -in Lincoln, 55. gd.-in Durham, cold. At a narrow part of the road he <s. rod. in York, ss. ind.-in Cam- was stopped by the robber. The mere bridge and Suffolk, 6s.-in Norfolk, chant at first reminding him of their old 6s. id.-in Essex, Cumberland, and acquaintance, hoped to persuade him to Kent, bs.2d.-in Westmoreland, 6s. 3d. be satisfied with a present; but he an--in London, Huntingdon, Notting- swered that he knew nobody, and that ham, and Sussex, 6s. 4d.-in Surrey, if the merchant wished to fave his life, Bucks, and Cornwall, 6s. sd. in he must give up every thing valuable Bedford and Rutland, 6s. 6d. -in , he had about him. The merchant preDerby and South Wales, 6s, 7d.-in tending to comply,, waked his dog, Hertford, 6s. 8d.-in Northampton, which was sleeping between his feet, Leicester, Berks, Hants, and North and set him on. The intrepid animal Wales, 6s. gd. -in Middlesex and feized the robber by the throat, threw Wilts, 6s. 100.-in Gloucester, Ox- him to the ground, and found means to ford, Lancashire, and Devon, 6s. sid. baffle the attempts he made with his in Salop, 75.-in Cheshire and So- pistols and dagger to rid himself of his merset, 7s. id.-in Monmouth and assailant. In the mean time the merDorset, 7s. 20.-in Warwick, 75. 34. chant drove off at full fpeed, and ftop:
AVERAGE PRICES OF CORN.