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becoming consciousness of human covered a head of most extraordinary judgment's fallibility, than the cautious character. It remiuded us of Ibose five apod deliberate procedure required in as- busts found among the ruins caused by a certaining mental disease, and surrewe volcano, scorched and bruised, but not deriag a soppused lunatic to the custody deprived of their voble syminetry and of his kindred. A remarkable instance expression. His skin was darkened as of this kind fell woder iny own observa. if buruing lava had passed over it, ex. too. I was on my way to visit an cept on the upper part of his bead, uncle resident on the remolest coast of which appeared to have been labels Corowall, aud believed myself very near shaven, and was now bordered by a my journey's end, when the stage-coach fringe of the same crisp black hair, driver admitted a stranger iv till a scat which formed the thick curl of his eyewhich had been vacated. The other brows, and inet near his cbin. Black. three passengers were busily engaged stone and Beccaria were wholly forin a discussion on lawful aod unlawful gotten while we looked on this for. duels, and referring occasionally to a midable countenance, and observed that pamphlet printed in 1632, on occasion iis possessor had also a strong staff, bot of the Battle awarded in the preceding unlike the baton of the champions be year in the Court of Chivalry on ao Ap. had been describing. Not another word peal of Treasoo by Lord Hea agaiost was hazarded ; and when the mail-conch Mr. Ramsay. Then followed an at stopped, I mounted the horse provided tetapt to trace the Writ of Appeal and for me with great readiness, to escape Wager of Battel from the practice of from the sigbt of our unknown compuTurkey, and its prevalence in England vion. I shall be pardoned, I believe, if till the third year of Henry vii. But I confess, that during wy ride through our new companion, whose dress was the solitary lane which led to iny uo. very little superior to a disbanded sea- cle's old manor-house, I cast several mai, suddenly joined the conversa- suspicious glauces at the shadows which tion: “ Gentleinco," he began, in a a few shaggy elms threw over my path. stern voice. moderu pbilosophers se. The first kind salutations of a hospitable

, oe ver read, therefore they are always relative were hardly finished, when his making discoveries - Did Blackstone porter came to announce a stranger, see any, harbarity in this mode of sa- who desired instant admission on the tisfying justice, or did the Arcbhishop must urgent business. It was late, the of Toledo disdain to witness such a manor-boase was louely, and situated combat in the most religious court of near a cvast ooted for desperate pirates Europe ?"- This extraordinary combi. and contraband adventurers. But my pation of authorities made one of the good old uncle, who beld that office party sinile, though his professional pe. * the like of which," as has been mer. iulance was stirred by the implied com. rily said, “is known to no other land," parison between our English oracle and was too proud of his authority, and too an old Spanish bigot. To waive any far conscious that he held it with pure ther disputes on the wisdom or antiquity hands, to entertain any fears.-Yet he of trial by single cotabat, he began lo allowed me to accompany bím to what describe the dresses worn on such occa- be called his justice room, where, wiib siops in our third Henry's days. “Sir," much surprise and some apprehension, joierposed our legislator in a blue jac. I saw the dark mau. He looked at me ket, *the pike, dagger, long sword, and first as if recognizing my features, uod short.-* ord, which you speak of, were endeavouring lo examine their import ; appointed only for Hea avd Ramsay. thou addressing nay wucle with more In Henry's time, suchcombalants fought courtes than his rudę apparel prowilh weapons of small length, with mixed, he requested a private audieoce. heads, hands, and feet bare; or with A glance of intelligence which we bad ebon staves or batoons, having hard time to eschauge, induced my old kips. sand-bags fastened at the ends. And man to support me when I professed cach might have a four cornered shield myself this jodispedisable clerk. Afler without any iron, and a frock of red nysteriously closing Ile dvor, aud adEurop. Mag. Vol. LXXII. June 1818.

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vancing so near us as to make me regret gold," he answered ; "ando


valet that my travelling pistols were out of my tells me they were restored."- We reach, he announced, in a low and sin- looked at each other with sufficieat gularly solemn tone, that he came to agreement in our thoughts that the lay a capital charge against two sea- charge was wholly due to a disordered men of bis Majesty's sbip the

imagination ; and hoping to detect itu L" Of felony or murder?” said my incohereuce still more broadly, we reuncle, and I prepared pen and paper lo quired him to repeat it, while I made fulill my assumed office of his clerk.- minutes. But be made no variation “Of completing one, and conspiring to in uames or dates ; - his descriptions of commit ihe other," replied the in- the secret cove, of the boatswain's former in the same low tone, with a figure, and his companion's dress were mixed expression of fear and horror siogularly, precise and forcible. in his countenance. The Justice re- uncle called for supper, and sealing quired him to relate particulars, and bim by his fice-side, with the frauk they seemed distinctly told. He stated, kindness of an old English squire, that the boatswain and another person endeavoured to fix bis attention on belonging to an English ship of war, other subjects: We talked of political bad conveyed him in their boat, after occutrences, of the general state of dining with their captain and bis offi- Haly, and the victory then recept at cers, to an obscure cove on the coast Maida. A slight shivering of his lips near Naples, where be had been im. and eyelids indicated that ihis last subprisoned several days, and at last re. ject touched some lender nerve, and ho leased, or, to speak more properly, suddenly asked me if I had seen Calaabandoned without money, and almost bria. My nephew is an idle Tem. without clothes, on a desolate spot, plar," said the Justice, answering for from whence he was conveyed in a me,

" and has more ambition to be delirious fever by his valet. This last lined with good capon than at a cauparticular deserved enquiry. How did non's mouth."-Our guest's imagina, his valet discover bis master's silua- tion probably caught some unintended tion, and what induced him to visit reference in this allusion to Sbakspeare a part of the Neapolitan coast so deso. and he replied, with a fierce gesture; late and undistinguished, in quest of " He is right, and I have Duw 00 him? Our informer answered, that the honour to be jealous of. Gentlemen, inan bimself might be questioned on I understand the purpose of all this: that subject. To my remark, that only You persuade yourselves that an out: the fact of robbery could be substan- rage which did not end in the actual fiated, as murder did not appear to loss of my life and property, is dot have been designed, he replied, " Both worth a public and difficult investiga: were committed, but not within the tion : you wish to soothe me into for letter of our laws." Beiog urged to getfulness and forgiveuess, and I tback explain this ámbiguous sentence, be you for the attempt. You know'dot remained several minutes in a silence what a blessing it would be to forget, which implied such deep and melan. agd I have sought for it in many ways, choly récollection, that neither our cu. but these men haunt me still, and I must tiosity nor our suspicions emboldened

accuse thein. Remember, gentlemen. I us to interrupt it. My, honest uncle did not say how much of my life and prospoke first. - Child," he said, laying perty they spared, nor how little."-We his hand on the young man's shoulder, could make no answer to a speech which, withi a kindness which almost always with all its obscure incoherence, was created the confidence it expressed. solemo. Almost convinced that his “ there is something in this business visitor was insane, my uncle soothed more than

you have communicated, bim with an assuraoce that he would or less than you imagine. If these expedite the progress of justme, and men proposed an outrage against your had begun to offer bim a chamber urr life, why did they leave the opportu. der his roof till morbing, when another nity and the work pnfinished; and if stranger with three attendants claimed they never attempted it, why is a mur. admission, They were brought icle derous desiga imputed to them ?"- the room where we still sat with the Still be made no reply, and my, uoclc accuser, who starled from his place int cuquired the extent of tho robbery he their entrance, and held up the for tad suffered.--" Only a few.pieccs, of midable butoa- I have mentioned Out

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before. Sir Frederick Cornwall, as I the selfish plans of individoals are repo chuse to call our new visitor, prescoted dered parts of one wide and perfect bimself with very engaging politeness, system of equal justice. A few years and entreated pardon for his relative's passed after this incident, and all reintrusion. I accompanied, bim into membrance of it had begun to disanother apartment, and heard his ex appear, when my professional duties pressions of regret at the notional in brought me, on the western circuit, sanity which seemed to have takeo en- to a town where I received an anony. tire bold of bis nephew's mind. To my tuous; letter euclosing a large Bauk. question whether Colonel C. had ever pute to retain me as couosel jo the been in Naples, he replied that he had cause of a very young Preoch boy, only returned from thence a few days; charged with private robbery. The vole

but," he added, “his valet assures me | deposited in my uncle's baods, to reno part of this strange romance, which main untouched as a clue to future he persists in repeating, ever had existo discovery ; but the account circulated. coce, if we except the delirious fever he in the town concerning this 3 young bimself confesses "-A request that the 'offender was sufficient to joterest me. vohappy young man might be delivered He was accused of stealing the purse into his custody followed this speech, aod pocket-book of an unfortunate which did not appear to me quite satis: geotleman who occupied a small mau. factory. He perceived it, and pro- sion not far from the castle approduced several letters dated from Naples, priated to French prisovers of war. and distinctly giving the Neapolitan phy. Louis, as this buy called himself, had sician's opinion of bis distemper. One, been found bruised and senseless uoder writteu by the captain of the vessel the mausioo-wally from which he apis which Colonel.c. had sailed home, speared to have fallen in an attempt detailed many touchiog instauces of to escape from the garden, where the incurable dejection, and hinted at an owner had seen bim lurking, probably attempted suicide.. Tbis letter enclosed after robbing the lunatic who resided avoiber from the unfortuvate young there of the money found upon bim. offieer himself, relativg the transaction Amongst this money was a gold seal and in the bay of Naples exactly as be had diansund ring, bolh bearing the juitials described it to us, but with many ex

of Colonel Coruwall, and recognized by pressions of the keenest and most' des. many persons as his properly, though perale reseatment. Though these ex. bis repuled insanity rendered his evi. pressions were miogled with others which dence inadmissible. I questioned the seemed to imply grateful confidence in boy with all the severity and adroithis uncle's affection, I thought myself atness in my power, but could extort liberty to doubt it, and ventured to en- no confession from him regarding his quire wby the valet. had not aecom. business at that mansion, or tbe nicans panied his unfortunate master to Eng- by which the money fell into bis brands. Jand. Sir Frederick shewed me an lla- He did not deny that he had seeu Culolian letter, containing so natural and so nel Cornwall; he admitted the seal and clear a statement of the man's reasons ring might have been once his property, for remaining in his native country, that but would give po account of the gold. no-objection could be made. But iny My earnesi application procured a magood uucle, who well deserved the name gistrate's order for my .adurissiou into of Justice, positively detained the C'olo Colonel C.'s presi'nce alone. The keeper nel as his guest till the strictest'enqui. warned me of bis concealed fierceness vies had been pursued. Nothing result- and malignity, and let us together with ed that could ihrow doubt ou Sir Frede- evideot reluctance. He knew me in. rick, or justify us in withholding the stantly, and burst into tears. I love Colonel's person, which he surrendered buman rature, and honour it loo much himself with an air of tranquillity al- to dwell on the frightful picture he gave - most announting to happiness,

mie of his sufferings. The clearness, the I remember in my boyhood a certain moderation, and ihe melbod of his depiece of mathematical magic in an old-tail, convinced me they were uude. Encyclopædia, representing almost in- served; and my represeniations gained nunierable.circles most intricately in such attention from a discerning materwoven, but all combining in one. gislrate, supported by the votes of I have since found it a very accurate ibrce physicians, that he obtained adrepresentation of the manner in which mission joto court as a capable wit

ness. Ais narrative was simple and con. not confess the truth. Complete your
vincing. Louis, he said, had conveyed task by staying with me till my death,
three letters to him from an uoknown and you will learn all."- '-" You have
person, offering him money and jewels deceived me, tben, in the affair of
io bribe the keeper employed by his jo- Naples too, perhaps ?"_" On tbe faith
terested relative. This mysterious frieod of a dying inan, you have heard tbe
also promised to produce such evidence truth, and nothing but the truth, on
as would effectually silence those who that subject. I told you when we first
impeached his intellects. But be so- met, that I had enemies who had takep
Jennly protested that he could not còg. away my honour, and now they have
jecture from whence these offers came, reached my life.”
nor by what means Louis had obtained This terrible hint confirmed suspi.
the seal and ring, which he did not re- cions in my mind that had been ig-
meinber ever to bave seen before. I distinctly forming since the first pe.
confess my surprise at this last asser- riod of our acquaintance. Corowall's
tion, but it was useful to the prisoner. uncle had children wbo might be largely
As the charge of felony was completely benefited by his death : The suspected
falsified, the court did not deem it a valet was probably their agent, and the
duty to enquire fartber; the young strange outrage committed a! Naples
Frenchman was released ; and after a might bave been a stratagem to dis-
tedious struggle with the forms of order bis imagination, or an attempt
another court, our more unfortunate to remove him baffled by some secret
friend Cornwall was freed froin his meaus. Mine was not the only judg.
uncle's custody. I accompanied hiin meot biassed against Sir Frederick
to a retired villa in my own good uo- Cordwall, and the emaciated state of
cle's neighbourhood, wbich he chose his nephew, every where ascribed to
for the wildoess of ils scenery and the the ornelties inflicted on bim, caused
pastoral simplicity of its inhabitants. such geberat indignation aod abhor:
We arrived at the pleasan test hour of reuce, that the darkest suspicions were
tbat sweet spriog-season which belongs willingly received. Letters were prin
onls to England ; and I congratulated vately sent to powerful persons at
hinj, as I Thought, most opportunely Naples, urging them to trace the Italian
on his restoration to the rights and valet ; and while we awaited the result,
comforts of an Englishınan.-" It is my uncle and myself neglected no means
your work," he replied, with a me- to allure the melancholy man from bir
lancholy senile," and I will not be solitude. He was our guest whole days
so upgrateful as to tell you it is use- and weeks, and his house on these occa:
less." "I would rather be told that it sions was left to the care of ibree trusty:
is imperfect, provided you will teach servants; who bad knowll and loved bim
me bow to amend it. But I do not from his youth. They were alarmed
perceive any thing wanting to your one eveniug, in their master's absence,
traoquillity, unless you wish to know by the stoppage of a hired postchaisc
more of Louis ur bis employer; and at their gates, from whence, without
it is impossible to deny, Cornwall, that ceremony or enquiry, a veiled woman
your unwillingness to pursue enquiry came into the hall, and scated herself.
in that quarter calls some suspicion The servants tooked at each other in
upon yourself." He made no answer stupid confusion, for they all recog-
to this specch, except one of those dixed nized their master's divorced wife.
and haggard looks which accompanied - Be under no embarrassment," said
bis former state of dejection, 'uill I she, with a coolocss which completed
couched my question in direct terms their astonishinent: “ Colonel Corowall
"On your honour as a gentlernan, is absent, and I neither desire nor expect
and uuder the sacred sccresy which to see him. Bring me ink and paper,
I owe you as your counsellor, tell me and carry the letter I shall write."
if you know more of Louis?"-" My They all obeyed without uoderstand
dear friend," he answered, " and those iog ber outhority, and the whole bouse.
words imply.everything most sacred be- bold gathered round, each indulging his
iween man and inau, I do know Louis, curiosity by holding some article of the
and therefore I disclaimed all know. writing apparatus. With ber veil wwl.
:ledge of the seal and ring; the gold over her face, and an uomoved atti.
would bave burned both my heart and tude, she wrote and scaled her billet,
braio if I had.accepted it, but I could which the stoward, a mau of great fido-

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lity and shrewdness; brought instantly he added, "She has told you all, I see ; to me. His account of this singular. but the disclosure'nsight have been visit gave me great hopes of some de- spared till after my decease. You have cisive crisis ; and not without many beard that villains who personaled Eng aoxious expectations, I gave the paper lish seamen betrayed me into the ha ds into her husband's hands. He read of Neapolitan traitors.-I, who had voit twice, his countenance changed ex- lunteered my services on an important tremely, but merely writing two lives undertaking, and was entrusted with sewild bis pencil on the back of his wife's cret documents-1, while the army was note, be desired me to deliver it my: sailing to its destination; was impriseif. On sucb a mission there could soned in the den of that false woman's be no hesitativo. I found ber still sit- paramour, and then released alive with ting in the hall with her 'veil drawa. a mockery of mercy.”—“ But perbaps over ber,, and the servants stationed even that small mercy was shewn at her in a cluster at some distance to watch intercession."-" Yes!" be rejoined, her motions. She read her husband's with a smile full of bitterness,

" and answer, and after a short pause rose; she probably believed I would owe my and threw back her veil. " I have liberty a second time to her interrecollected myself, sir !” she said, ad- ference, and thank her for it. -Tell Vancing towards me: “ these people her I do give her thanks, not for my know me, and I have no right to screen life, but for making me seem a mado myself from their contempt : it is part man rather than a coward or 'a traitor, of the punishment I am come to meet, and for bastening my death now by and this veil is an indulgence I do not her intrusion."-- Look at this picdeserve. Colonel Curowall commands ture, bowever, and if it resembles the me to quit his house, but something is person whose agents imprisoned you, due to justice and public opinion. His, iell me by what name he is now called.” uncle accuses bim of inventing the con- -He looked at it an instant, and spiracy at Naples-You suspect tis on- thrusting it into the fire, replied cle of abeltiog it for his own purposes. " An Emperor's brother-in-law-the I was the only witness of that irans- King of Naples !" action, and will give my evidence when These were his last articulate words. and wbere you please ; but I adjure Except a look of sorrow and a long all these persons to attest that their pressure of my band when I asked for: master has spoken the truth, and that giveness for his wife, he gave vo sign of his uncle is innocent."-) was con- recollection before he died that might. founded by this public declaration on Tbe unhappy woman fell into the exa subject so vofit for the ears of vulgar tremest agonies of despair, and resigned and prejudiced hearers. I begged a herself to the most desolate solitude. private audience, and endeavoured to Yet the energy of her conduct in her persuade -ber that ber late husband's last confessivo, her courageous efforts bealth was in no state to bear agi- to release her busband from the tor. tating appeals and discoveries; but she tures of a mad house in the garb of persisted in offering a termination of a French boy, and her deep repentance all secrets as the readiest and most cer. of the frailty which led her step by step taio medicine for his melancholy. She into the society of military renegades, arged me to conduct her into his pre- proved a miod worthy a better" fate. rence, or to be the medium of her com- I did not discover till long after, that munication. I accepted the last aller- during three years sho had submilled native, and she put a large drawing into to perform the meanest duties of a memy hand.--" I look au oatb," said she, vial in the house where ber husband half-smiling, " never to name the prin suffered confinement as a lunatic, hopcipal actor in this affair, but I did not ing to find some means of expressing promise to conceal his picture."- her remorse, or of alleviating his mi. The servaots of Colonel' Cornwall's sery: but she found neither; and when establishment received my orders to her detection and dismission by the observe her parrowly till my return, keeper suggested the romantic expeand I set out, charged with a heavy dient of boy's attire, his inflexible pride and difficult task, to see bim again. refused all aid from a hand that had His first words were to prohibit the disgraced him. He died the victim of intrusion of the woman once called feelings too finely wrought: and if the bis wife. Then eying me, stedfastly, misery of an unfaithful wife seeds ago

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