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1769.
LETTER FROM PAOL I.

37 on the situation of our affairs. My leges of human nature. What does it charader has not been that of a hero fignify to me, that I am able to comof romance, a Quixote, or an Amadis. mand a multitude of Naves, who shall There is nothing more real than the come and humiliate themselves at my tject I porsue. But if, instead of a feet, if in a quarter of an hour after. real object, I pursue a chimera, I am wards, I am forced, in my turn, to drceived indeed; yet my error shall humble myself at the feet of another, serer cause me to desert the common one degree higher than myself? If i czase. What are for the most part the fall the victim of liberty, 'I shall fall cbjects of our pursuits, but dazzling nobly, and teach others to facrifice chimeras, which have no other exit then selves to the common cause. Our teoce than ibat which our lively and love of liberty will subfilt, even among de.cived imagination lends them? Up- the ruins of our country; it will be cn this principle, I will pursue my enlivened by fire, be born again of Era plan; and if that liberty which I the ashes, and will grow, though in feek, is not to be found any where, irons. Of one Naughtered hero will I till fall account him my enemy, be produced a thousand; and as Terthat will undertake to remove the de. tullian said of the primitive martyrs lifos from my sight ! Let me enjoy of the church, “ Their blood will be this dream, which, to me, seems so fruitful, and heroes will never be much like truth.

wanting in Corsica." The offers that have been made me are both injurious to me, and repug. To the AUTHOR of the LONDON naat to that spirit of liberty, which

MAGAZINE. circulares with my blood in my veins,

SIR, and which thall circulate with it to the lait drop. You little know the

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very just one, that children do not courage of the Corsicans, if you can know the duty which is owing to believe they will ever submit to a fo their parents, till they come to have reign yoke. All the efforts of Genoa a progeny of their own; then indeed bave proved incffe&tual, against their the numberless hours of folicitude, valour and love of liberty; and fall which they experience for the happi. we then submit to another power that nefs of their little ones, wake them Comes 10 offer us its chains? The into the full fenfibility of a filial afrocks that surround me, hall melt fe&tion, if they are not wholly callous away, ere I will betray a cause which to the finest feelings of humanity; and I hold in common with the lowest Cor. they learn a just knowledge of the obscan. No; I never will betray my ligations they lie under to the authors country, after having been the genes of their being, by the reverence and tous defender of it. If any man was love which they expect from those on capable of enslaving me, it would be whom they have conferred the blerthe Comé de Marbeuf; and the king ling of existence themselves.. ning matter could not have chosen a I myself, Sir, am a melan. EXZ enchanting man : But you know, choly proof of the foregoing observaSir, the price of liberty, like health, tion. --My father, Sir, is a man of fa. u only known when lost; they are the mily and fortune, who, though he had molt precious enjoyments of life. Let several other children, equally entitled the mean flaves of ibeir masters wills to bis attention, yet treated me with fawn at their feet, and renounce the such an extraordinary share of affecBatoral rights of humanity; as for tion, that I was generally distinguishme, I have learnt to be free ; I know ed by the name of the favourite : This bow to live lo; and to die free, I distinction, however, instead of giving would facrifice ten lives if I had them: me a laudable ambition of deserving I have but one, but that hall not sur- the parental partiality, filled me only vise my liberty. Be assured, Sir, I with a shameful inclination to abuse ball ever be immoveable. Gold loses it ; the continual indulgence which is tplendor, when offered as the price thould excite my gratitude, served en. cí liberty. Honours are only able to tirely to swell my pride; and the fadazzle fools, if they are not to be ob vours which I ought to have received tained bus by renouncing the privi- with the deepest respect, I looked up

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The affecting History of Maria Mortimer. Jan. on as so many actual debts to my su- reconciled me to this offer, I mean perior accomplishments.—Nay, Sir, the recommendation of a parent, maÍ frequently thought my father terially determined me againft it. I much obliged to nie, when I con could not bear the thought of being descended to accept a token of his governed; my lover was, besides, a tendernesi, and relented as an abso. man wholly without spirit, that is, Jute indignity to my merit any neces- without either the fashionable follies, sary document which he gave on the or the fathionable vices of the age, glaring improprieties of my behaviour. and there was no enduring the lifeless

Volatile and vain, my regards were morality of such a character ; he was, 5 solely centered in myself, and I ima- therefore, speedily dismified, and my gined him either unnatural or kind, father presuming to be offended at my as he consulted the gratification of my folly, I complied with the presling.sowishes; yet though I expected he licitations of a young captain of drawould upon all occasions comply with goons, who had newly enrolled bimthe particular turn of my temper, I felt among the number of my admir never recollected that any thing was ers, and spiritedly accompanied him due to his peace ; I never remember on a matrimonial tour to Scotland, ed that his happiness materially de- without ever asking a single question pended upon my prudence, nor con- relative to his circumstances or his fa. sidered how cruelly an act of disobe. mily. dience must stab him to the heart; on Oh! ye amiable, ye now smiling the contrary, Sir, to my everlasting daughters of prosperity, who enjoy disgrace be it mentioned, I always the bleffings of a paternal protection, wanted his repose sacrificed to my own learn from my wretched fate to set a humour, and even found an exquisite just estimation on the tenderness of a pleasure in revenging on the good, father ; do not think disobedience a the venerable man, every opposition proof of good sense, nor imagine it a which he had made to the arrogance mark of heroism to be unnatural. Un. of my will ; that is, in other words, acquainted with the ways of the world, every affectionate anxiety which he you require instruction from the wise

, manifested for the advancement of my and none can be so faithful a monitor, felicity.

as he who is most deeply interested in The hand, the upright hand of your happiness. Had I prudently fol. heaven, however, has justly punished lowed the leffon, which fatal experimy ingratitude, and the very disobe ence enables me to inculcate, how dience in which I triumplied, is now, many days of anguish had I avoided ! by the wise dispensation of providence, But recollection now only serves to a rod of scorpions to itself. If I can, harrow up my bosom, and the misery Sir, I fall pursue iny unfortunate which must mark the remnant of my ftory : Yet the recollection of my life, is for ever to be aggravated with guilt, almost stings me into madness"; the consciousness of its being juftly meand I even blush to ask compassion rited. from the world, where I am conscious For some time after my marriage, so little pity is due to my tears. Sir, I expected every day to receive an

Indulged as I was by the goodness overture of reconciliation from my thus abused, Sir, and pofteiled of a father, and my pride began to be soperson, perhaps, passable enough, it verely mortified at the bare imagina. may be easily supposed that when I tion that it was possible for him to cal approached to maturity, I received me wholly off froin his affection. Some flattering addresses from your But this pride was still more mortified sex, especially as I had pretensions to when my husband informed me, that a genteel fortune : My poor father, he had lost a large sum of money, at indeed, was extrensely desirous of see- play, and that, unless my family im. ing me fettled in the world, and re- mediately did some very handsome commended a gentleman to my atten- things for me, he must not only be un. tion, who was every way qualified to der an indispensible necessity of selling make me happy, if I had entertained his commiffion, but must eternally bid any rational ideas of happiness; but adieu to his country. Thunder-struck the very argument which mould have at this information, I felt all the guilt

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39 of my late misconduct with the keen- miserable state to which I had reduced et senability.--Nay, my very vani: myself, my mind was hurried into ty supplied the place of virtue ; and madness; but when I saw my sweet pointed out the meanness of applying innocent, and recollected his life inonly in the hour of distress, and even mediately depended upon mine, my then of applying merely for relief to despair was melted into anguish, and the father, whom I had lo infamously found relief in a plentiful flood of deserted, for an acquaintance of a tears. With the two guineas already month. —However, the application mentioned, and a few small sums

vas unavoidable; my husband's diffi- which I have borrowed from the he culties, if removed, were to be re. friends who still condescended to own

moved instantly. I therefore sat down me, I have made a shift, Sir, to sublist
blushing with thame, yet trembling for a twelvemonth, which has now
with apprehension, and wrote a peni- just elapsed since the

flight of my bar. aut tential letter to my father, acknow. barous husband. But, alas! Sir, bledging my faults, setting forth my dif- these resources now begin to fail me. intresses, and conjuring him, by all he People industriously seek causes to

held most dear, to take pity on my avoid an intercourle with the wretch Stretched fituation.

ed, and I who once thought it disThis letter I dispatched by a foot- graceful even to make concessions to chman, who returned in a little time a father, am now obliged to suppli

with the excruciating answer, that cate the compassion of itrangers for a

my father had solemnly determined precarious bit of bread. What will 1:5 nefer to hold the least intercourse with become of me, heaven only knows !

an vonatural wretch who had destroy- unless I am speedily affifted. My

ed his everlasting peace of mind, and beautiful prattler lies at this moment rets brought an indelible ftain upon his dangerously ill of a fever, and must

house, by marrying a despicable gam- inevitably perish for necessaries, if the size bler. Dreadful as this reply appeared miniftring angel of providence does

to me, the information it contained, not quickly stretch forth fome blessed
with regard to my busband's character, hand to his relief.
was the most insupportable part of it. To my father I dare not look up
I always looked upon him to be a for pity. Yet, venerable author of
gentleman at leaft; though imprudent. my being ! if you could conceive but

married, I did not fancy myself the smallest idea of what your aban-
married dishonourably. But my fa. doned Maria feels for her disobedi.
ther's opinion of my choice was un. ence, if you could but know the pangs
happily too juttly founded, and when which tear her borom, while the thus
the contemptible fellow,in whose hands relates her ingratitude to you, and
I kad placed the whole happiness of weeps upon the melancholyi cradle of
my life, discovered that my expecta. her expiring infant, your generous
tions of a fortune were entirely at an heart would be struck at her affi&tions,
end, he quitted the kingdom, and and your humanity would be intereft.
the first intelligence I received of his ed for the fellow-creature, though
fight, came from a man to whom he your justice might prevent you from
had fold not only the furniture of looking with tenderness upon the
his house, but all the little ornaments daughter! Q then, with mercy, hear
I carried with me from home, even to her prayer-me does not prelume to
the gown in which I was then drest; address your fondness as a father-but
leaving me but two guineas, to enter your charity as a man-save her dye
upon an inhospitable world, and to ing little one--and she asks no con.
fupport a helpless poor infant, who passion for herself --- Snatch him from
was as cruelly deserted as its unfor the grave, and give her to death with
tunate mother.

out reluctance...he is called after
To whom, or what, or how could yourself, and may yet live to make
I complain? In the firt moments of some atonement for his mother's
my distraction, nothing but the ago. crime...No!...'tis too late.. he is now
Dizing fondness which I felt for my in his last agonies...and all will be
unhappy little boy, prevented me speedily over with
from some act of desperation on my

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As I MPARTIAL REVIE W of NEW PUBLICATIONS. ARTICLE 1.

flections contained in it, were intended for

the private use of friends under affliction ; A Letter to the Rigbe Reverend ibe Lord but that he had noi proceeded far with them,

Bijep of Oxford, from obe Mafter of Ibe Tem before a severe eveat of the same kind, rene pleCer:aining Remarks upon fome Seriêlures

dered it necessary for him to call the pread: by bi: Grace sbe late Aubbishop of Can.

Cepts home to his own mind; and it would terbery, in tbe Riv. Mr. Merrick's Annola.

be happy, he says, if he could recimmend lians er: Ibe Psalms, Evo. is. Longman. their efficacy on experience, though he ac

The late archbishop of Canterbury bav. knowleges that the writing of them helped ing made some strictures in Ms. Mer. him to forget his sorrows-Be this as it may, rick's annotations on the psalms, on Dr. we think there is something wall worth atSharpz's rearing of the cuth, Dr. Sharpe in tending to in his performance, which is enLis letter to the very learned bishop of Ox- tirely colloquial and of which the following ford, defends bimself with great modesty, as extract will give a tolerable conception to well as with great reasoning, agaicft the our readers. force of the archbi:hop's criticism; but as 1a extract from this ingenious pamphlet

DISCO UR E 1. Woeld not give our readers a clear idea of the

FREDERIC and PHARA HOND. dispute, and as in conuoverfies of this nature F. I have suffered so much, and enjoyed lo people tout have the arguments on both hides little, that I wanted the consolations you before them, to make an accurate judgment, speak of; but for you, niy Pharamond, 1 We are obliged from principles of candour tó hope Providence has a becer fare, and that refer the public to the article itself for a pro-, the art of bearing eviis is the lat thing you per information.

Reed learn. 11. Frederick and Pharamond, cribe Conso P. Whatever you may have the goodness htions of Human Life. By John Langhorne, to hope for me, you would not have me forD.D. 1 vol. 12 mo. 29. 6. Becker.

get that I am a man. - You are incapable of la an advertisement prefixed to this little such kindness - It is from your experience in volume, the author informs us that the re.

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