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lightful valleys of Vincennes, a stag rouzed them next morning from their parfued by the hounds flew for pro- innocent slumbers to their different tection to her feet; and, looking in employments. Beauville, with a tenher face with eyes itreaming in tears, der kiss, left his fair bride, to attend seemed to implore her pity and af- the labours of the vintage; while the distance. Annette, whole tender and cares of the dairy and farm demandhumane difpofition was exprefled in ed the presence of Annette: but first, every line of her engaging counte with her lap full of acorns, she hatance, raised the poor animal in her fened to that spot in her garden delicate arms; and, the hunters now which she had alloted for the stag. Bus approaching, addreffed herself to him how great was her surprize, when, who seemed the principal, in these inftead of her quadrupede friend, the words.
beheld a beautiful young lady, of a • The poor ftag you are looking most majestic figure, who held in • for, has flown to me for protec- her hand a filver wand! Approach • tion ; but, as I am unable to afford my presence,' said she; • and be• him that, all I can do is to be- 'hold, in the stead of that poor stag
come a petitioner in his behalf: I whom your humanity rescued from • will not presume to cenfure your ' a painful death, the Fairy Orinda, • diversions but let me entreat you, . who longs to convince you of her • gentlemen, instead of facrificing the gratitude and affection : ask, there
poor trembling animal to your dogs, . fore, your reward, and enjoy it • to bestow him upon me; and, be af • to the utmost of my power.'-' For • fured, I shall always remember your myfelf, gracious lady,' returned kindness with gratitude.'
Annette, when she had recovered The young hunter, who regarded herself a little, I desire nothing; the blooming Annette with that ad- my wishes are few, and those ammiration which a young pleasing wo ply gratified by the blessings I at man always inspires, immediately re present possess : but I find, conplied Be under no apprehensions, tinued the, with a modett blush, * Madam, for your dumb client : • there will be others for whole * whatever you protect must be fa- happiness I must provide. Let me
cred; and I shall think the loss of " therefore intreat, that whatever
our diversion amply repaid by an • kind intentions you have formed • opportunity of obliging you.' An . in my favour, may be extended nette, perceiving the young gentle. 'to my infant.'-Beauty, wealth, man wished to improve this oppor power, and virtue, are in my diri tunity, made no other reply to his 'posal,' replied the Fairy; chufe compliment, than a respectful curt: • wisely, and be grátified.'
-Oh, Sery; and, haftily striking into a grove
• Madam!' exclainied Annette, caitof poplars, was out of fighe in a mo. ing herself at the feet of Orinda; ment. As soon as the arrived at the • since you have given the rein to farm, she was met by her husband, my wishes, pardon the fondness of with looks full of the most anxious à mother that dictates thein. If folicitude, her long stay having my child proves a daughter, enalarmed him. Annette excufed her • dow her with the inestimable blessabsence, by her adventure; and, have ing of beauty; let her be the obing seen the poor ftag taken proper
•ject of univerfal admiration; powcare of, sat down to a light repaft :
• erful from her charms, and great after which the retired to enjoy the ' by her marriage: if a boy united blessings of Hymen and Mor. Your wishes are accomplished,' in. pheus, in the fond arms of her en- terrupted the Fairy; • for the child raptured Beauville.
with which you are pregnant, is a The fun darting his benms through daughter; who will live to repent, the white curtains of Annette's bed, « in bitterness of soul, her mother's
. ill.judged choice! and to convince ness; the throne of Henry is hard. • the world, that the united advan ly worthy of her!' Beauville, too,
tages of beauty, rank, and power, beheld his little girl with admiramay increase, but cannot pro- tion, and wished her mind might be
cure happiness!' At these words as perfect as her perfon. fhe disappeared, leaving Annette Annette was now far advanced in more pleased with the promise that the eighth month of her second pregher delires Mhould be complied with, nancy; and,walking one evening with than alarmed by the prediction that her husband in that valley where her accompanied that promise. Her mind adventure commenced, the beheld was full of a thoufand agreeable Orinda approaching them: 'Well,' ideas, when the perceived her huf- faid the Fairy, your wishes have band approaching, and flew with been complied with; it is but just, the utmost alacrity to acquaint him ' the same indulgence should be with the metamorphosis of her ftag, granted to your husband, whose and the future greatness of her good understanding will no doubt daughter, whose matchless beauty, • instruct him to make a better choice. fhe assured him, would raise her to -Behold in me,' continued she, the most exalted station. Beauville, addressing herself to Beauville, who who possessed an excellent under- ftood torpid with amazement, the ftanding, could not be perfuaded to • Fairy Orinda; who promises to believe his wife's story; and, fear bestow upon your second daughter ing her head was a little disordered, whatever you
shall think most conadvised her to retire to her apart • ducive to her happiness.'— Great ment, and take a little rest. Annette, • lady!' returned Beauville, recoprovoked at her husband's incredu- vering himself a little; ' when morlity, which she saw it was in vain to • tals are allowed the privilege of combat, complied with his request, chusing for themselves, their choice that she might be at liberty to in generally proves how unfit they dulge her own agreeable reflections; are to be trusted: what my child as the plainly perceived the could may think happiness, I know not; derive no additional pleasure from ' with some it consists in richescommunicating them to Beauville: ' with others it centres in beauty, and, during the remaining months and with some in power-but of her pregnancy, she resolved never • of this I am certain, that, if the again to speak to him on the subject, ! is good, she never can be unhapbut let time prove the truth of her py: be pleased, therefore, to be. affertion.
her the love and pracAt length the wished for time ar tice of virtue. I ask no greater rived, and Annette was delivered of a • blesing; convinced that, in that, girl, whose dazzling beauty almost • the possesses the means of attaining Itaggered the faith of Beauville with every other.'~ How wisely you, regard to what his wife had told him. • Beauville, have used the privilege Highly as the expectations of Annette • of chusing,' replied the Fairy, with had been raised, and extravagant as
a smile of pleasure, her wishes were, the beauty of the of your daughter's life will prove!' little Eloisa exceeded both. Often Saying this, the disappeared; and would sheexclaim when she hung with Annette, with an air of triumph, rapture over her cradle, or presled her asked her husband if he would now to her bosom in an extasy of delight- suppose her a visionary. • Indeed, • If my girl is thus lovely in infan · Annette,' returned he, I know
cy, what will she be as she grows up, ' not what to think; my senses are " when all the advantages of educa- . bewildered : and I can hardly be • tion are added to her charms! Well lieve but what I myself have been "might the Fairy promise her great witness to is an illusion!'
Soon after this, Annette was deli: folved to cultivate an acquaintance vered of another daughter; not, in- with her; and accordingly dispatched deed, fo exquisitely beautiful as Eloisa, a billet, requesting hers and her fitter's bat poffefled of jaft charms fufficient company at an entertainment she proto render her engaging and agree- pored giving to some people of faable. Though Beauville felt the Thion, at her feat. The invitation fondest affection for both his children, was respectfully accepted, and the it is not furprizing he should attach time the named impatiently expected himself particularly to Adelaide; the by Eloisa; who, as well as her mo. meeknels and docility of whose dispo- ther, considered it as the opening to fition appeared even in her infancy, her future greatness. At length, the and promised to fulfil atl the expecta- important day arrived; and, after four tions Orinda had raised. As soon as hours fpent at the devotions of the he was of an age to profit by his in- toilette, Beauville handed his daughftructions, Beauville dedicated every ters into the chaise, which the counleisure moment to the improvement tess had politely sent to conduct them of his favourite's mind; whilst An- to her house. Upon their arrival at nette was absorbed in equal cares for the Hotel De St. Martin, they were the person of Eloisa: the morning sun met by a young gentleman of a mof was not suffered to dart his beams on elegant appearance, who conducted her fair face, left he hould sully the them into a magnificent saloon, where delicacy of her complexion; while the countess and her friends were fitAdelaide was taught to preserve the ting : Sister,' said the young gentlebloom of health by early rising, and man, leading Eloisa and her fiter to. moderáte exercise. No expence was
wards the countess, who rose to reSpared for the education of both the ceive them, • I have the honour of girls; though the manner in which • presenting to you two young ladies, they received it was different. Eloisa • of whom you have heard so much was instructed to consider the accom • and fo little: so much, that curio. plishments of music, drawing, and • fity was raised to the higheft pitch; dancing, as the only parts of educa yet so little, when compared with tion she ought to attend to; Ade • their deferts!' The countess, with laide was taught to prize them only an elegant compliment, acquiefced in as they contributed to embellif the the juitness of his remark; and confar more valuable endowments of the ducted her fair visitors to a leat, where mind. Eloisa was told she was a divi. the eyes of the whole company were nity; that Paris was the fphere in immediately turned upon them. Eloiwhich the ought to thine; and that fa, conscious of her charms, and triher beauty would raise her to a prin- umphing in the effect she knew they cipality; Adelaide was taught, that would produce, bore the gaze with an perfect happiness was only to be found easy,unembarrassed air;and contrived, in private life, and domestic pleasures. by every look and gesture, to discover Both parents fucceeded in their endea- some new grace. Adelaide, whose vours: for, at the age of fixteen, Eloi. cheeks glowed with modeft blushes, fa was a finished coquet; Adelaide a caft her eyes upon the ground; and, perfect mistress of every useful and by that evident appearance of innoelegant acquirement, alike fitted to cence and sensibility, interested every fhine in a court or adorn a cottage. heart in her favour: Eloisa, it is true, It was at this period of time that the was regarded with admiration; but young Countess De St. Martin ar Adelaide, the sweet blushing Ade. rived at her feat near Vincennes: and, laide, excited tenderness, respect, and having heard the mof extravagant esteem. Among those who particularpraises of the beauty and accomplish. ly distinguished Eloisa, was the Duke ments of Eloisa De Beauville, the re. De Biron, and the Chevalier De VerVOL. III,
forand. The duke possessed few ad. return their visit; and gave them a a gevantages besides his high rank and neral invitation to her house during princely fortune; the chevalier was her continuance at Vincennes: the young, noble, and charming in the Duke De Biron, and Monsieur De highest degree, but his fortune very Bercy conducted them to the chaises little above mediocrity. Both were where they left them with fighs of reenamoured with Eloisa; and both lan- gret. guished to possess her, but in a diffe. [ To be concluded in our next. ) rent manner: the duke resolved to solicit her for a mistress; and, from her situation, had no doubt of success.
THE TOUCHSTONE. Versorand, who fancied her all per. fection, could not admit a thought
PATRIAM VEHEMENTER, VEHEMENTIUS that implied a doubt of her virtue; and would have thought himself the
ANON. happiest of mankind in the title of her
TO SOLOMON SAGE BARO, ESQ husband. Such were the gentlemen who sur
SIR, Founded the chair of Elaifa, and by a PERMIT me to lay before you a vered the passion she had inspired them ject which has long required the interwith.
ference of a court similar to that in While these were offering up incense which you preside. at the shrine of beauty, Monsieur De National prejudices seem insepaBercy, the brother of Madam De St. rable from that inborn predilection Martin, no less captivated by the which every man is supposed to have modeft charms and unassuming merits for his own country: those who unof Adelaide, was endeavouring to in- dertake to defend the many which are spire her with a passion which, from inftilled into the youthful minds of my the first moment the beheld him, had countrymen, usually strengthen their been gaining ground in her bosom; arguments by the following observaand never, sure, was any one more tions: that men are only to be incited worthy a tender and sincere attach to great and daring atchievements by ment than Monsieur De Bercy: pof- the firmeft conviction of conscious susessed of every requisite to please, he periority; and, that the only way to had youth, elegance, wit, and high make one Englishman conquer two birth; with the most noble, tender, Frenchmen or Spaniards, is to persuade and benevolent disposition. Being the him, from his youth, that three are youngest of a numerous family, he had barely equal to his native valour. not, indeed, a great fortune to offer; Admitting this idea, as far as it rebut what he possessed was sufficient to to military affairs, there are ftill answer every purpose of ease and hap- many prejudices to account for, in the piness. Adelaide was too prudent to various departments and concerns of acknowledge an affection fo rapidly common life, which can hardly be conceived; but while he was breath- brought within the standard of com. ing the most tender vows in her ear, mon sense, or indeed of common ho. a few unguarded fighs convinced M. nefty. De Bercy that he was not totally in That a native of Great Britain should different to her : but it was now far attach an idea of hereditary courage to advanced in the evening, and both the blesing of indubitable freedom, is filters heard the carriage announced neither extraordinary nor irrational, with concern.
fince it is so nobly supported by the Madam De St. Martin, equally de- actions of his ancestors, as recorded in lighed with both, promised foon to history; but when he proceeds to claim