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ter at ebbing gradually subsides, and my exactly over the British Channel, is seen ranning down into the earth while they occupied that space in air by a number of little ducts or holes which covers their own shore. Thus at the bottom. The reciprocations stationed, the uncommon fight began, of this spring are, perhaps, the quick- while the nations below trembled with eft of any yet known; nor can there apprehension. Monsieur Montgolfier, be a more conspicuous view of the who had been created Mareschal of origin of rivers, generated by the France, led his army on with the ut. anion of many such streams and rivu. most regularity to the attack. The Jets, than that here produced. first on set of the English, (whose com
mander's name I could not learn) as
usual, was spirited and furious: their AIR - BALLOONS.
blows were well aimed; but the French in general, by either sinking or ascend
ing, eluded their force, and the EngT frequently falls out, by fome lish balloons of course having overshot
strange concatenation of ideas, that the mark, were thrown into fome conwhat makes a strong imprefsion on the fusion; and, before they could recover mind in our waking, is in a manner rea their ranks, I could fee several of them lized in our sleeping moments. drop into the Channel, where the waves
I had been reading an account in the foon swallowed them up, public papers, of the extraordinary However, gaining resolution from phænomena of air-balloons, when a this disappointment, the British legions thought immediately struck me, that renewed the charge with double impeas the French were always superior to tuosity; when a vait number of French us in flying, this new discovery might balloons fell plump upon the chimnies in time induce them to challenge us to of Calais, and threw the whole town fight in air, and their skill and dex- into a dreadful panic. terity would unquestionably ensure The religious orders immediately them success.
began proceilions, and invoked their With these chimerical notions in my faints in support of their aerial hosts ; head, I fell asleep; when, lo! before but a wounded balloon pitching on the my eyes was displayed an engagement head of the prior of a convent, knockbetween the two rival powers, as fierce ed the cross out of his hand, which disas it was new and unprecedented in the after was interpreted by his followers annals of ages. Methought the troops as an unpropitious omen. of both nations were mounted on air. To return, however, to the fight : balloons, and armed only with spears, never were more skill and agility dif. with which they did not attempt to played than on that day; and never wound their adversaries, but only to did the world behold a more strange or perforate the balloons, which inevitably stubborn conflict. The French, ani. brought the philosophic soldier to the mated with the hopes of victory, and ground, by giving a free vent to the warmed with the originality of their air that buoyed him up.
invention, manifested prodigious power The English and French generals were and activity; while John Bull, eager elevated several hundred feet abovetheir to support his national character, fought respective hosts, that they might mar like a lion, and scorned to yield to the fhal them the better, and with greater French, even in their own element, facility deliver their orders, which were After the engagement had been kept conveyed by several balloons of obser- up with unremitted fury by both sides, vation to the inferior ranks. After för near fix hours, and neither could performing a variety of evolutions and claim the victory, although the French revolutions, wheeling this way,and then regiments of Messieurs Chirles and Rothat way, the French, by dint of fupe. berts distinguised themselves much; rior manquvring, got the English ar- Marcíchal Montgolfier finding that the
A MORAL TALE.
English though more flow in their mo which few of the amiable sex can plead tions, were more sure in their aims, let an entire exemption. This observafall a signal,on which the whole French tion, however, is by no means intended army guappeared in an instant; but like as sarcastic, since it is to that circum.' kites novering over their prey, they in- stance we owe more than three-fourths stantly descended again with incredible of the charms which embellith for velocity, and pierced almost everyEng- ciety. lith balloon before they suspected any
The parents of Eliza,as it has already danger. The numbers who strewed the been mentioned, possessed very few, if Channel were then immense. I was any, of heramiable qualities: they were, filled with forrow and vexation for the however, what the world would have fate of my countrymen. Fame blew filed good fort of people, had they conher trumpet, and proclaimed a com
tinued to act that part in it with which pleat victory; at the sound of which, they began their career, and for which Louis and his courtiers, who were
alone nature had evidently designed watching the engagement with optic them. But, if what Pope says be true, tubes, fet up such a horse-laugh for that men would be angels, angels joy, that they awaked me from my
would be gods, and by that aspiring Deep, and with pleasure I reflected that presumption throw everything into con what I had beheld was only a dream.
fusion; we may with equal reafon affert, HERACLITUS.
that all is nonsense and ridicule, when the illiterate vulgar rush from their nar
row sphere, and make aukward attempts ELI ZA;
to move with eclat in that of superior OR, THE FAIR FUGITIVE. beings. This was literally the case with
our present couple, from the time of
their quitting their shop in Cornhill, ΕΙ
LIZA was the beauteous off to their retiring to a superb villa in the
spring of a fond but whimsical vicinity of Bath, and thus exchanging couple, whose peculiar absurdities the centre of business for that of quawere long the jeft, as she was deserved- lity, and distipation. The husband ly the admiration, of Bath and it's po- having once conceived this fage idea, lished environs. Though her educa- was not under the necessity of enfortion had been confined, and regulated cing compliance with his cara sposa on a plan of uncommon stupidity, yet on this as on some former occasi. fo lavish had Nature been of every ons: the purpose in view had been mental endowment, that very little aid the primitive and glorious object of was required from art to give each it's all her exertions and ambition; for full degree of brilliancy and effect. this she had toiled and economized Those who beheld her could not but with unexampled frugality, whilst her admire the graceful ease of her deport- no less asiduous partner was driving his ment, and wondered whence the drew bargains at 'Change, or negociating those large supplies of reason and hu- loans in the Alley. An additional plumb mour which enriched and enlivened to that of which they were already porn her conversation. With all these marks fessed would scarcely have afforded her of superiority, Eliza had none of that more real satisfaction than the arrival frivolous vanity which seems almost of that period for which she had so long inseparable from female excellence. fighed. If the at times conversed with free. Having fixed on their place of residom on the most interesting topics, it dence, and made an ample provision of was evidently rather to gratify the in- whatever was neceffary to the very splen, clination of others, who never could did figure they were now determined to listen to her but with pleasure, than to make in the world, they were conveyed indulge a volubility of speech, from thither in the full triumph of a coach and
fix, attended by a numerous retinve, to The family name was originally Nidthe great surprize and amulementofall rom, which, by an apt transposition of who knew or beheld them. Their mode the two letters m and d, was of life did not disgrace their equipage; changed into Nimrod, as he proved himand their Bath villa soon became the re self to a demonstration lineally descendsort of all who thought proper to regale ed from that celebrated hunter, which and divert themselves at their expence. was also a sufficient authority for a The wines and viands were greatly ex- stag's head, by way of creft, in his tolled by those who piqued themselves. arms, and two bucks for supporters. on Epicurean taste, and their excellence To NIMROD, Esq. was invariably addwas still more effectually proved by the ed; and Sir was not unfrequently pre. most astonishing consumption of both at fixed to ALEXANDER; though he was every quick-repeated entertainment, prudently filent as to the time and ocThe table conversation was such as casion of his obtaining the honour of might naturally be expected from guests knighthood. My lady might have whose chief design in resorting thither been equally puzzled to account for her was to display their wit in ironical title, had not the politeness, or rather compliments to the master and mistress policy, of her visitors, made them wave of the banquet, who swallowed the bait all disagreeable questions whilst in her with equal simplicity and satisfaction. presence, and thus rivetted both in the The peculiar grace of the latter, in her filly delusion. Eliza,whose tender heart method of carving, was never suffered was wounded by the daily repetition of to pass unnoticed; and when, as was this farce in high life, was often temptfrequently the case, a dish or a sauce. ed to remonftrate with her parents in boat was overturned in the operation, private; but when at last she did venture Some person was ever ready to observe to break through her usual reserve, her that accidents of thatnature might hap- intention was misconstrued into infopen to the most alert and experienced. lence and disrespect, and she was orThese fallies and inuendoes being per- dered not to prelume to censure their fectly understood by the parties present, conduct, which ought to be the model usually produced convulfive fits of of her own. The delicacy of filial piety mirth; in which Eliza was the only per. made her seemingly acquiesce in what son who did not take a part: and on she knew to be pregnant with absurdithis account she was frequently re ty; especiaily as the clearly faw that the proached for her want of taste and spirit; feeds of folsy were too deeply fown to whilst tacit disapprobation was the only be eradicated by her feeble exertions: expreifion of her pity and contempt. the therefore gave up the point as abIt was not in the nature of things that folutely desperate, and waited with rethe follies of her infatuated parents fignation, till death, or more welcome should escape her discernment; yet the Hymen should remove her from a scene knew how to respect them in those fol. fo irksome and painful to her feelings. lies, and waited for the moment when Alas! how vain and precarious are most time' and experience might open their of our wishes! and how often do we eyes, and give a new turn to their pur look forward to some diftant point with suits.
eager desire, which when attained only But what more than all contributed to leaves room for deeper regret, and more support the fund of merriment, was the heartfelt forrows ! supposed antiquity of her father's fa Had Eliza been left by her parents, mily, on which he valued himself more as she was by Heaven and Nature, free than on all he possessed. To prove his in her choice of a partner for life, pretenfions in this way, (for fuch they her good sense and penetration would most literally were) the bottles and doubtless have been the guide to her glasses were removed to make way for a affections, and fixed them on an object farge roll of parchment, containing his deserving of so much loveliness and pedigree from nameless generations. perfection ; but even in this point