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" I was entirely changed, having en- an extenfive view creates in the bosom tered the fortress as a common trans. of a prisoner." gressor, and left it as a consummate vil "The free air wbilling through the lain. I was not entirely divested of all iron grates of my window, and the sentiments of honor when I was con swallow percbing on the maffy bars, fined ; however the few remaining sparks seemed to mock me with their liberty, of ambition were foon extinguished by and rendered my imprisonment more ignominy, being confined in one room hateful and horrid to me. Seized with with twenty three malefactors, (wo of the burning fangs of despair, I vowed whom were murderers, and all the rest unrelenting and burning revenge to the famous thieves and vagabonds. I was whole human race, and have been as laughed at, when mentioning the name good as my word. of God, and urged every day to utier
" The first idea which ruhed upon blafphemies against our Holy Redeem- my mind as soon as I saw myself at lier ! My fellow prisoners sung obscene berty, was that of my native village. I fongs to me, which I could not hear had indeed not the least glimmering of without disgust and horror, and com- hope to meet there with the smallest mitted actions which I could not behold assistance in my distress; however I without blushing. Every day new entertained fanguine hopes to glat my rogueries were related, or wicked de revenge, which gave wings to my steps. figns fabricated."
My heart beat violently when my im" At firft I avoided the company of patient eye beheld the steeple of the that abominable set of wretches as much village; however, it was noi that sweet as poffible, hiding myself in the remoteft fatisfaction which I had felt on my first corners of the prison; however, I pilgrimage, which was now heaving in wanted a companion in my folitude, my bosom. The recollection of all the and the cruelty of my gaoler had refused misfortunes and cruel perfecutions I me even the poor confolation of taking once had suffered there awakened me my dog with me. My labour was suddenly from a kind of ftupefaction; hard and my health declining : I want. all my wounds began to bleed anew : ed assistance, and, to be fincere with I quickened my fteps, anticipating the you, I was in need of comfort, which, pleasure it would afford me to strike my fcanty as it was, I could not obtain enemies with terror by my sudden apo, without sacrificing the last remains of pearance, and to feait my eyes on the my conscience."
pangs of the devoted victims of my '". Thus I used myself by degrees to vengeance.". hear without disgust, the most horrid The bells were ringing to fummon language, and to behold without aver- che inhabitants to the church when I fion, and at length with secret pleasure, made my appearance in the marketthe most shocking actions ; before the place : I was loon known by the inhatermination of my confinement I was bitants who were going to church, and superior in wickedness to my inftructors every one who met me started back at in villainy, and began to thirst with the fight of me. Having always been increasing impatience for liberty and very fond of children, I could not refift revenge: i hated the whole human the involuntary impulse of giving a race, because every one of my fellow penny to a boy who was skiping by; creatures was either happier or less he ftared at me for a moment and then wicked than myielf: I fancied to be a threw the money in my face. martyr to the natural rights of man, blood bad not been heated so much, I and a vidim of glaring injustice. I snould have recollected that my long Jubbed my chains againit the wall in a and bushy beard had frightened the fit of frenzy, grinding my teeth when poor boy; however, my polluted heart the sun was riling behind the rock on had infected my reason, and tears, which which the fortress flood, and experienc. I never had fhed in my life, were tricked with unutterable agony, what a hell ling down my checks."
**** The boy does not know who I am, farther to lofe, and nobody to care for; nor whence I came, said I, half aloud to I had no farther occalion for the least myself, and yet he avoids me like a wild good quality, because nobody believed ferocious beast: Is my black heart I had one left; the whole world was marked on my brow, or have I ceated open to me, and perhaps I should bave resembling a buman being, because I been able to recover the character of an am senable that I hate all human kind? bonelt man in a diftant province, how. The contempt of that boy grieved me ever I had no courage to affume even more than my long imprisonment, be the mak of honeky: defpair and difcause I had created him kindly, and grace had forced these sentiments upon could not accuse bim of personal ha- me, and I persuaded myself that every tred."
sense of honour was useless to me, fince "I feated myself on a large stone op. I had no claim to the smalleft Dhare of pofite the church : What intention I it. If my vanity and pride had mainhad I do not know, however I remem. tained their dominion over me, I cerber very well that I rose up in a fit of rainly should have put an end to my exburning rage when I saw ihat all my istence'; I did not know myself what former acquaintances pafled by with my intentions were, I wanted to do · visible contempt, and fcarcely deigned mischief so much I knew : I wilhed to to look at me.
deserve my face. The laws,' said I to “ I left my station in an agony of myfelf, are the guardians of human vexation, to find out a lodging, and as happiness, and therefore I will do what. I was turning round the comer of a ever is in my power to subvert them. ftreet I met my Jenny. My dear Neceflity and thoughtleffness had once Wolf,' the exclaimed, and offered to compelled me to fin, but now I did it embrace me, God be praised that you voluntarily because it gave me pleaare returned at laft; I have shed maoy sure." a bitter tear during your absence ! " I had again recourse to game-ftcalHunger and mifery were marked in her ing, for hunting bad always been my face, and I beheld with horror that lhe chief passion, and life called for supwas infected with an ignominious ille port : But ibis was not the sole motive ness: Her tartered raiment and her which prompted me to reallume my whole appearance told me plainly what former favourite occupation; the desire a miserable wretch she was. i foon of bidding defiance to the laws and to guefled the origin of her abject situation, infringe the prerogatives of the prince concluding by the fight of fome dragoons was an additional impulse; I had no that soldiers had been quartered in the apprehension of being taken up once village. “ Soldier's trumpet !" I ex- more, for now I had a ball in readiness claimed, and turned my back to her to stop the mouth of my informer, and with an exuling laughter. It gave me was fure I could not miss my aim." fome satisfaction to see her infidelity “ I killed all the deer, which came in se warded in fo shocking a manner. I my way, selling only a few pieces on never had loved her fincerely."
the frontiers, the remainder I left beMy mother was dead, and my house hind to rot. I lived very sparingly in had been fold for the benefit of the cre- order to be able to afford the expences chors: I had no friend, no money, ex. for powder and shot. My depredaticept a few groats ; every body fled me ons and the havoc I made in the forest, like a mad dog, however I was dead to caused a great alarm, but nobody fuskanie and disgrace. After my first pected me, my miserable appearance imprisonment I had shunned all human screened me, from fufpicion and my fociary, because I could not stand the name was forgotten.” contempt I met with every where. Now " This mode of life I continued for I intruded upon them, and it afforded several months without being detected. me a malicious fatisfaction to drive One morning I was sambling through them away by my appearance : It gave the forest purluing the traces of a deer. me a pleasure, because I had nothing Having huated without success two
tedious hours, I hegan to give up every of the laws on the score of the disgrace bope of coming at my prey, when I law I had suffered, but now I had perpeit at once within the reach of my gun. I traied a deed for which I had not yet took my aim and was going to lice, bui atoned. An hour before that horrid Aarted suddenly back, when I saw aétivn, no man living would have been a bat upon the ground not far from me able to persuade me that there was a I looked around with great circumfpec- more abject being Gpon earth than tion and beheld Robert, the game. myself, but now I began to fancy that keeper, standing behind the trunk of an I had been enviable an hour ago, oak, and aiming at the same deer which “ Nor the inolt diftant idea of God's I intended to kill. My blood froze judgments came in my mind; however in my veins as I beheld the author of I had a confused notion of halter and all my misfortunes; and this very man gibbet, and of the execution of a murwhom I hated moft among the whole derer which I had witneAed when a human race, was within reach of my boy. The idea of having forfeited my fusee : Infernal joy thrilled my whole life froze my very foul with dreadful frame, I would not have exchanged my fear: I wished ardently that it might be gun for the universe; the burning re- in my power to restore to life my llain venge which 'till then bid been rank. enemy, and racked my brain to recall ling in my bofom, rofe up into my to my recollection all the injuries ho froger's end, which was going to put had made me fuffer, but, ftrange to tell, an end to my adversary's life; however my memory seemed to be entirely exan invisible band seemed to retain my tinguithed, I could not recall a shadow aim to prevent the horrid deed: 1 of all the ideas, which, but a quarter.
of treabled violendly, as I directed my gun an bour ago had filled my soul with against my foem-a chilly sweat bede wed glowing revenge ; I could not conceive my face--my teeth began to charter, as how I could commit such a horrid if a fever frost had seized my frame- deed." methought I felt the icy fang of death "I was fill standing by the corpse in upon my heart, and every nerve was a kind of fupefaction, when I was quivering."
rouled from my defponding reverie by “ I hesitated a minute-one more the cracking of whips, and the creeking clapfed—and now a third. Revenge of waggons on the high road, which and conscience were struggling violently was about a mile diftant from the fpos for victory-- the former gained and where I then was.” Robert lay weltering in his blood !" " I went mechanically deeper into
“My gun dropped on the ground the forest, and recollecting on ibe way when Robert fell-Murderer, Atammer- that Robert had been used to wear a ed I with quivering lips--the forest was watch, I wilhed to get it in my poffefas filent as a church yard, and I heard fesfion. I wanted money to reach the distinctly the word murderer. Creep. frontier, and yet I had no courage to ing nearer to the spot where my enemy return to the place where the corpse lay, was swimming in his blood, I saw him the idea of the devil and the omniprejaft expire. I ftood a dreadful minute fence of God rushing suddenly on my of grily horror before my murdered, mind. I truggld a few moments, and foc," as if petrified—a yelling laughter having summoned all my boldnefs, derefiored me to the use of my fenfes : cermined to go back and fetch the watch • Wile thou any more tell tales, good in defiance of God and the devil." friend,' said I, ftepping boldly nearer, "I found what I had expected, and and turning him upon his back. His in a green purse a litle more than a eyes were wide open, I grew serious, dollar, filver coin: as I was going to and every power of uteranec fled; pul both in my pocker, I staried sudftrange and horrid sensations chilled denly back and confidered whether I
should take it or not. It was no fit of "Till then I had been a transgressor Ahame, nor was it fear to aggravate my
crime through robbery; it was rather which gave to the white of a squinting scorn, which prompted me to fling the eye additional terrors.
Instead of a watch upon the ground, and to take girdle he had his green buttonless great only one half of the money. I wanted great coat tied with a thick cord, to to be thought an enemy of the game. which an enormous knife and a brace keeper but not his robber.”
of piftols were fastened. I had quick" Now I filed deeper into the foreft. ened my iteps when his terrible voice I knew that it extended felf four affailed my ears, but he foon came up German miles * towards the north, with me and Atopped me with a powo where the frontiers of the country be. erful arm. The found of a buman gan. I fled on the wings of fear 'till voice had filled my soul with terror, noon; the swiftness of my flight had however, the fight of a ruffian raised dispelled the agony of my conscience; my fpirits : In my miserable situation I however, ic returned with redoubled had full-reason to tremble at the light violence as my strengih began to be ex- of an honest man, but none at all" at hausted ; a thousand grisly phantoms that of a robber." tortured my fancy, and filled my soul " Who art thou ?" thundered the with dreadful bodings. I had no other frightful apparition in my ear.”, choice but either to put an end to my Thy equal," was my reply, " if wretched existence, or to drag on a life thou really art what thy appearance embittered by a continual fear of dying bespeaks. under the hand of the executioner : I "This is not the right way. What had not the courage to rid myself of a business haît thou here?" painful exiftence, and suddered at the "And what right baft thou to queridea of leading a life of never ceasing tion me?" I replied in a determined actorments."
cent." Hemmed in between the certain “ The terrible man measured me tortures of life and the uncertain hor- with his looks from tip to toe : He rors of eternity, equally aver se to life seemed to compare my haughty answer and to death, I finilhed the fixth hour with my defenceless situation—" Thou of my flight, an hour abounding with art impudent like a beggar," he resumagonies, which no living man can form ed at length.' an idea of."
Very poflible, I have been one but · Gloomy and flow I had pursued a yesterday. Darrow foot.path, which led through " He laughed, exclaiming with a the darkeli ihicket, when fuddenly a horrid grin, “ My honest friend, I hope rough commanding voice ordered me to thou doeft not presume to be thought ftop. The voice was not far off; agony something better." and the horrors of despair, which bad “ That is nothing to thee," so saying assumed their dreadiul fway over me, I wanted to pursue my way.”. had made me entirely regardless to the “ Fairly and fortly by dear boy, why objects around me, my eyes were cast in such a hurry? What weighey bufiness to the ground, and I had covered part is it which makes thee run to fast ?”
my face with my hat, as if that could “ I mused a moment, and cannot have hidden me from the eyes of the conceive what prompted me to reply in lifeless creation. Starting and lifting a now accent,
life is short and hell up my eyes, I saw a savage looking man everlasting.” coming toward me: He was armed with " He stared at me with a ghaftly an enormous club, his figure was of a look, “ I will be damned,” he relumed monftrous size, my first turprise at least at length, "if thou hast not stumbled had made me ibink so, and the colour againit a gallows on thy way." of his face was of the mulatto hue, " It may come to that one time,
N O TE. farewel, comrade." * A German mile is five and a half
(To be continued) Englila.
to an inferior degree of punishment at the discre« British Parliament.
tion of the judges.
In the house of commons, on Tuesday, No. (Continued from page 76.)
vember 10, thanks were voted to admiral Corn.
wallis and his officers, for their conduct on the IN N the house of lords, on Tuesday, Novem- 16th of June.
ber 4, the thanks of the house were voted Mr. Pict then (after an exordium, in which to admiral lord Bridport and his officers, as he strongly inGited on the reality of a connexion already voted by the commons; and also to admi. between the proceedings of the London Correral Cornwallis and his officers, for their conduct sponding society and the late outrage on his maon the 16th of June.
jesty) moved for leave to bring in a bill for the Copies of the king's proclamation of the 4th more effectually preventing of sedicious meet. of November, having been laid before both ings and assemblies. The provisions of this bill, houses, lord Grenville, on the 6th, brought in as they appeared in this itage of it, were, that a bill for the better preservation of his majesty's no meeting exceeding a certain number of per. person, making the compassing, inventing, sans, * (county meetings and meetings of corpo. and devising of the levying of a war' a lubftan. rate bodies excepted) shall be balden for the pure rive treason; and enacting, that the writing, pofe or pretext of confidering any petition, comSpeaking, printing, or publishing any thing that plaint, &c. to the king, or to either house of tended to excite dillike or hatred to the constitue parliament, for the alteration of any matters tion in church and ftate, should be considered, established in church or state, ynless notice in the first instance, as a high misdemeanour, and thereof, figned by a certain number of house. liable ro the punishments thereof, and, for the holders, be given by public advertisement, • second offence, lo transportation for seven years. certain number of days * beforehand: that le will be unnecessary to follow this bill all femblies, without such previous notice, through its different ft.rges, having already tur- Thall be deemed unlawful : chac it a certain numed the grounds on which it was introduced, and ber of persons, * so assembled without such pre. the main points on which the oppolition to it vivus notice, should continue together a certain turned. (See page 551, of our December Ma- spice of time, * after having been commanded by gazine.) It is proper to observe, however, that a proclamation of a magistrate to disperse, they the earl of Lauderdale stated a similar act, which should be adjudged to certain penalties : * that, had passed in the reign of Richard II, and which, if at any meeting, assembled as above required, soon after, had produced the deposition and death by previous notice, any alteration of the law of that unhappy prince. His lord/hip added, eitablished, lhould be proposed otherwise than that this bill was only part of a regular plan, by the authority of the king, lords, and comby which it was to be followed up: and he would mons, in parliament allembled; or if any of the not hesitate to say, that there might be cafes in perfons prefent should wilfully and advisedly hold which laws might be opposed by force. Upon any discourse for the purpose of tirring up the chis laft observation, lord Grenville instantly people to hatred or contempt of his majelty, rose, and declared, that the noble earl had used his heirs and fucceffors, and the established go. language, for which, if he had employed it vernment and constitution; or in case any such in any other place, he would have been amenable meeting fhall, by reason of any special circumto the laws. Being here called to order by lord stances, become dangerous to the public peace, Lauderdale, who explained his idea of resistance, in the judgment of one or two justices of the lord Thurlow interfered, and stated, that to spea peace, or ocher magiftrates where the meeting Culate upon all the possible consequences of a Thall be held; it hall be lawful for the said jur. meafure, and to state those consequentes at their tices, &c. to declare fuch meeting unlawful, utmost extent, was not only fair in any debate, and to command them, by proclamation, to disbut was ftrictly formal, and authorized in the perse under the penalties inflicted by the act : debates of that house. The noble carl had ex- that if any of the persons present make any propreffed, before the paffing of a bill, bis opinion position of the tendency abovementioned, it of the feelings and dispositions it might excice if ihall be lawful for the justice to take such perpaffed. In to doing, he had offended no rules of son or persons into custody, without the previous the house, nor exceeded any of its privileges. declaration or proclamation aforesaid ; and in As to the abstract question, when it could become case of being obitructed therein, he may then the duty of any man to relift a tyrannical go- proceed to the faid declaration and proclamation : vernment; at what time the moral right of that if any meeting be holden or intended to be oppofing tyranny, (for such a right there cere holden, without previous notice as aforesaid, tainly was, ) overcame the legal and social duty of the juftice is empowered to repair thither, witk submitting to the existing laws of the country ; his peace officers : that if, in the cases herein as to such questions, he would say, that, lince recited, the meeting thall not disperse within the they related only to extreme cases, much be- time specified, after such declaration and proyond any possible tendency of the present mea. clamacion, the juitice is empowered to comsure, the discussion of them ought to be avoided.
N O т E. ---This bill, after going through the usual forms, * Wherever the words a certain number, &c. finally passed the house of lords; but with the occur, it is to be understood, that a blank was modification of the punishment of transportation left, to be filled up in a future ftage of the bill. Hib. Mag. Feb. 1796.