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WRITERS IN GENERAL.

DESULTORY SELECTIONS

Revenge.
And Original Remarks.

Revenge is a kind of wild justice, 2,5 which the more man's nature runs

to, the more ought law to weed it ORIGINAL CHARACTER OF FRENCH

out. For, as for the first wrong, it

doth but offend the law; but the reThe French are a nation of phi- venge of that wrong putteth the # losophick enthusiasts. They have law out of office. Certainly in tako not patience enough to plod amid ing revenge a man is but even with the perplexities of science, to ex- his enemy; but in passing it over, amine with candour both sides of a he is superior. It is a prince's part question, and form frigid con- to pardon. clusions from preponderant evi The most tolerable sort of re. dence ; but with all the ardour and venge is for those wrongs which volatility of men, whose souls are there is no law to remedy ; but let the inspiration of feeling, rather, a man take heed, that the revenge than intellect, they rhapsodize their be such, as there is no law to punisha readers into the most captivating

Ld. Bacon. ideas of the character of man, and He was reputed a wise man, who, are ever careful to leave them in when asked, when a man should love with the subject. Their the- marry, answered “a young man, ories seem to rise from the reveries not yet ; an elder man, not at all." of romance rather, than the re

Ibid. searches of reason. They please,

Remark on the English order of but seldom instruct. We read

Maids of honour and Knights of the them, however, over and over again, bed-chamber. with renovate:l delight, and wonder The family of the emperors was at the fairy fascination, that charms composed entirely of their domesreason asleep.

tick slaves and

freed men. AUGUS

Tus or TRAJAN would have blushINDEPENDENCE. I loathe the spirit, that would fawn

ed at employing the meanest of the and cringe,

Romans on those menial offices, Though for the universe.

What are

which in the household and bedworlds on worlds,

chamber of a limited monarch, are Systems on systems, and the void im- so eagerly solicited by the proudest

nobles of Britain.

Gibbon. To him, who has relinquish'd indepen.

dence ? What were God himself, enthron'd sub.

Imagination. lime,

Believe me, sage sir, you have Far above worlds ; the whole creation not sufficient respect for the imagivast

nation. I could prove to you in a Wheel within wheel, revolving at his trice, that it is the mother of senti.

feet? If’mid this glory we could view him ment, the great distinction of our

nature, the only purifier of the On any part dependent or the whole ;

passions-animals have a portion of We'd spurn his worship and to bow the reason, and equal, if not more exknee

quisite senses; but no trace of imIn sullenness refuse. 'Tis independence agination, or her offspring, taste, Makes him the object of our adoration, Makes him Almighty, makes him God appears in any of their actions. The of gods,

impulse of the senses, passions, if Creation's Lord, the universe support: 1 you will, and the conclusions of

mense

once

reason, draw men together ; but would be purchased with. the imagination is the true fire, guineas, and paid me with an stolen from heaven, to animate this disturbed, but punctual attention. cold creature of clay, producing all

Sterne. those fine sympathies, that lead to Diogenes the Cynick philosopher, rapture, rendering men social by being asked which was the best expanding their hearts, instead of wine, made answer « that, which he leaving them leisure to calculate drank at another man's cost.” how many comforts society affords. Mary Wolstonecraft,

Anecdote of Talleyrand.

During the Easter week, 1768, Disappointment.

Talleyrand went with some dee How am I altered by disappoint-bauched associates to a public ment! When going to ten years brothel, kept in the Rue Croix peas ago, the elasticity of my mind was tits champs by a woman of the name sufficient to ward off weariness-of La Duboisé. He was there in-i and the imagination still could dip volved in a quarrel with some mousher brush in the rainbow of fancyquetaires of the king's household and sketch futurity in smiling co-troops, and in consequence of de.. lours. Now I am going towards clining to give one of them the sathe north in search of sunbeams !tisfaction demanded, he was thrown Will any warm this desolated heart? (from a two pair of stairs window All Dature seems to frown, or rather into the street, and both his legsi mourn with me. Every thing is were broken by the fall. Refusing cold cold as my expectations! to tell the guet, at that time the po

Ibid.

lice soldiers. at Paris, his name and Death, preferred in an Inn.

place of abode, he was carried to Were I in a condition to stipu- the hospital, Hotel Dieu, where he late with death, as I am at this mo- remained four days, before the su.. ment with my apothecary--I should perior of the college and his friends certainly declare agaist submitting could tell what had become of him. to it before my friends; and there. The lieutenant general of the police, fore I never seriously think of the influenced by his relatives, gave out mode and manner of this great ca- that the fracture was produced by tastrophe, which generally takes up accident in the street, and ordered, and torments my thoughts as much him to be removed back to the colas the catastrophe itself ; but I con- lege. But there, by the confession stantly draw the curtain across it of one of his associates, the real with this wish, that the disposer of cause was already known, and his all things may so order it, that it readmission therefore refused. It happen not to me in my own house, has been related, that when he was but rather in some decent inn- At informed of his disgrace, though home, I know it-the concern of lying on a bed of sickness, he flew my friends, and the last services of into a passion, swearing that it wiping my brows and smoothing should not be for want of his active my pillow, which the quivering endeavours and philosofical zeal, hand of pale affection shall pay me, if twenty five years afterwards will so crucify my soul, that I shall Christian teachers and Christian die of a distemper, which my phy- pupils were still found in France, sician is not aware of : but in an or if Christian churches were not inn, the few cold offices I wanted changed into theatres and Christian :

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CHARLES LEE LEWIS.

vileges, into brothels. That he HUMOUROUS ANECDOTE, has kept his word, France has ex

Froni Memoirs of perienced and all Europe can attest. Mem. of C. M. Talleyrand.

It is very aptly remarked by Dr. Remarks on Queen Elizabeth.

Johnson, that, notwithstanding the

numbers who daily depart from the Of this Quéen I may say, that as theatre of life, « nobody is missed :" the rose is the queen of flowers and to no profession does this observasmelleth more sweetly when it is tion appear more analogous than to plucked from the branch ; so I may that of a player, One tragedian say and justify, that she by just de- dies and another steps into his bussert was the Queen of queens and kins : Mr. Suet drops, but Lord of 'kings also, for religion, piety, (Duberly lives, and occasions as great magnanimity and justice; who a roar of laughter as ever. In short, now by rèmembránce thereof, since our own experience is sufficient to Almighty God gathered her to him-convince us, that, in the profession self, is of greater honour and re- of a player particularly, “nobody is nown, than when she was living in missed._ this world. You cannot question

Linnet, while at Hammersmith what rose I mean ; for take the red or the white, she was, not only by sire to play at Chelsea, but he was

with his company, expressed a deroyal descent and inherent birth informed it was under the controul right, but by roscal beauty also, heir of a very inflexible magistrate, parto both.

Ld. Coke.

ticularly averse to giving any en

couragement to plays or any other Bon Mots of Swift's STELLA.

amusements. We were diverting ourselves at a However, notwithstanding this play, called What is it like? One per. alarming and seeming insurmountson is to think, and the rest, without able difficulty, Linnet met with a knowing the thing, to say what it is like. The thing thought on was the friend, a gentleman, who wrote a spleen. She said, it was like an oyster, warm recommendatory letter for andgaveher reason immediately, because him to the obdurate magistrate, and it is removed by taking STEEL IN

gave him assurance of his meeting WARDLY.

with success. Dr. Sheridan, who squandered more

Much elated with this encourage.. tiian he could afford, took out his purse ment, Linnet boldly pushed to the as he sate by the fue, and found it was Justice's house, directing his whole very hot, slie said, the reason was, that company to proceed to Chelsea, and his money burit in his pocket.

order a dinner at the Swan, and re

gale themselves. This mandate Stella called to her servants to know was cheerfully complied with, and what ill smell was in the kitchen? We the eventful letter was delivered acare making matches, was the answer : Matches, said she, are made in heaven, cording to direction. But what was but, by the brimstone, one would think the purport of this letter! Instead they were made in hell. 'i

of that which should secure a web

come and support, it was one that The two maxims of any great man at

menaced the reader with a sudden Court are, always to keep his counte-scene of ho: ror,'Tis proper to narze, bui never to keep his word. explain,

hus:

On

Then thus it was : The com-/rob and murder my family 2.

of The Bold Stroke for a Wife night, and all their horrid tools are d been played a few nights before, at the Swan pubiick house !"-"I sd old Linnet, resolving on this did not think this of you,” says the (ccasion to make a grand appear- servant to Linnet. « What, de

sce, had put on the stage waistcoat you know the fellow, Sirrah?”. e had worn in the Colonel

, in one “ Yes, Sir, he is the master of the {the pockets of which was a letter, play.” “A player! and are you opposed to be sent by the Colonel's not an open and an avowed murTiend to Obadiah Prim, on hearing derer?" "O Lord Sir! what do hat the real Simon Pure was actu- you mean?” “Look at this letter, 17 come, which if not timely pre- you hang dog! Did not you deliver anted must ruin the Colonel's design this to me?" -Who can describe pon the cautious quaker. Judge the innocent Linnet's astonishment the magistrate's surprise on open- upon the discovery of the mistake! ag the supposed letter of recom- « Oh, dear Sir, I beg your pardon, nendation, when he found it began here is Squire .....i's letter ; I

hope this will satisfy you.” “Hold “ There is a design formed to rob him till I see what's here." the house and cut your throat."

the perusal of the real letter, his The Justice rang his bell

ma servant worship’s countenance was changed appeared Where is the man that from a savage ferocity to a most brought this letter ?” “ In the hall, placid smile. He immediately disSir." « Call bim up directly.' missed the innocent aggressor, with While the servant was employed in full permission for his performing; going to fetch up the unconscious at the same time giving him this culprit, old Quorum read on

piece of wholesome advice-never to

forget his part again. * The gang, whereof I am one, though now resolved to rob no more," here old Linnet made his appearance - Well, friend,” says the

GAMESTER. Justice, “ you belong to the gang : UNHAPPY is that mortal'that has how many are there of you ?” “We imbibed a love for play; so powerful are fourteen in all, Sir.” 6 Four- is that seductive passion, that every teen! and where are you all ?” consideration of propriety, affection, At Tool's, Sir-at the Swan." consanguinity, friendship, and vir*Indeed! Oh, very well, you have tue, falls before this all-destroying all your tools at the Swan, have you? leviathan, the offspring of sordid I'll take care of you and your tools Avarice, which, swallowing all the presently.” Many thanks, Sir;- nobler sensations of the soul, robs Squire ....., told me you would Justice of her balance, Valour of her encourage us." “Aye was it he sword, and Pity of her tear. The sent you to my house?” “Yes, professed gamester feels no comSir.”_" Well, and when do you in- miserating pangs for the , wide tend to begin this grand affair ?"-spreading ruin his favourite vice oc* We always begin about seven casions. He views with hardened o'clock, Sir." You do! here callosity and freezing apathy, the Thomas, here, seize immediately wretched man he has despoiled, lois daring hardened old villain ; he writhing under the tortures of selfand his whole gang are coming to condemnation, agonized by the stings

MOTTOS BY FOOTE.

of remorse, that goad him on to des- purchaser, of no ordinary kind.-it peration, as he reflects on returning consists of two baronies, the future to the wife he loves, whom he has prospects of which are set forth by made a beggar; and how he shall stating, that one of them is let for receive the innocent caresses of her nine hundred years, and the other on children, by his pernicious vices, "a lease for ever ; at the expiration deprived of the inheritance of their of which terms, both the said baroforefathers.

nies will be capable of prodigious improvement!"

A FOREIGNER, in his remarks on FROM LONDON PAPERS.

this country, says "By the laws of England a man and his wife may

carry on business-separately." flotto for a physician.-Being asked by a lady to translate a physi

THREE persons have been put cian's motto, which was “ A numine

into the stocks by order of the May. salus,” he quickly replied, “ Ged or of Limerick, for refusing to take help the alient!'

real mint half pence! These good

Hibernian shop-keepers seem to Appropriate Motto.-During one stocks to mere hard cash.

have preferred an interest in the of Foote's trips to Dublin, he was much solicited by a silly young man of fashion to assist him in a miscel To Readers and Correspondents. lany of poems and essays he was

The articles judiciously selected by about to publish; but when he ask- a LADY are inserted with pleasure ed to see the manuscrips, the other they denote an elegant and refined told him—« That at present he had taste, which could give a lively interest only conceived the different subjects,to original communications. but had put none of them to paper.” CROSS READINGS are not always "0! if that be the case," cried worth reading at all; if original and Foote, “I will give you a motto pointed a few may not be unpleasing. from Milton, for the work in its

We have the pleasure this evening present state :

of introducing to our readers several “Things unattempted yet in prose or beautiful songs from the glowing per verse.”

of a native poet. They will be followed

by others of the same style. We trust Davenport the Tailor.---This they will not be neglected because they

original or despised because they are man, who acquired a considerable American. We should venture to place fortune with a good character, ask some of them by the side of SRESed Foote for a motto for his coach. STONE, and invite the literary botanist “ Latin or English ?" asked the wịt;

to compare others with the flowers, “ Poh! English to be sure; I don't from the genius of CAMOENS.

which Lord Strangleford has collected want to set up for a scholar.”" Then I have one from Ilamlet,

55 The Rose" is in full bloom; the that will match you to a button-lole : thorn of the last verse will wound the $. I.ist! list! ch, list,!"

part to which it is applied.

Selim has taken a circuitous jour An Irish estate has been recently ment;" we doubt, however, whether

ncy in search of "peace and conte... odvertised, with temptations to al bas yet arrived at their residence,

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