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his pensive voluntary seclusion at home, ,, Mathilda, condescended, this once, to rehad it not been for the intreaties of his sis. main neuter, and left it to the young trio ters, who wanted a conductor. Caroline, to settle the matter betwixt themselves, to whom he had revealed his secret, was with a formal promise to abide by their dein hopes, that the bustle of the world, cision, whatever might be the result. Thus alone, might prove efficient to dissolve a authorized, the two sisters adjourned, with love, that rested on so fighty a basis ; her senatorial pomposity, into the drawingsorrow, therefore, kept pace with her dis room, where the Chevalier attended, inappointment, when she saw him constantly, different as he was to the verdict about to on returning from their ranıbles, seek her be brought. private company, to converse of his beloved

Mathilda, who was allowed to speak object. His natural sprightliness, which first, delivered a very able speech, notwithshe, like many more, had mistaken for

standing, in imitation of some of her conlevity, gradually forsook him; and she, temporaries, she quoted neither the Greeks finally, had the mortification to find, that

nor the Romans; and the gentle smile, and all such arguments as sisterly affection could sweet blushing look which accompanied dictate, or reason suggest, were equally un the conclusion of every sentence, if not inavailing as the vortex of dissipation, to re tended to sue for acquiescence, was calcustore him to his wonted spirits, and still lesslated, at least, to defeat every attempt to a to his former tranquillity of mind and in refutation. A graceful inclination of the

head having announced that she had noHad Clementina been in town, her friend thing more to say, Caroline began as folmight have ventured an open declaration lows:in behalf of a tenderly cherished brother, “ From the liberality which you have regardless of a resolution, which, in her just evinced, my beloved Mathilda, in not cooler moments, she deemed on a level of ascribing to selfish motives my apparent irrationality with his unparalleled amour; opposition to your wish, I shall presume to but to commit an intimation of the kind to claim your indulgence for a real offence; paper, she declared, notwithstanding her but, prior to my disclosing the nature of it, partiality, was inadmissible. Nay, Caro- 1 must, in justice to myself, assure you, that line, for reasons best known to herself, had I was prompted solely by the desire of rennever once mentioned the Chevalier's name dering essentialservice to a brother, equally in her correspondence with the Baroness; | dear to us both. It being at my particular whilst, on the other hand, she constantly request that Adolphus has hitherto conspoke of Mathilda, of whom she would cealed from you the situation of his heart, give such a whimsical description, that it I am under no apprehension of incurring was next to an impossibility she should not his displeasure by ivforming you, that his create a desire of seeing such an extraor tenderest affections are irrevocably fised, dinary character.

on an object to whom he has not, as yet, Meanwhile, Madame de Brie, having been allowed to make it known. His hapunexpectedly, recovered some vonchers and piness being thus at stake, you certainly documents that had been mislaid by a care will rejoice with me to hear that I have less agent, and on the absence of which

partly succeeded in removing the obstacles rested the claims of the plaintiff in her to an overture, which, I am confident, will cause, an arbitration was proposed, and be conducive to the completion of his the difference amicably adjusted, without wishes. My hopes," continued she, profurther trouble or delay, to the satisfaction ducing a paper, " are founded on this let. of all parties concerned. She now, there ter from my friend, the Baroness d'Urbin, fore, only thought of returning home, where to the perusal of which I beg you will

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to accompany them ; whilst Caroline, with | MY DEAREST CAROLINE,--I intended

po inferior warmth and anxiety, endeavour- || inviting you to come and spend the vintage ed to dissuade him from undertaking the season with me at Marenil, but as my brojourney. The good aunt, though always ther, who arrived last night, proposes to coninclined to meet every wish of her dear Il tinue here for a couple of months, I should



sear lest the acquaintance of an accomplish- y me word that I may soon expect to see, ed young man might make you repent your under my roof, the Chevalier de Rabar.” vow of celibacy; neither could I ever for. Before either had recovered from their give myself for exposing him to the ‘pangs surprise, Caroline, after a pause, resumed of despised love,' for I am certain that if || her discourse.—“The offence which I have he were to know you, Caroline, he would, || been guilty of,” said she, “is no less than he must love you. As an indemnification, taking great liberties with the character of however, both to him and to me, I have || my sweet Matbilda, as the contents of my imagined, that you could easily prevail on friend's letter too clearly proves. The last your lovely amazon to be your substitute. l words it contains, however, require a parI truly long to see her, and, in her com ticular explanation. It is you, Mathilda, pany, I should fear vought for the Count's whom my friend expects under the name of peace, as, at worst, if amidst the sports of our brother, but it is that very identical the field, and the other manly exercises to || brother, under whose features and dispowhich, you tell me, she is so partial, he || sition, propensities, and acquirements beshould happen to see through her disguise, / coming his sex, that I have depicted you, she is not bound, I hope, like yourself, to whom I shall introduce to her in your stead. remain single, and I feel not the least ob- | My scheme having succeeded so far, I trust jection to let them take their chance. Who that sympathy which she appeals to will knows what may be the result? So much interfere in favour of both parties : for I has been said about the irresistible power confess that I am not a little concerned for of sympathy. At any rate, I solemnly en Clementina's own welfare; and I verily gage to keep ber secret, and to wait for the believe, thai, in the end, she will be thankevent. I cannot account why, but, indeed, ful to me for the cheat." I anticipate a happy issue, if you only send (To be concluded in our next.)


A young man, a native of Noyon, in || allow him to introduce himself to a respect. Piccardy, whose name we purposely suppress | able family in the capacity of a tutor, and through particular regard for the family no lower would he stoop. At last, howhe belonged to, had been sent to Paris, ever, after racking his brains to find out a there to study the law, and in the interval resource, he recollected that close to his naboarded with a Procureur au Chatelet. Upon tive place there was a famous Chartreuse, the demise of his father he inherited a very where he might procure an asylum, at handsome fortune, which he soon squan- least, for a twelvemonth, and trusted that dered away by dint of indulging in all the || in the interim Providence might have follies which that immense metropolis of something in store to procure a rescue. At France has long since been known to be any rate he made up his mind to become a the seat of. In the continual pursuit after | novice in the convent of the Carthusian pleasure and dissipation, our prodigal, | friars of Noyon. within a short period, exhausted the pecu Prior to bis entering the convent, howniary resources which the sale of his jewels | ever, he thought himself bound to pay his and wardrobe had procured, so that un respects to, and take a last farewell of his willing henceforth to mix within the gay only remaining relative, an uncle, who had circles of his former fellow-revellers, he an estate on the skirts of the town. The withdrew, with a few crowns only in his li good gentleman gave a hearty welcome pocket, to an humble chambre garnie, in to his nephew, to whom he even returned an obscure part of the city.

many thanks for his kind visit; but I leave Here he sat in deep meditation, equally | you to judge of his utter surprise when the regretful of his past extravagance, and young man, with a sanctified Jook and projecting the means of extricating bimself tone of voice, imparted his intention of refrom his present hopeless situation. The tiring from the world to atone for his past mean appearance he now cut would not; errors and bad conduct. The uncle en



deavoured to dissuade him from carrying | discharge was to sham being deranged. his plan into execution, but all his rhetoric He accordingly committed several outrages proved inefficient, whereas that of the other that could be ascribed to insanity alone, party was so truly persuasive that the land in consequence of which he was conuncle himself determined to become a Carol fined in the citadel. Here he would insult thusian friar; and both of them commenced his officers, and be guilty of such acts of their noviciate on the same day. Both un violence that it was found advisable to derwent the ordeal with unrelenting zeal pinion him, but he broke his handcuffs, and assiduity; it would have been difficult and flung them at the heads of his officers. to point out whose behaviour of the two He then had his hands fastened behind his was most exemplary.

back, and yet in the course of the night A twelvemonth had expired; a notary succeeded in making a hole in the wall had been sent for to execute the last will that cost seven hundred Flemish forins and testament of the two candidates, each repairing. He uext was conveyed to the of whom bequeathed the whole of his pro- convent of the Bons-Fils, at Armentieres, perty, goods and chattels, &c. in want of three leagues from Lille. Placed in a subnext of kin, to such and such friends and terraneous cell, he tore his clothes, lay stark domestics. The uncle then pronounced | naked in filth, and would sing all day and his vows first, through particular regard tonight long alternately those Latin hymns seniority; and so awful did the ceremony || and psalms he had chanted in the convent, appear to the nephew, that on a sudden he and those obscene songs which he had became sensible of his incapacity to go | learned in the barracks, guard-room, and through the same, re-demanded his laical || cabarets. Thus he continued for upwards clothes, and left the convent the same day of eighteen months, when observing a to take possession of the fortune that was change in his diet, he listened to the conso legally bequeathed him.

versation of his fellow-prisoners, who were Our heir at law had not been made wiser not all deranged, and heard that the regiby experience; the whole of his uncle's ment had sent his discharge, and that he property was dissipated as expeditiously was maintained by the government. He as that he had inherited from his father; instantly began to follow another course, and the young man, 'now left destitute, called for clothes, slept at night, gave up thought of no other resource but of en bis singing, and finally shewed himself a listing as a private soldier in the Queen's young man of sense and abilities. regiment of foot, which was then in gar The monks took great care to have it risvu at Lille.

reported that bis recovery was due to their For eight long years was he doomed to mode of treatment, and accordingly receivcontinue in that situation, which he dis- ed deranged patients from all parts of liked too much to attempt being deserving France, after our mock-madman had been of preferment. He then took it into his restored to society. head that the only means of procuring his


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hewn freestone, found under the streets, Dec. 24.-I went to see the isle encom but more plentifully at Mont Matre; it passed by the Seine and the Oyse. The consists of twelve arches, in the midst of city is divided into three parts, whereof the which ends the point of an island, on which Louvre is greatest. The city lies between are built handsome artificers' houses. On it and the university, in form of an island. the middle of this stately bridge, on one Over the Seine is a stately bridge, called side, stands that famous statue of Henry IV Pont Neuf, begun by Henry lil. in 1578, called the Great, on horseback, exceeding and finished by Henry VI. It is all of the natural proportion by much; inscrip



tions of his victories and inost signal actions, , mixed with the mud ; yet it is paved with are engraven in brass. The statue and a kind of freestone, of near a foot square, horse are of copper, the work of the great which renders it more easy to walk on than John di Bologna, and sent from Florence our pebbles in London. by Ferdinand I. and Cosma II. uncle and On Christmas eve, I went to see the cousin to Mary di Medicis, the wife of this cathedral of Notre Dame, built by Philip King Henry. It is enclosed with a strong | Augustus, but begun by King Robert, son and beautiful grate of iron, about which | of Hugh Capet. It consists of a Gothic there are always mountebanks, shewing fabric, supported by a hundred and twenty their feats to idle passengers. From hence | pillars, which make two aisles in the church is a delightful prospect towards the Louvre round about the choir, without compreand suburbs of St. Germains, the isle Du || hending the chapels, being a hundred and Palais, and Notre Daine. At the foot of seventy-four paces long, sixty wide, and a this bridge is a water-house, on the front hundred high. The choir is enclosed with whereof, at a great height, is the story of stone-work, engraven with the sacred hisour Saviour and the woman of Samaria, | tory, and contains forty-five chapels, canpouring water out of a bucket. Above iscellated with iron. At the front of the a very rare dial of several motions, with a chief entrance are statues in relievo of the chime, &c. The water is conveyed by | Kings, twenty-eight in number, from Chilhuge wheels, pumps, and other engines, debert to the founder, Philip; and above from the river beneath. The confluence them are two high square towers, and of the people, and multitude of coaches || another of a smaller size, bearing a spire passing every moment over the bridge, is in the middle, where the body of the church an agreeable diversion to a new spectator. forms a cross. The great tower is ascended Other bridges also, as that of Notre || by three hundred and eighty-nine steps, Dame, the Pont au Charge, &c. fairly || having twelve galleries from one to the built, with houses of stone, are laid over other.

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some good modern this river: only the Pont St. Anne, bound- | paintings hanging on the pillars; the most ing the suburbs of St. Germains at the conspicuous statue is the large Colossus of Thuilleries, is built of wood, having like- | St. Christopher, with divers other figures wise a water-house in the midst of it, and of men, horses, prospects and rocks about a statue of Neptune casting water out of a this gigantic piece, being of one stope, and whale's mouth, of lead, but much inferior more remarkable for its bulk than any to the Samaritan.

other perfection. This is the prime church The University lies south-west on higher of France for dignity, having archdeacons, ground, contiguous to the lesser part of || vicars, canons, priests, and chaplius in Paris. They reckon no less than sixty-good store, to the number of a hundred five colleges, but they in nothing compare and twenty-seven. It is also the palace of with ours at Oxford for state and order. the Archbishop. The young King was The booksellers dwell within the Univer- there, with a great and martial guard, who sity. The schools are very regular.

entered the nave of the church with drums The suburbs are those of St. Denis, Ho- || and fifes, at the ceasiug of wbich I was envore, St. Marcel, Jaques, St. Michel, St. tertained with the church music. Victoire, and St. Germains, which last is Jan. 4, 1614.-1 passed this day with the largest one, where the nobility and one Mr. Wall, an Irish gentleinan, who persons of the highest quality are seated ; | had been a friar in Spain, and afterwards a and truly Paris, comprehending the su reader in St. Isidor's chair, at Rome, but burbs, is, for the materials the houses are was, I know not how, getting away, and built with, and many noble and magnifi pretending to be a soluier of fortune, an cent piles, one of the most gallaut cities iu | absolute cavalier, baviug, as be told us, the world, and best built; large in circuit, || been Captain of horse in Germany. It is of a round form, very populous, but situat- || certain he was an excellent disputant, aud ed in a bottom, environed with gentle de so strongly given to it, that nothing could clivities, reudering some places very dirty, || pass him. He would needs persuade me and making it smell as if sulphur were to go with him, this morning, to the Jesuits'


College, to witness his polemical talent. late addition to the buildings is very noble, We found the fathers in their church, at but the galleries, where they sell their the Rne St. Antoine, where one of them petty merchandise, are notbing so stately shewed us that noble fabric, which, for its as ours at London-no more than the cupola, pavings, incrustations of marble, place where they walk below, being only the pulpit, altars (especially the high altar), a low vault. organ, lavatorium, &c. but above all, the The Palais, as they call the upper part, richly carved and incomparable front, 1 was built in the time of Philip the Fair, esteem to be one of the most perfect pieces | noble and spacious. The great hall anof architecture in Europe, emulating even

nexed to it is arched with stone, having a some of the greatest at Rome itself; but range of pillars in the middle, around this not being what our friar sought, he led | which, and at the sides, are shops of all us into the adjoining convent, where, hav- | kinds, especially booksellers. One side is ing shewn us the library, they began a full of pews for clerks of the advocates, very hot dispute on some points of divinity, who swarm here (as ours at Westminster). which our cavalier contested, only to show At one of the ends stands an altar, at which his pride, and to that indiscreet height, || mass is said daily; within are several that the Jesuits would hardly bring us to || chambers, courts, treasuries, &c. Above our coach, they being put beside all pa that is the most rich and glorious Salle tience. The next day we went into the d’Audience, the Chamber of St. Louis, and University, and into the College of Na- other superior courts, where the parliament varre, which is a spacious well built quad-sits, richly gilt on embossed carvings and rangle, having a very noble library. frets, and exceedingly beautified.

Hence to the Sorbonne, an ancient fa. Within the place where they sell their brick, built by one Robert de Sorbonne, wares is another narrow gallery full of whose name it retains; but the restoration

shops and toys, &c. which looks down into which the late Cardinal de Richelieu has the prison yard. Descending by a large made to it, renders it one of the most ex

pair of stairs, we passed by St. Chaselle, cellent modern buildings; the sumptuous which is a church built by St. Louis, in church, of admirable architecture, is far | 1242, after the Gothic manner; it stands superior to the rest. The cupola, portico, on another church which is under it, susand whole design of the church is very tained by the pillars at the sides, which inagnificent.

seem so weak as to appear extraordinary We went into some of the schools, and

in tbe artist. This chapel is most famous in that of divinity we found a grave Doc- for its relics, having, as they pretend, altor in his chair, with a multitude of audi- || most the entire crown of thorns, and the tors, who all write as he dictates; and achal paline, rarely sculptured, judged one this they call a course. After we had sate of the largest and best in Europe. There a little, our cavalier started up, and rudely | is now a very beautiful spire erecting. enough began to dispute with the Doctor; The court below is very spacious, capaat which, and especially as he was clad in ble of holding many coaches, and surthe Spanish habit, which in Paris is the rounded with shops, especially engravers, greatest bugbear imaginable, the scholars goldsmiths, and watchmakers. It has a and Doctor fell into such a fit of laughter, fine fountain and portico. that nobody could be heard speak for a The Isle du Palais consists of a triangular while; but silence being obtained, he be brick building, whereof one side looking gan to speak Latin, and make his apology | to the river, is inhabited by goldsmiths. in so good a style, that their derision was within the court are private dwellings. turned to admiration, and beginning to the front looking on the great bridge is argue, he so baffled the professor, that possessed by mountebanks, operators, and with universal applause they all rose up puppet players. On the other side is the and did him great honours, waiting on us every day's inarket for all sorts of provisions, to the very street and our coach, testifying especially bread, fierbs, flowers, orangegreat satisfaction.

trees, and choice shrubs. Here is a shop Feb. 3.- I went to the Exchange. The l. called Noah's Ark, wliere are sold all curio.

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