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doubt whether it'is possible so grossly to deceive one whose principal employment has, for thirty years, been the observation of mankind. What she said to me, she both thought and felt; nobody shall ever persuade me of the contrary.
Sincerity and good-nature are legibly inscribed on the countenance of the hereditary prince. Prince Leopold and the two princesses appear to be rather bashful. All of them conversed with me in the German language; which the hereditary prince, in particular, speaks very fluently. The reciprocal behaviour of the children to the mother, and the mother to the children, which I had an opportunity of observing, is so tender, so unaffected, as to inspire the bosom of the stranger with the most agreeable sentiments. It is likewise a commendable trait in the character of the queen, that she is still so strongly attached to her native land. On entering her antichamber you hear nothing but German, and honest German faces every where smile upon you. The queen receives every week from Vienna, a written account of all occurrences remarkable or not in that city. She calls it her chronicle of lies, but has suffered it to be sent for thirty years without countermanding it*.
* The late persecutions of this unfortunate Princess give additional interest to her history. Buonaparte, a few months since, with all the usual acrimony of his hatred, declared that she had ceased to reign. We may, however, trust that the suspension of her regal power is but temporary, and that she will owe the recovery of her throne to the valour of Britons !
CHARACTER OF THE EMPEROR ALEXANDER,
Described in Poetry and in Prose.
Ler Fame no longer boast the Grecian age,
The soul of great Atrides there we see,
* Rex Pylius
The prudence which enrich'd Ulysses' mind,
Then bid my numbers deep, majestic flow,
As when the sun first bursting into light, With placid smiles, dispels the gloom of night, A gentle fire shines mildly round his head, And rosy blushes the pale clouds o'erspread ; Yet e'er the god his sultry course pursues, He bathes his tresses in ambrosial dewst: So here, bless'd promise of a genial day, A pensive lustre ting'd the rising ray;
When his brave son upon the fun'ral pyre
* Πολλων και συνεχων, &c.
+ The rosy finger'd morn appears,
Dryden, Alb. and Alban.
ALEXIS' grief empearld th' ethereal gleam,
While thus the son, by gentle nature mov'd,
-Jam Phæbum úrgere monebat
Lucan. lib. ii.
Rara profanátàs inspectânt numma rerras. Stat. Sylv. 3.
# The first acts of Alexander's reign realised the expectations of the world, and exhibited the benevolence of his nature in the most impressive manner. His accession to the throne was announced early on the 12th March, 1801. On the day fol. lowing, he went to the senate, and restored its authority. He suppressed the state inquisitions which had been guilty of the greatest tyranny and injustice-he gave liberty to the state prisoners arbitrarily confined in the several fortresses--recalled the exiles-abolished the insulting ordinances about dress, allowing every one to deck his person agreeably to his fancy i
Mercy with sweet enrichment from his mind '.
Now through the inquisition's sanguine cell,
and exonerated the inhabitants of the capital from the trouble'some duty of alighting from their carriages at the approach of any of the imperial family. He dismissed from office many persons undeserving the stations they filled, and corrected numerous abuses which had crept into the military' as well as the civil department. In short, he did every thing that the most comprehensive judgment, or the most virtuous heart, could suggest.-Amongst other ukases which were issued on the day succeeding his accession, was one for reviving and confirming all the regulations of the late Empress Catherine for the encouragement of industry and cominerce.