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his family. His employment was superb palaces, which they fcreen. to make up bales of merchandize, ed from the scorching rays of the and carry thein aboard vessels that sun. The pleasure which Amram lay in the port of Balsora; and at and Zeneide took in contemplating other times to unload the vessels the noble piles of building before that arrived, and carry the bales to them, and the ferene beauties of the ftore-house. He was hired to the evening was soon interrupted : do this drudgery by Zadoc, a Jewith they were seized suddenly by a merchant, whose avarice seemed band of armed men, who having to encrease with his wealth. Thus blindfolded their eyes, conducted had Omri the mortification to find them thro'a variety of passages to the himself become the menial servant Vizir's deraglio, which was not far of one with whom he could for- distant from the square. They merly have vied in riches and opu- were there lodged in different apartlence.
ments, and their being separated Amram, the son of Omri, Ihared from each other filled their minds with his father in this laborious with inquietude ; whilft the magniand wretched occupation; and by ficence that surrounded them, and their unwearied diligence, they the respect shewn them by numeearned wherewithal to procure the rous attendants, who served them bare necessaries of life for them. with the utmost officiousness, made selves, as well as for Arpalia and such a contrast with the abject Zeneide. Omri, though reduced state in which they had for some thus low, still retained fome remains time lived, that they almost thought of hope, when he contemplated the themselves under the influence of perfections of his son and daughter, inchantment. They were clothed which the strokes of adverse for. in the richest raiment which the tune could not impair. The wardrobes of the Vizir could afford; brightness of their beauty, and their their eyes were dazzled by the thining qualifications, would, he golden vases beset with gems, which thought, soon raise them from ob- glittered before them; lamps fed scurity, and herein he was not de with naptha and asphalthis yieldceived: but the Angel of evil found ed them light; and their hearing means to make those very perfec- was regaled with a most delighttions, in which he placed his con- ful symphony. fidence, the occasion of the ruin of In the morning, Zeneide was both.
brought before the Vizir Ekbar Amram happened one day to Ogluff: he was struck with surprize recreate himself after his toil, by at the first view of her charms, his taking a walk with his fifter surprize was quickly succeeded by Zeneide, in one of the squares of love, and the foon became the Balsora, where rows of palm-trees mistress of his heart. The other formed a pleasing shade on each women of the seraglio, and above side of a verdant plain, and delight- all Zoraide, who till then held the ed the eye with the beauties of na- first place in the favour of Ekbar ture; to vie with which, art had Ogluff, inwardly pined with envy layihed all its ornaments on the and discontent to see their fainter
charms charms eclipsed by those of Zeneide; the deformity of her daughter Zelis, but they concealed their secret jea- without feeling the mott poignant lousy with the mask of affected com- grief, and was tormented with envy plaisance.
whenever the reflected upon the Ekbar Ogluff having thus be- happiness of Arpasia, whose daughftowed his affections upon Zeneide, ter Zeneide had charms which could could not neglect her brother Am- engage the affections of a Vizir. ram, who had qualities sufficient to Raffid was equally mortified when excite his esteem, even if the charms he contemplated the imperfections of Zeneide had not pleaded in his of his son Almannor, with which behalf. He made him the chief of the genius and uncommon personal his domestics, and every day shewed beauty of Amram made a striking him new marks of distinction. contrast. In fine, neither father' or
Amram and Zeneide, in their mother took any delight in their exalted state, did not forget their offspring ; they thought that withfather Omri; they spoke of him to out external beauty life was in their benefator, and Omri was vain bestowed by heaven, and often brought to the palace of the Vizir, wilhed that the angel of death where a magnificent apartment might remove from their fight a was affigned him, and he was treat- fon and daughter, whose defeats ed with a deference which ihewed were a constant source of uneafiness the high regard that Ogluf had for to them. The unhappy children his son and daughter. Thus was could not but feel the unkindness of Omri again raised to a state of feli- their parents, but their mutual city, which soon made him forget tenderness for each other continued his former sufferings; and his hapo unabated. This was a great allepiness would have been compleated, viation to their unhappiness, and had but Raffid been present to be a by a constant ftudy of the Koran, witness of his exaltation. In this and meditating upon its divine precircumstance he was indulged like- ceps, they learned to be content wife: the plague having broke out with their lot; and whilst their paat Bagdad, Rafid, with his family, rents were constantly repining at came to settle at Balsora, and were their want of beauty, acquiesced in ftruck with surprize at seeing their the will of the Supreme Allah, and former neighbours raised to a fta- fubmitted with resignation to his fion which, fur grandeur, equalled ordinance. their late debasement. The force Radid and Selima continued to of habit made Raskid and Selima repine at the decrees of heaven, compare their own circumstances and thought fate had been as fevere with those of the family of Omri; to them, as it had been kind to and though they had never, like Omri and his children; but a few them, been reduced to a state of revolving moonis Mewed that mortals indigence and misery, they found, are unable to form a judgment of from the comparison, reason to re- that which constitutes their happipine at their own fate, and to envy nesls, and, that Allah favours them that of their neighbours.
most highly when be refuses to Selima never cast her eye vpon grant their prayers. The vindic
tive Zoraide felt the strongest pangs proffered love with scorn and dirof jealous rage to see Zeneide be- dain. The furious Zoraide, seeing come the Vizir's favourite mistress; herself neglected by Amram, resolvand her furious resentment rose to ed to destroy the man who refused such a pitch, that the formed the , to be subfervient to her pleasures, cruel resolution of destroying her and to gratify her desire of revenge rival by poison. This inhuman when her lult was disappointed. It purpose was easy for her to was not hard for her to compass her carry into execution ; Vavaffor, the design ; the antient domestics of the chief of the Eunuchs, was devoted Vizir were discontented at seeing to her interest, and having grown Amram raised over them, and reaold in the seraglio, could not but be dily listening to her suggestions, forversed in all its various mysteries of med a party against him. These iniquity. He prepared for Zeneide having watched their opportunity, a poison so subtile, that its effect fell upon Amram one night in an. was instantaneous ; Zeneide fell a avenue of the palace; and thouglı victim to jealousy, and the Vizir he'defended himself with great rewas inconsolable for her loss. The solution, he at last was overpowered ' afiliation of her unhappy father by numbers, and fell at the feet of was equal to that of her lover ; but his enemies, covered from head to the misfortunes of his family were foot with wounds. not yet at an end. The Vizir' Thus did Amram and Zeneide' Ogluff was soon after the death of owe their destruction to that beauty Zeneide sent for to Bagdad by the which their parents thought the Califf; at his departure, he left the choicest gifts of heaven, whilst the care of his domestic affairs to Am. children of Raflid and Selima were ram, whom, as the brother of by their happy deformity secured Zeneide, he preferred to his most from the strokes of fate. The eyes antient servants. .
of their parents were now opened The bloody Zoraide, who but by the calamities which befel the seldom saw Amram when the vizir family of their neighbour ; they no was at Ballora, having frequent op- longer with-held their affection from portunities of seeing him when he their children, nor repined at the superintended the houshold of Ooluff dispensations uf Providence, but acin his absence, conceived for him a knowledged that Allah alone knows passion as strong as her hatred for what is really for the good of men, his sister. As the was bent upon the The plague being over, they regratification of all her desires, the turned to Bagdad, where they lived made fuch open advances to Am- in a state of uninterrupted happi. ram, that he could not possibly be ness during the remainder of their ignorant of ber sentiments for him; lives; and Rallid caused to be wrote but though he was ignorant of her in letters of gold over his gate, being the murtherefs of his beloved “Oh mortals ! when you pray to filter Zeneide, he had an antipathy Allah, guard again the fuggellions for her of which he did not know of your bcärts; wliat you desire the reason, and returned all her molt arden:ly, may turn to your
bane, and your happiness may result son of his causing thofe-words to from the circumstances that excite be wrote over his gate. Rallid hav. your strongest abhorrence. The true ing discovered his motive to the nature of good and evil are known Califf, that prince fent for Alman. only to Allah and his holy pro- nor and Zelis to court, and every phet Mahomet, who are sometimes day bestowed upon them new merciful in rejecting your prayers.” marks of his favour. Thus did
These words excited the curio. the deformity of these, in the end, fity of all the inhabitants of Bag. raise them to a more exalted ftadad; and the Califf having re- tion than Amram and Zeneide had ceived information of them, sent for attained to by their beauty and Raffid, and enquired into the rea- shining qualifications.
A port Character of the late unfortunate Lady Molesworth, who perished, with the greatest part of ber Children, by a Fire which happened lately at ber House in Brook-street.
LADY Molesworth was born in austerity of parental authority was tune bestowed on her a mind replete mildness and tenderness of her difwith every amiable quality, lodged position, that her children learnt in an elegant and lovely form; and from their earliest infancy to trust education added every accomplish. her, as their friend and companion, ment that could improve the one with the most hidden thoughts and or grace the other. Married in her secrets of their hearts ; and being early youth to a man advanced in fully possessed of their love and years, by her exemplary conduct the confidence, the acquired an influence became an honour to his name, and over their very minds as well as the pride and comfort of his declin- actions, which severity never can ing life : to be obedient only was attain. She judged too well to for her too mean a virtue; it was · think solitude the proper scene of her constant study to prevent his education, or that a young person wiihes, to discover his inclinations, was likely to make a better figure and make them appear the object in the world from having been of her own choice. After having bred up in total ignorance of it; been for some years the best of she rather chose that her children wives, she became a widow in the fhould learn from their own obserprime of life, with a numerous and vation, affifted by her instruction, lovely offspring: to educate these the dullness and insipidity of a life in the most effe&ual and most be- spent in conftant pursuit of amusecoming manner, she dedicated the ment; at the same time that they remainder of her days : never was were taught, by her example, how a parent better qualified to convey, consistent a moderate and rational never were young minds better dif- enjoyment of pleasure is with the posed to receive, instruction; the strict performance of every duty of life. Her behaviour was distinguish one of whom would have facrificed ed by the most pleasing and unaffec- a thousand lives to have preserved ted gaiety; while virtue, in all its her's, she seemed to have attained native brightness, phone forth in her the height of human felicity. Thus countenance with a purity that the happy in themselves, and each other, most envenomed malice dared not this amiable family closed the farai attempt to fully, and the most licen- evening, doomed e'er the morning tious tongues were forced to respect; rose, to a scene of such distress and esteemed and reverenced by her horror, that those perhaps are the grateful dependants ; beloved by most to be lamented, who have her numerous and valuable friends; survived to suffer the dreadful pangs adored by her children, every of recollection.
An Account of the Proceedings against John Wilkes, Esq; Member of Parlia
ment for Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, and late Colonel of the Buckinghamshire-Militia.
tibus, vel liberis ConsuetudiniMR. Wilkes was taken into cus
tody, on Saturday April 30, bus suis, aut utlagetur aut exulet, 1763, by a warrant from the re- aut aliquo Modo deftruatur. Nec cretaries of state; charged with be- fuper eum ibimus, nec fuper eum ing the author and publisher of a mittemus nifi per legale Judicium feditious libel, intitled the North Parium fuorum vel per Legem Briton, Number 45, published on Terre." Saturday April 23, 1763 ; and af- [No Freeman may be apprehended, ter examination before the secreta. or imprisoned, or diffeised of bis ries of state, was committed to the Freehold, or LIBERTIES, or free Tower. The afternoon of the day Customs, or be outlawed or banissa of his commitment, an Habeas ed, or any wife deftroyed. Nor Corpus was granted by the lord will we pass upon him, nor con. chief justice of the court of Com- demn him, but by the lawful mon Pleas, to bring him to that Judgment of bis Peers, or by the court to answer to the said accusa- Law of the Land.] tion. The following is the contents of As the apprehension and com
mitment of John Wilkes, Esq; a paper publickly dispersed through- member of parliament, to the out London and Westminster, re- Tower, must have raised the calative to Mr. Wilkes's commitment riosity of many people to know the to, and treatment in, the Tower.
circumstances attending it; the MAGNA CHARTA.
following detail of simple facts (upon which every reader will make
his own comments) cannot be un• Nullus Liber Homo capiatur, vel reasonable, and are perhaps abro.
imprisonetur, aut diffeisiatur de lutely necessary to be laid before libero Tenementum fuo, vel Liberta. the public. May, 1763.