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taken ;- and was seen to charge a pocket-pif- himself liable to the common weaknesfes of tol with powder, which it is supposed he in- hunan nature, on the death of his second tendel, if he had been boarded and in dan- son, as has already been taken notice of. ger of being overpowered, to have fired into He died poffeffed of a real estate worth his own powder-room, and thereby have 15,000 l. per annum, belides 60,000l. perblown up his ship.--To crown all, he was fonal

, which he left to his only fon Christoan excellent husband, and an indulgent fa- pher, a minor, then 16 years of age. ther, in which last character alone he Thewed

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THOUGHTS on several SUBJECTS.
WHERE is a propensity in most peo- fiable, upon a conviction that their governa

ple to communicate their thoughts ment is inconsistent with the good of the without any proper view : The more lan- subject ; that our interpofition tends to eftabs guine employ the press; the less lively are life better measures ; and this without a contented with being impertinent in conversa- probability of occasioning evils that may otion.

verbalance them. But these considerations Satire gratifies felf-love, and is a source of must never be separated. popularity : This the fatirist is fo conscious : People are, perhaps, more vicious in towns is himself of, that he stigmatises many in- han villages, becauíc one vicious character offensive characters.

tends to encourage and keep another in counSchemes infinitely various seem intended tenance. for our pursuit and pleasure, fo that some Laws are generally found to be sets of find their account in heading a cry of hounds, such a texture, as the little creep through, as much as others in the dignity of Lord the great break through, and the middleChancellor,

fized are alone intangled in. The Bishop's lawn ; the Marshal's trun If a person ought heartily to stickle for cheon ; the Baron's robe ; and the Judge's any caule, it should be that of moderation. peruke should be confidered only as necef- Moderation should be his party. sary fabstitutes, where genuine purity, real Inanimates, toys, utenlils, seem to merit a courage, native dignity, and suitable pene- kind of affection from us, when they have tration are wanting to complete the charace been our companions through various vicis. ters of those to whom they are alligned. fitudes.

Nothing displays quickness of genius more Circumlocutory, pitilofophical obfeenity than a dispute; as two diamonds, encount appears to be the most nauseous of all stuff. cring, contribute to each other's lustre. But It may be observed that the quarrels of perhaps the odds is much against the man of friends, in the la:ter part of life, are never tafte in this particular.

truly reconciled. The reason of this may Bashfulaess is more frequently connected be accountable from the decline of the social with good sense, than we find assurance ; passions, and the prevalence of spleen, suípiand impudence, on the other hand, is often cion, and rancour, towards the latter part of the mere effect of downright Itupidity.

life. Trifles will burst one man's lides, which There is nothing more irksome than to will not disturb the features of another ; and hear weak and servile people repeat with ada laugh one cannot join in is almost as irk- miration every filly speech that falls from a fome as a lamentation.

mere person of rank and fortune. . The A Courtier's dependent is a beggar's dog. nonsense grows more nauseous through the

A Government is inexcusable for employ- medium of their admiration, and thews the ing foolith Ministers ; because they may vena'ity of vulgar tempers, which can conexamine a man's head, though they cannot fider fortune as the goddess of wit. bis heart.

What pleasure is it to pay one's debts ! I fancy the proper means of increasing In the first place, it removes that uneasiness, the love we bear our native countıy is to re- which a true spirit feels fron dependence fide fume time in a foreign one.

and obligation. It affords pleasure to the The love of popularity seems little else creditor and therefore gratifies our social af. than the love of being beloved ; and is only fetion., It promotes that future contidence, blameable when a person aims at the affec- which is fo very interesting to an h.net tions of a people by ineans in appearance ho- mind : It opens a proipest of being readily neft, but in their end pernicious and destruc- supplied with what we want on future occative.

lions : It leaves a conscioufnels of our own Reistance to the reigning powers is jutti- virtue ; and it is a measure we know to be

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tight, both in point of justice and of sound ral, are born with the same propenfities as ceconomy. Finally, it is a main support of other men, but yet it is probable from the lifumple reputation.

cence and flattery that attend their educaPeople's characters are to be chiefly col- tion, that they will be more haughty, more lected from their education and place in life: luxurious, and more subjected to their pafBirth itself does but little. Kings, in gene- sons, than any men belides.

The JEALOUS HUSBAND: A true STORY. SEN

OTAIN, a French Gentleman, was and Sotain seems alarmed by it. He is la

rich and of a good family ; and, if jea- vilh of all his cares on her, and spares noe lousy had not exposed him to ridicule, he thing to call her back to life, yet without rewould have deserved the reputation of a man nouncing his gloomy disposition, which he of fense. He had served ten years in Italy, now cannot conquer. and had the character of a brave soldier. The cruel paflion that belaboured him His conversation was agreeable and folid. was far from weakening his love ; it may be He was scarce thirty, when he retired into even said that the more he tormented his the country, designing to settle himself there spouse, the more he loved her. He therefore for life. Among the different matches pro no sooner saw her in danger, but his desperaposed to him, he thought it advisable to give tion betrayed the most shocking symptoms. the preference to a young Lady, equally His reason was fo bewildered, that, one have beautiful and discreet, whose wit and sweet ing imprudently cried out she was juft dead, temper promised him happy and peaceful he ran to fall upon his sword, and would days, if he had known how to enjoy his have done it, was he not that instant hurried bappiness.

into his fick wife's chamber. He heaped He asked her in marriage and foon ob- upon her the most tender caresses, and made tained her. He had the secret of making to her a thousand protestations of love and himself beloved by her, and no union was at confidence. She, to whom nothing more frít more happy than theirs. The two firft was wanting for recovering her hea'dia, than years of their marriage passed away as a the certainty of being beloved by her husdream ; and two children as beautiful as band, foon began to get the better of her ail. can be imagined, were in this short time the ment; but the foon had to suffer the fame precious pledges of their mutual love. They perfecutions ; Sotain became more fretful were every-where characterised as the model than ever. Unable to fufpect the true moof perfect matrimonial union : Their ten- . tives of his ill-humour, she at last resolved to derness seemed each day to receive a new in- ask him what they were. He ftill diffembled crease. In fhort, they were happy, and, if the more than three months, and it was not jealousy of the husband had not brought dif- without the most earneft intreaties that the ac order into that respectable family, peace, fe- lalt got out of him his fatal fecret. He conLicity, and love would have shed their pleaf- fefied to her his apprehensions that another ang influence on every moment of their life. shared with him the happiness of her love,

But the ferenity, fprightly difpofition, and and that this fear poisoned all the comforts confidence of Sotain, abandoned him all of of his life. This virtuous woman, far from a sudden. He became luspicious, dull

, and upbraiding him with his diftrutt of her, chilent. His melancholy made hiin seek after thanked him for this new proof of his love. folitude ; and, if at tinies he appeared in fo- She contented herself with mildly asking ciety, it was to taunt at his sweet companion him, if he had observed in her, behaviour any with all the little reproaches his dark humour indiscretion that might justity those injurious fuggested to him.

fufpicions ; aud, to pacify him, she promised The poor Lady opposed nothing to her to be still more relerved, if possible, in all husband's peeviilineis but endearments she did. Slie concluded by her embraces, and tears ; and the barbarous man accused conjuring him to prescribe to her the comBer of diffimulation and perfidy. She thinks fany he thould be pleased me might see : at length that some internal malady must i All the wishes of my heart, added the, have disordered her husbund's brain, whom are confined to love and please you, and to the ftiil fondly loves. She would have fubject inyfelf to the least injunction of your physicians consulted, but her tender anxiety wil.' irritates him, and he rilicules it with con By this explication the husband's mind Rempa. No longer able to bear with his un was a little more at eafe. He atlured fworthy seduixent, the farlis sangerowy il, bsr, that he would make no alteration in the

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Kegimen she had hitherto followed; but her- but your ill-humour shall not hinder me to 1elf thought it proper to keep clofe at home, see your husband.' and to feclude herself from all external fo. Sotain had so much of the deceitful hypociety. She did not ftir out of her house, crite in him, as to take, against his wife, but' to go to church; and, to screen Sotain the part of his father-in-law; and the poor from the ridicule of his chimerical visions, creature, that was forced to act fo disagreeMe consented to have imputed to herself the able a part, faw herself obliged to bear her cause of her change of life. Her father and father's first harshness by kill greater. She mother, whom he scarce visited any more, prayed her husband to correspond no more Tould get out of her no other reasons of her with him; and, turning to the father, adil.' detreat, than those the give every other per- ed, that he did nothing but trouble the peace on. So discreet a conduct would undoubt- of their family. She afterwards passed out, edly have çured Sotain, if the disease that as much for hiding her teurs, as the fhame tor.nented him had not been intirely incu- of blind obedience to the orlers of her unrable. His mind was not more at peace, worthy husband. and, as the first onsets are the hardeft to get She left her father full of the resolution over, he dared to reproach his wife, that her of never seeing her more

I he mother, domestics were adults. She then kept only who had said nothing, and who was well acboys and girls in her service. At last, the quainted with her daughter's character, fuffufpicions of this monster of jealousy falling pested some mystery in this adventure. She on the gardener and the serving-men of the had obferved constraint, a malign joy, and farm, The took the resolution of moving an affected concern in the eyes of her son-inherself up in her chamber,

law. Not doubting that this indecent scene Though very sensible of these affronts of was of his projecting, fhe resolved to have her odious husband, she was firmly resolved some light thrown upon it. with herself to admit no person as the confi A few days after, her husband being obdent of her grief, and this particularly with liged to go a journey, the pertiaded him to the view of saving the reputation of the most take with him his son-in-law, under the prejealous of men; but he forced her, by his text that it was a family-affair, which eextravagancies, to let the secret be disco. qually interested both. They set out, Sovered, which she had so long kept. tain suspecting rothing of his mother-in

His wife's father, like others, was an eye- law's delign. Knowing they were to be fore to him; he intreated her to forbid hiin absent the whole day, the went to see her their house, but that the motion should not daughter, whom the found funk in deep appear to come from himself. She begged melancholy. She asked her the reason of it; to be difpenfed with obeying on this occa and as Celenia (fuch-was the name of this fion, alledging the many motives of respect unhappy woman) would fain put her off: The owed him. • Ah! said he to her, fly- “ No, no, daughter, said the to her, I see ing into a passion, it is not respect that kinclearer into you than you think. I do not ders you; I fee another cause that should upbraid you with what you have said to your

die with shame :' And hereupon father, because your character was ftudied, he threatened her with livord or poifon, if and you did not, indeerd, speak from yourThe delayed executing this his last order. felf; but I infift upon knowing your mo

To avoid the calamity a fool's rage made tives for offering violence to yourself on that her foresee, she was obliged to comply with occafion. Your husband comes daily, and his desire; and, her father coming to dine fhews us both conftantly an open counte with her, the expreffed herself with fome nance; but there is something hidden under tartness to him, in presence of her mother and it, and you are froe to declare it to me, ot husband. Believing what the said to be by not. If it be fear of revealing a shameful way of joke, she saw herself constrained to mystery that deters you, I fivear to you an defire him never to appear there again. The eternal silence; but, if you leave me to guess father, fired with just relentment, told her, what it is, besides making it known to a that the was too happy to have so good a thers, you may depend upon it, I will never man for her husband that the abused the see you more.' She folded, at the Game love he had for her ; ' and if, purtired he, time, her arms about her daughter, and, by my wife had said to her father the hundredth reiterated endearments, extorted from her a part of what you have faid to me, all my part of her secret. tenderness for her would not hinder me to Judge of the horror this honest woman make her know her duty: No longer will I was inspired with, at the thoughts of a fonown you for my daughter, continued he, in-law capable of suspecting his father-inand I never more will let foot in your house ; law and witc of a crime fo creciable. She

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consoled Celetuia as well as the could, or, band, yet her virtue renained unshaken in rather, me sympathised in her distress, and the height of all

her persecutions. proposed separation from a man fo unworthy A young Officer, whose winter-quarters of her ; but she, who still loved her hus, were in Sorain's neighbourhood, happening band, rejected these offers, and took no o to hear, from one of his discarded fervants, ther resolution than lamenting and suffering, of his wife's ill-treatment and distress, rein private, her affliction.

solved 10 be her Deliverer. He asked, If it The mother and daughter were still toge was possible to see her? And, being told ther, when Sotain arrived. He took um that the never quitted her apartment, but to brage at it, and his ill-humour broke out go to Mass, wi.ich was said in a chapel of against both.

The mother seemed, at first, the Castle, he studied with himself how to as if she did not understand hin, and step- surmount all obstacles, which served but to ped out, taking leave ; but, dreading fome animate him the rrore in his enterprise. He mishap to her daughter, she immediately re- disguised himself in the dreis of an Abbe, turned, and stood for a moment behind the and, the Sunday following, he repaired to door of her chamber. She heard Sotain ut- the road that led from the parish ti Sotain's ter horrible oaths, asking Celenia, if her Castle. As foon as he perceived the pricit, mother had properly instructed her to clole who was going to say Nafs for Celenia, he the eyes of a husband; at what time, with made up to, and alked him for an alms, whom, and in what place, they had agreed telling him he was a poor Ecclesiastic, newly to be at the rendezvous? The wife answered come from Rome. The priest proposed his him, That her mother was too prudent to going along with him to ferve his Mass, and give her such advice, and too virtuous to en- promised at his return to give him a breaktertain the least criinina! thought. His an- fast, and something to bear his charges furger was now wound up to its highest pitch; ther. This was exactly what the Cavalier and the wife, who had borne, without mur- wanted. He had the pleasure of seeing the muring, all the ill-treatment of her husband, Lady, whom he found charining ; but he had not the same patience, when he found could attempt nothing that day, and faw her mother abused ; and the brute, meeting himself obliged to withdraw with the priest; now with contradiction, forgot himself to yet without renouncing the project of introfar as to strike her.

ducing himself into Sotain's Castle: The poor Lady began to weep bitterly; He learned that Sotain had served for a but her mother, losing all patience, entered long time in Italy, and that he understood precipitately the room, and took the part of perfectly the language of that country. He her unfortunate daughter. Her presence ir did not doubt but that his jealousy was a dirritated Sotain's anger, who wanted to turn tafe he had contracted there, and, as he her out.

She stood her ground resolutely, had already deceived some jealous husbands and made so much noise that she brought up of that nation, he hoped to outwit a trenchall the women-fervants to their Mistrets's ar man, attacked with the same disorder, tho' partment, where they heard a full detail of unnatural to him. The whole difficulty the injuries of the son-in-law, and the re- conlisted in having access to his house. He proaches of the mother-in-law, Whilft devised several means, which ail failed; they remained in the house, nothing tran- this at last succeeded. He plucked out what Spired; but, Sotain having imprudently ex little beard he had, and, dressing himself as pelled them, the whole affair took wind, an Italian woman, took his station on one and was in every one's mouth.

of the Christinas holidays at the church-door, In the mean time, Celenia's mother sent where he knew Sotain was to come to the for her husband, whose presence disconcerted service. He came accordingly, and, this Sotain's fury. He brought home with him pretended Italian woman having asked him his wife and daughter, not chusing to leave for an alms in the Italian tongue, he put the latter at the discretion of a inadman. , several questions to her. She answered him, But, the next day, this enraged husband that she came from Florence, and that the came to throw himself at his wife's feet, and was going in queft of a Lady of Quality at conjured her to pardon him what had hap- Paris, whom she had accompanied as far as pened the evening before. After embracing the Alps, where robbers had forced her to a her tenderly, the consented to follow him, feparation from her. She added, that the Love parlons every thing, and, notwith- hoped that this Lady would take care of her, standing the cruelties of Sotain, the heart of because her husband died in her defence. Celenia still sided with the barbarian. She • You are therefore a widow,' said Sotain to continued to suffer the indignitjes of her hul- her. " Yes Sir, answered the, and the

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widow of a Frenchman, whose memory will the supposed widow charged herself with the be ever dear to me, because it is to his commission. She was two days abfent, and care that I owe the preservation of my ho- procured a new padlock, with two keys to nour, which these banditti would have ra- it. One of these keys the delivered to So. vihed from me, if he had not secured it from tain, the other the carefully kept herself. their violence. It was then in defending She was presented to Celenia, who received you that he was killed, replied Sotain. No, her without opposition. Šir, answered the, he was killed before vic Sotain, fancying that the pretended Italian tory declared for the banditti. How then, woman underttood very little French, laid faid he, could you owe to him the preserva- himself under no restraint before her, in his , tion of your honour ? Pray excute my tell. conversations with his wife ; and therefore ing you, replied the ; those forts of secrets did not defiye her to go out of the room, should always be kept by man and wife. when he communicated to Celenia che fecret

Sotain, who was not ignorant of the pre- he had found for curing himself of his suspicautions of some Italian and Spanish huf. cions. The virtuous wife consented to all his bands, guessed threw.dly at what the meant; desires, in hopes that this new injury would asking her, if her husband had made her a free her from worte behaviour for the future. present of a girdle of chastity. She seemed But jealousy can trust to nothing, and Soabashed, as it were, at these words, and, tain's singular precaution could keep him with modest and downcaft eyes, made him only a few days quiet. no answer ; so that this jealous Gentleman In the mean time, Julia (this was the was delighted to know, that he fould not name the Officer had taken) inlinuated herbe the firit Frenchman that had given into felf, by different means, into the good graces the extravagant infult, which from that mo of the Master and Miluress.

He never ment he projected against his chaste wife. spoke a word of French befre him, and He made this pretended Italian widow a seemed only to thew coldness and indifference present, and delired her to wait till Mals to her. But, fo foon as Sotain was out of was over ; which the Officer was very glad the way, the fondest care and strictest artenof, promifing himfelf all possible success from tion prevented Celenia in favour of the young so fortunate a beginning.

Gentleman, whole fex she had not yet the After making her eat and drink in his least fufpicion of. He could have wished to presence Sotain conducted her to the bottom discover it, but could not do it without runof the garden, where they could not be over- ning great risques. The jealous husband; heard by any one, and offered to make a at length, facilitated the means to him. provision for her in his family. With an By unrelenting perfecution, the barbarian hypocritical air she thanked him for his be- had álienated from himself the heart of Cenevolent intentions, and praited God for lenia. His endearments became loathsome finding fo charitable a Gentleman, who faved to her, and the had not the constancy to difher the shame of begging in a country where semble it. He pretended, that she was in the could not make hertelf underitood. - So- the wrong, and that nothing proved better tain afterwards confesled to her the disease he the love of a hush.ind, than those pretended was troubled with, and used his best endea- indignities which she was plealed to exaggevours to obtain from her the girdle she had rate. This moral disgusted Celenia ; the in wearing. She readily contented, but rai- dared to turn it into ridicule, and, for the fed a thousand difficulties on the manner of first time of her life, the shewed fome tatgetting ril.of is alledging the alarns of ness in the reproaches she made the tyrant. her modesty, which would never consent that Sotain imagined that his wife regretted the any man should approach her for performing liberty which the girdle had deprived her of, the operation. Notwithstanding the caths and, believing himself to be vulcaniled in of Sotain, who swore he would make no at- idea, if he was not in fact, he rudely fell tempt on her virtue, he was two long hours, upon her with niany blows; and, if it were before the determined what the should belt not for Julia, he would, perhaps, have prodo. At length they retired into a very dark ceeded farther in his ruffian-treatment. When place, where she asked him for a file, and, he was gone, Celenia shut herself up in her the help of this

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, they worked down closet, where the shed a torrent of tears. the catch or spring of the padlock. Their This was a fine opportunity for the Offionly embarrafinent, now, was to find a pad- cer. He followed his Mistress into the clo. Jock for replacing that which they had just fet, and, throwing himself on his knees,

filed through. Sotain said he could not have and embracing her's with an ardor thit juré the face to apply to a lockfinith on this oc- prised her, offered to take vengeance !or her calion, and icerned quite disconcerted, till on her unworthy husband. Seeing Celenia

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