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My Lords and Gentlemen,
long achjournment, and not what was inti“AT your fitting down, her Majesty in nuated by fome, who ought to have known á gracious letter, recommended to you two me better, the character I have in the world things, which the thought most neceflary for being, as I hope, above fo mean a reflection. your own quiet and fecurity, as well as for • And now, iny Lords and Gentlemen, I that of her Govertiment; the fettling of the can tell you, that, from her Majesty's innate fucceffion in the Protestant line, and the pro- goodness and gracious difpofition towards viding for the fubfiftence of the forces, the you, it hath been more casy for me, and some funds last given for that end being then ex- other of her fervants, to prevail with her, haulted. The first of these you have not than perhaps was by others expected ; lo thought fit for your interest to do at this that you have an act of security fufficient for time. I heartily with you may meet with the ends proposed. And it is hoped, at the an opportunity for it more for your advan- fame time, you will perfect that of supply, tage at another. The other all of you which you yourselves leemed convinceil to be seemned most ready and willing to go into, as absolutely necessary at this time, and without witness the several motions and resolves made which neither the forces can be kept on thereanent ; but, withal, shewed strong in- foot, nor any frigate maintained for guarding clinations for an act of security, as absolute our coasts and securing our trade ; both ly necessary. I told you then, as I had done which now lying before you, I hope you at firit, that I had been fully impowered and will go presently about, that, when finithed, instructed, not only as to that, but many they may have the royal asient, which I am reaother things for your good ; but, upon the dy to give. And therefore you may have tiine alteration of circumstances, had not now the to proceed to other business relating to trade, liberty to make use of clofe powers even as or your other concerns, wherein I thall be to that, till I had acquainted her Majesty, willing to comply with your defires, fo they and knew her mind, which I would do, and be within the bounds of my instructions.' ule my utmost interest to procure it favour
[To be continued.] able ; which was the true reason of your
SKETCH of the Character and Death of the Chevalier BAYARD. He Chevalier Bayard was distin- lies, and attacked his rear with great fury. the appellation of The Knight without while exerting himself with much valour, fear, and without reproach. This man, was wounded so dangerously as obliged him whose
prowels in combat, whole punctilious to quit the field; and the conduct of the honour and formal gallantry, bear a neurer rear was committed to the Chevalier Bayard, resemblance, than any thing recorded in hi- who, though fo inuch a Stranger to the arts fory, to the character ascribed to the Heroes of a Court, that he never rose to the chief of chivalry, poffefied all the talents which coinmand, was always called, in times of fonn a great General.- These he had many real danger, to the poits of greatest difficulty occalions of exerting in the defence of Mc. and importance. He put him. If at the head zieres. Partly by his valour, partly by his of the inen at arms, and, animating them conduet, he protracted the liege to a great by his presence and example to sustain the length, and in the end obliged the Imperia whole thock of the enemy's troops, he gainalilts to raile it, with infainy and loss.-Me- ed time for the rest of his countrymen to zieres, at this time of bei.eging it, in the make good their retreat. But in tlås service reign of Francis \, King of France, was a he received a wound which he immediately place of no considerable strength, but fo perceived to be inortal, and, being unable advantageously situated, that, by getting to continue any longer on horseback, he poffeffion of it, the Imperial army might ordered one of his attendants to place him have penetrated into the heat of Chain- under a tree, with his face towards the enepagne, in which there was scarce any other my; then, fixing his eyes on the guard of town capable of obftructing its progress. his tword, which he held up instead of a
When the French found theinfelves obli- cross, he addrefled his prayers to God, and ged to abandon the Milanese in 1524, Bon- in this posture, which became his character nivet
, their General, attempted a retreat into both as a foldier and as a Chriftian, he France through the valley of Aoft. Just as calmly waited the approach of death. Bourhe arrived on the banks of the Sessia, and bon, who led the foremost of the enemies began to pass that river, Bourbon and Pof- troops, found him in this situation, and excura appeared with the vanguud of the lo prefled regret and pity at the fight. • Pity
not me,' cried the high-spirited Chevalier, fons to attend him. He died, notwith-
of life. It matters not, I must tell all as faith- felicity, or my stupidity rather, egged me on fully as I can. I well deserve to be put to to destruction. I loved wine and good cheer. fome fort of shame. On the other hand, I Twenty parasites devoured me. I played must not bury in filence some laudable ac deep, and, tho'I fancieri myfelfto be a dextetions, which will be but at Night atonement rous gamester, 1 always found myself the for those ) ought to blush at.
dupe and prey of sharpers. Appriked of I am indebted for life to a rich Counsel- my dissipations, my uncle reprimanded me lor of the Parliament of Paris, who, delign- anew, but to no purpose Ai length, tired ing me for the bar, had me educated with of admonishing me, and to frustrate my exthat view. But I had such an avertion for pectations of being his heir, he resolved to ftudy, and especially for that of the law, that marry, that he inight get an heir worthy of I learned nothing. My father, perceiving him. the little inclination I had to shime in his pro It was, however, on this succession, tbat feffion, changed his design. I was commit- , my creditors depended most. They confted to the care of an uncle I had at Court, dered it as a supple:nent to my fortune, which and was provided with a poft in the King's was likely in time to be of lervice to them, houshold. A fort of propensity for libertine They knew better than myself what I was life involved me in excesive expences. On worth ; for I consigned over to them the care account of being the only son of an opulent of calculating my debts and my income. man, I had already found means to borrow To complete the picture of my disorders, I to the amount of twelve thousand crowns, thought those too prudent and regular who when I was still under twenty. The place kept mistresses as such. This manner ap I obtained cott near fifty thousand livres; peared to me too nearly allial to the circfome and this was a new bait for my creditors. uniformity of marriage. In short, I lived Their usurary purses were open to me, and as debauched a life as one well could, when I was glad thus they disburled. Of a great an event happened which I am now going number of young Gentlemen that found mo to relate : ney, as I did, with more ease than the King, I had lately hired a valet de chambre who, I was the most considered and the foonelt having been never in service, piqued himself ferver. It is true that my creditors made on his great fidelity. He informel me that me date and renew my notes, when they one of my foolman, in whom I had placed pleased. But, though they took these pre- fome confidence, was of a pilfering difpocautions, I could oblerve that they were par- dition, and carried on his thefts in concert ticularly fond of me, and that they hazarded with the cook. Jasmine, added he, goes lefs with others, from whom they often in out every night after supper, and takes away politely required security.
with him something to a place I have taken An inheritance of near two hundred thout notice of. To be convinced of the truth of the fand livres which my father, by his death in fact, I hie me at night on the stairs of a a short time after, left them and me, for I house, where my valet de chamlse aflused owed them about halt, increafed their hopes me the stolen things were brought. The and the irregularity of my conduct. My accused footman came there effatually caruncle, but in vain, remonttrated to me th. t rying a bundle, palied by without feirg me, I was seeking my ruin, Though senii- wd w. Di up into a gariet. I quickly tudo
lowed him, Knave,' faid I, presenting my ever entering into my views. As to her fa. naked sword to him, is it fo you rob me?" ther, I found the conqueft of him more easy.
The wretch immediately threw himself at Whether he was affected by my engaging my knees. Strike, Sir,' said he, but ways, or that the dread of falling into exyou will destroy three with the same blow.' treme indigenice did riot fuffer hin to be inSo saying, he pointed to a young woman, tractable, he yielded to my follicitations ; whom fear had made motionless, and an old but both of us found it a very hard talk to man almost worn out with infirmities. · Here seduce the girl. I lay both of tis, for he is nothing, pursued the footman, opening was obliged to have recourse to specious prethe bundle that he still held in his hand, .but tences to reduce her to compliance. He af the scraps and leavings of your servants vic. fured her that I had given him my word of tuals. So it is I prolong the life of my fa. honour I would publicly marry her, as foort ther, who has only this help to subliit on. as I possibly could bring the thing to bear; Yet, though these leavings are very bad, I which I dared not then do, for fear of dif pay dear for them to your cook, to whom I plealing an uncle, whose heir I expected to have given up, for this year past, my wages. be. Whilft he omitted nothing to obtain a The father, on his fide, cried out mercy; consent to his dishonour, I feconded him by but there was no further occasion to have re- the measures I had taken for bettering their course to fupplication in order to move me. way of life. I hired for them and furnished What I saw was encugh to difarm and to an apartnent, where I setded them with a inspire me with compassion. I drew near to servant-maid. In fine, we set fo many' enthe old man, and alked him, why he did not gines to work, the father and I, that the girl follicit a place in the General Hospital, ra ceased to resist us. ther than remain in so distrefied a lituation ? What determined her more than any other • I would have done fo,' answered he ; ut consideration to yield to my importunities my children opposed it; the bare name of the was, that, judging, from my behaviour to place where they thould be obliged to corne her, I was too honest a man to deceive her; and sec me frightened them.'
the fancied my attachment would not end Whilft I spoke in this manner to the old but with my life. In less than 8 days she man, his fon was fled, and his daughter had consented to furrender, and the father, well hidden herself. Be of good cheer,' faids, pleased with his lot, no longer retained any to the father, I commend what your fon remembrance of his having been wretched. has done, and, far from discharging him, 1 But his Mameful prosperity was of short duwill double his wages. To make this pro- ration. He fell ill and died, recommending mise more effectual, 1 accompanied it with to me his daughter. two or three pistoles, being all the money, This amiable child gave herself up intire: gold and silver, I found in ny pockets. I ly to the love the had conceived for me, conintended, as soon as I got home, to dispel tented with tre esteem and friendship I could Jasmine's fears, who, not knowing what I not with hold from the true merit I observed had faid to his father, must have been very in her. One might say that ber situation uneasy. Unfortunately for him, the valce pleased her, though, after the promises I had de chambre, secing him enter, and believing made her, she had a right to hope for a bethe Mould give him good advice, def-ed him ter condition. Never was life more retired to fly away in haste to escape justice, to which than her's. I could not prevail upon her to I might deliver him up; and this speech of appear at theatrical entertainments, or allunhis to troubled the footman's mind, that he tlies of any kind. the even prayed I liculd disappeared, and was no more heard of. see her only in private ; very far from the hu
His elopement gave his father great troue mour of oiher kept mistreties, who cannot ble, who lent several tiines his daughter to have lovers of abilities to engage in expences my house, to inquire if any intelligence had on their account, without erecting for them. been lad of hin. Once, having directly felves a kind of trophy of their infamy. addressed herf to me, though covered with Out of pure complaitance to me, the conrags, her beauty strang. ly alarmied me. I fented to learn to fing and dance; but the was to finitten with her, that, forge ting the employed the better part of het tirre in readgenerous motive which had hitherto induced. ing. 1ltr demiinolt, lier excellent qualime to do her good, I proposed conditions to ties; cught to have withdrawn me from my this poor innocent girl, to rescue ber and the debiuched life, and fixed me is.cirely. Stie author of het birth from wretchednels. So never asked any thing of me. It is true, I it was that I made the fentiinents of humanis anticipated her wants and defires. I feldon ty instrumental to aggravate my guilt fauvlier without making her a present of fom.
The.vistupus maid appeared very far from je uvel. One time I gave iter a yolu waiti
or snuff-box, another time a diamond ring much to fear; and I might, perhaps, have and necklace; and when it happened I won gained upon my pride to seek some resource fifty or sixty pistoles at play, I obliged her to in Paris, where I knew fo many persons who share them with me. It is play-money, said called themselves my friends. But in vain I I, if you do not take it, I Mall lose it to- should have taken fo shameful a step; for morrow; I had rather you had it than ano- my only remaining friend sent me word that ther. But commonly the would accept no he had leen them all, and that, far from bething, unless I promised her to be more rea- ing difpofed to draw me out of the abyss sonable for a certain number of days, and not most of them had dug for me, they scarce ac to frequent bad company, who were my de- ny longer remembered me.
The only perstruction. I thou in fine, be happy, if I fon, added fre, that is concerned for your pursued her advice, and that of a sincere misfortune, is the young Lady with whom friend, wh:m I fonetimes brought to lup we have sometimes fupped together. She ewith me at her apartment, and who, on his very day applies to me to learn how your fide, often exhorted me to reform my con affairs are
She earnestly follicits me to let duct. When I engaged in parties of plea- her know your address, which I did not fure, and chanced to be two days without judge advisable to do, left the might he gainfeeing her, I threw her into all imaginable ed over by your enemies. All that her tears, distress; and, if I had the least indisposition, true or falle, could obtain from me, was a the wept bitterly, as if her life was intimate- promise of a letter from her coming fafe to ly connected with mine,
I raised in her a multiplicity of other 2 He sent me one in fact, intimating, that larms. One day, over-heated with wine, he believed her fucere, but that iny distress and almost under the King's eye, I made no more required the breathings of tender myself guilty of a crime which 'I have not fighs, and that I ought to be sufficiently empower to explain. I was under a necessity barrassed with myself
, without the additional to disappear, for fear of ending my days on incumbrance of a faithful adventurer. I a scaffold ; and, notwithstanding all the in was of his opinion, and began to forget my terceltion made for me by the interest of my dear girl, imagining lhe should no longer uncle and friends, my parekon was not ob- think of nie. Yet the oftener I read her tained but by the loss of my port, and a fine letter, the more fae seemed worthy to ine of of ten thousand livies for the benefit of the attention. I still remember the words it General Hospital. This affair set my cre- contained. “I can live no longer,' said the, ditors in motion. They all knew one apo without feeing you. If you do not perther; and, having made an estimate of my mit me to come to you, I will seek after you fortune, their firit resolution was, at their in all the frontier towns. It is not so much metting, to lend me no more money, in or- for my fatisfaction that I ask this favour, as der not to increase my debts. Having learn- for your own interest. The misfortune that ed, a fortnight or three weeks after, that my keeps us at a distance from one another may uncle was going to be married, they judged have an end. Could I see you, I might adfrom this precipitate marriage, that I was a- minister fome comfort to you. We fomebandoned by him. Their intentions then times receive help where we expect it least. became public, and they joined the admini- Figure to yourself my father expiring, and Itrators of the General Hospital. These par- forget not that you swore to him that you ticulars my friend wrote me an account of in would never abandon me. I have lost all the place of my retreat. He added in his fince I was yours. I have nothing dear to me, letter, that he had been to see my uncle, who but you in the world. What significs it to nie told him, thewing his marriage articles : in what situation I may find you? It is yourHere, Sir, is a proof that I no longer ac- felf, and not your riches I have at heart.. knowledge for a nephew a profligate whom Think that I belong to you as certainly as if I would have caused to be arrested immedi- divine and human laws had imposed on me ately, if I knew where he is; and would the necessity of sharing your fortune with with pleasure let him die in a dungeon to ex you as well as your name. Farewell; F piate the ignominy he has brought on our fa- will set out when you please, and repair inmily,
mediately to whatever place you direct.' My friend, not being able to procure the Before I received this letter, the tiresome ten thousand livres I wanted, could not hin- life I led in my exile, and money I was foun der my furtune being leized and sold. Be- likely to want, had filled me with the delive Tides the above fum, I likewise stood in need of making a secret tour to Paris. I could çf cighty thousand livres to satisfy my credi- not help doing so, after reading the letter, tors. At leali, lo stript as ! was, I had retthcugh it prorried me nothing positive. ]
out as privately as I could from the place whilft he went about to my creditors, and I was in, and at night came to my friend's made them offers. I thought it was most house, who was furprised to see me. I ha- adviseable so to do. He faw them all apart, zarded much in realíty ; but the more unfor- and soon disposed them to an accommodatunate one is, the less danger is dreaded. My tion. Those, who imagine they will lose friend sent immediately to inform my mistress all, are easily induced to compound. In that he had news to acquaint her with. She mort, I saw myself at the eve of being at lifew that instant to his house, and, finding me berty, when a new misfortune cut us short there instead of a letter the expected, the of that Jatt liope. My friend's footman, poor girl was near losing her senses through fuspecting that there were things of valde in excess of joy. She did not amuse herself in the box, found means to come at the key of testifying to me the pleasure the light of me his master's closet in the night, and carried excited in ber. She asked only after my away the box with him.
and then prayed my friend and me What a stroke of thunder was this to my to follow her to her lodgings, telling us we friend, when he perceived the next day what might net, perhaps, be forry to take that had happened ? He ran immediately to give trouble.
information of the theft, and the most dilia On entering the finall chamber where she gent and strict search was made after the villived, for the hael let out her apartinent to. lain both in town and country. He was lave something, the shewed us a hox, which taken in a fortnight's time, and hanged be the opened, and in which was a great num fore his master's door, after having confessed ber of gold pieces and a good many jewels. his crime. This was all the redress and • Sir,' said ihe, turning to me, all this is consolation we had ; for justice detained the your property, and I here restore it to you.' box and its contents. Intimately affected by this action, I looked It is no easy matter to represent our distress at, quite speechless, not the treasure, but the and vexation, especially that of my friend. We generous girl that offered it to me. Then, ourselves were obliged to console him. The throwing herself into my arms, I fould poor girl, who, in the main, was the only one be much richer,' cried the, if I had been that had sustained the lofs, seemed Jealt af. as ready at receiving as you was in giving. Aięted, and exhorted me to patience. You How I now upbraid myself for my delicacy!. see,' said I to her, the result of your tenWhy was not I more covetous ? 'Why had derness. Why do you not abandon me to not I in my hands the riches that were taken my evil destiny? You had something to live from Fou? 5
* God forbid,' answered 1, 'that upon; why did you not then forget me?' I should accept what you fo cordially offer • It was my duty to assist you,'ansivered the;' me. No, my dear child; you deserve it but I can no more do to but by my care. better than I do, and I would lay down my Let us depart with what money we have relife to preserve it to you.' • And I mine,' maining 'Let us leave a country where our replied ihe, to have it in my power to rein- liberty is endangered. You say nothing to state you in your late situation. What do me, pursued the, observing me loft in thought. I see and hear?' said then my friend.'- You are distracted, I see; you have a mind How happy must one be to meet wih a re from me; but you will not succeed in verse of fortune at this rate? You have lost the attempt ; I will every-where follow you, nothing,' added he, turning to me, being and be like a shadow attending on your steps. poffered of the heart of so rare a perfon.' You made me happy as long as you was so
After a long conflict of tenderness and ge- yourself; it is now just I mould bear a part nerosity between my dear girl and me, with you in your misfortunes.' • What think you to do at laft ?' said my • Well then,' said I,ʻ you mall share them
You either must,' answered with me, if you can; but do you know to fe,' endeavour to appease his creditors with what perils you will expose yourself by followthat fum, or he must take it with him, and ing me? My resolution is taken. I am going retire into some place of safety. I shall die, to quit France, and even Europe. An old if he leaves me, but I will not ask him to friend of my father has had a private confetake me along with him; that would be em rence with me. He counselled me to pass in barrassing him too much How can you to America, and gave me letters of recommenthink fo?" said I to her. No, nothing but dation to get some employment there. Can death can feparate us; this is the just claim you undertake such a voyage? Will the cliof your friendship for having food the test mate agree with you? Why should you baof my misfortunes.'
nish yourself from your country to encounter My friend interrupted us again to tell us with me the dangers of a long navigation ? ke was of opinion I should secrete myself , I know no other danger, replied Me, than
friend to us.