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gree, that fort of attentive politeness which tween him and his parents, which had either mult ever please, as it puts us in good hu- displeased or vexed him?' He answered : mour with ourselves, and generally gives us « Yes, my dear, that covetous old fellow, a high opinion of the person who has thus my father, was born to plague me; I can played upon our vanity. I have made it get him to do nothing more for us, than he an observation, through life, that few people did for me before I was married, and even smile always, unless it be in order to hide that only at pleasure. However, I am to fome strong affection of the mind, which give him a list of my debts, and he has prothey are afraid the world should read in their mised to pay them. Dhim, why could faces; it is a kind of malk, which they put on not he have lumped them, and given me the to conceal fome known defect of the heart; , sum total, with ut plaguing me with recoland it frequently succeeds, because the world lecting, and setting tnem down upon paper ; in general judge from exteriors alone. But An old mechanical hunks, he wants to crito return to my narration :

ticise every article, and so collect matter eA fervant came and told us, that dinner nough to scold upon, for the rest of his life.' was served ; my father-in-law gave me his I diù not attempt to interrupt the course of hand, and let me down stairs : The conver- his ill-humour, j dging it better to let it fation, whilft we were at table, was chear, have its full vent'; so, after he had thoroughful enough; Mr. Smith told us the news of ly tired himself and me, with abusing his fathe day, and the Malter ard Miftress of the ther, he reassumed his good-nature, and, house talked on various indifferent topics. Ifmiling, said: Well, Charlotte, never found, by her discourse, that the old Lady mind, he cannot live always ; fo, patience. had an open, gencrous, benevolent heart; I will go to-morrow (continued he) and and no-body judged' more accurately than look out for a house ; I don't like lodgings. The did on any lubject; she was good. Whereabouts would you chuse to live, my natured, and had a inanner of seizing ridi- dear?' I aniwered, “Wherever it was mott cule which fewed the vivacity of her ima- agreeable to him; (adding) that I had no gination. Such as I have here painted her, choice, since a desart would be delightful to in spite of the rough manner in which the me, so he was but present.' He thanked hid treated me, I could not help feeling me for the compliment I paid him with visomething like an affection for her, before vacity, and said every thing which a wellthe day was over. It must be observed, bred man may be supposed to have said upon however, that she had intirely altered her be- the occasion. I ventured, however, to obhaviour to me after the firit half-hour; the ferve, “ That, though a house was certainly now seemed to look upon me with a sort of preferable to a lodging, yet it could be of no tender regard, which touched my heart, and use to us, unless we had the means of furlaid me a ain open to sensibility.

nishing it.' He started, and replied, Faith, Before I took my leave of my father and I never thought of that.' But, my dear, mother-in-law, I alked, in the most pathetic continued he, I have a house already; it is, terms, their permission for my husband to indeed, in a part of the town which you wait upon them. The old Lady replied, won't like, nor can live in ; but, perhaps, • Yes, yes, my dear, George may come, you inay find some of the furniture not unwhenever he pleases.' His father said: useful, and we can sell the rest.' I easily

Daughter, if his marrying of you had been understood, that this had been a house in his first offence, I could very easily have which he had kept his favourite Ladies ; pardoned him ; but, indeed, I am sorry to therefore I avoided making any inquiries, lay it, he is a worthless young fellow; and, which could in the lealt embarrass him. if I dlo see him, it will be for your sake, The next morning Mr. Williams went Madam, and not for his own. I leized his out, as he said, to look for a house, and my hand, and killed it with tears of thanks. mother-in-law came to make me a visit: She My mother obligingly set me down at my talked to me in the most friendly and affecown door in her coach; I could not prevail tionate manner, and delired, I would give with her to walk up stairs ; ine delired I her leave to introduce me to my husband's would send her son the next morning, to lee relations.' She named the day for our beher and his father.

ginning the round of visits. I found iny husband at home, and re A few days after I had been presented to counted every thing in order to him as it my new relations, and very politely received happened The next day, at noon, he went by them, as I was titting alone one morning, to dine at his father's ; he did not return till ny footman brought me a letter, which conevening, when I thought he looked much tained a bank bill of five hundred pounds, out of humour. I aiķut him, with an an with these words : xious concern, “If any thing had pafcd be • Madain, I have sent you the inclosed

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Heti gazed at her with the utmost delight : She of his debts; he has two reasons for this re11,8* my attention to indifferent cbjects, wishing of them ; and the next is, that he wants me

bill, because I apprehend you may want dissipated our tender melancholy. He was money, your husband being too prudent to delighted to see Sophie. She told us, " That keep much by him at a time ; take it with- ny friends were pleased to hear, that his out hesitation, as it comes from a relation of were reconciled to us.' I afked Sophie, ' If your own, and may you be as happy as my the knew any thing of my father or uncle's withes would make you, did it depend on having wrote to me?' She said, “ No ; and me.'

The dared to say, that they had not.' I put In a postscript were those words : this question to her when Mr. Williams

• Keep this money yourself; be advised, was gone out of the room : See stayed with don't give it your hulband ; you may one me till eleven. When the coach came for day want it more than you do now.' her, I desired her to give my respectful duty

I could not decide, after the most mature to my parents ; she promised that I should confideration, whether this acceptable pre foon see her again, and then wiihed me a fent came from my father, or my uncle ; but good night. I was certain that I owed it to one of them; The next day, I went to see a house in a tear of gratitude and conuition fell from Square ; I liked it much. Mr. my eye, do recolle&ting the worth of those Williams took a lease of it for seven years, friends my ill conduct had robbed me of. and then ordered his furniture to be removed Oh conscience ! how keen are thy reproaches into it, which, when done, I went to exato a mind warped from virtue, but not funk mine. I found it rich, but much foiled ; in vice ! I could not, however, bring myself the Glk damalk I ordered to be cleaned ; the to comply with the admonition given me in chairs, beds, &c. were good ; there was the letter : I thought it wrong to conceal any no kitchen furniture, nor any linen. He thing from my husband, and basely ungene told me, that he had had a good quantity of rous to share his fortune, and not to make the latter, and he fancied he could get it ahim partaker of mine ; on the contrary, my gain ; I never asked by what means; and, heart exulted in the thought of having it in in about a week's time, a porter brought to my power to make him to welconie a pre our lodgings a large bundle of dirty hou hold fent. This day was one of the few lucky lirten, which, upon examination, was new, ones which fortune had, with a miser's hand, but had been very ill used; no part of it allotted to my thue ; for, whilft I was en- had ever been hemmed, and it was cut and joying the thought of agreeably surprising stained in many places ; however, with my husband, with my treasure, Sophie, my proper management, I hope to make it dear Sophie, entered the room, and, in á both good and useful. I ealily guessed, chat moment, was round my neck. We neither these things had been fetched out of pawn, of us spoke for fome feconds; foods of tears and fo, it seems, they were ; for my huschoked the passage of our words ; when, at band told me fo, on his return home, but did. läst, she fell on her knees, holding one of my not tell me who had disposed of them in that hands between her's, which kisling with manner, nor did I inquire. Mr. Williams's ardor, the faid, Charlotte, I am come to mother made us a prefent of fore useful pals the day with you ; my father has given china, and his father gave us as much plate ine leave to order the coach at eleven o'clock.' as was necessary for our small family; thus - Good God! I exclaimed, can he be so we found ourselves settled in our house, al. forgiving to his unworthy child !' I could most without any actual expence on our part.. fay no more ; gratitude, filial tenderness, One day, when I was alone with my faand conscious demerit, all rushed fo precipi. ther-in-law, he began abusing his son in the tately upon my senses, that I fainted away. most indecent manner, called him an extraSophie Hew to my aid, and, with the help of vagant, debauched villain ; he then told me my maid, brought me to myself. A torrent how often he had paid his debts, and to what of tears, which succeeded, calmed my spirits amount; they were, indeed, by his account, enough for me to tell any fifter (as far as very confiderable : He added, and now, words could do the joy I felt, on leeing her though I offer once more to clear him with again. I strained her to my breast, and the world, he will not give me in a fair lift looked at me, with eyes full of the tenderdt fufal, (continued the old Gentleman ;) the pity and affection ; and endeavoured to draw one is, because he is afhained of the nature

sensibility, in favour to give him the sum total of what , nels and gaiety. She fucceeded but auk. that he may put the money in his pocket, and wardly in her attempt, till Mr. Williams not pay one of his creditors a farthing out çame lume, when his vivacity and laumour of it ; he has served me fo before, says he,

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fo I shall take care how I trust him for the assured her, " That, though I did not think future.' Here he pausel. I could make my power to be fo absolute as she seemed s no answer to this cruel harangue, but by a think it, yet I would use all the ascenhigh! He looked at me, and, feeing forrow dancy I had over him, to engage him to ad painted in my countenance, he said, "Yes, prudently; and this both for my own sake, as child, you have realon enough to ligh, for well as for the respect and love I bore is having fung yourself away, in spite of your him and his parents.' - Make him, then parents care of you, upon such a worthless (The replied) bring in an honest list of his fellow as George is; and, you may depend debts to his father, no matter of what nature upon it, that, whenever he grows tired of they are, and then all will go well,' I pro, you, (which he would do, in a short time, mised to use my endeavours to that effect, of Venus herself) he will infallibly leave and so we parted.' you to beggary and misery, whilst he On my return home, Mr. Williams asked pursues new pleasures.'. At this prophecy me, What conversation I had had at my (for it really was one) I could reltrain my father's?' I repeated to him what his mother tears no longer ; I begged of him to sparé had said, but suppressed the abusive part of my fenfibility, and to think more favourably his father's discourse. He started from his of his fon : But he silenced me, by saying, chair, and, with an air of paffion, said, • Daughter, I know him much better than "Well, my dear, for your fake, and pot to you do ; and have thought proper to let you oblige them, I will give an account of what a little into his real character, out of pity to I owe; but it is such a trifle that it would your youth and inexperience.'

make a man mad to fee what a bustle they Thus this cruel old inan, under a pretence make about it ; the whole don't amount to of compassion and benevolence, had, in 3 three thousand pounds.' I was surprised at great measure, robbed my breast of peace, the largeness of the fum, especially when I and filled my mind with fufpicion and terror. considered his youth, and that his father had From his study I went into his wife's dies already paid his debts twice. However, at fing-room : On my entrance the asked me, last, the affair was settled amicably enough with concern, If I was not well ?" I told between them, but not before the old man her, “That I was just come from having a had made his son swear folemnly, that the conversation with my father-in-law, which account he had given in was a just one. had given me unutterable pain ; ' I then nar I now turned all my attention towards the rated it to her. She coloured, and, with attaining domestic happiness ; we saw a great great heat, replied, “Mr. Williams is a deal of company ; I sometimes went into fool, child, to talk to you in that inanner, public, but rarely. Mr. Williams was aland fo I shall tell him ; betides, he lyes, ways gay, well-bred, and good-humoured ; (these were her words ;) for George has been he was, however, a good deal from home, a rake, it is true; but I can tell him, that he and very often stayed out extremely late. I is a very honest fellow, as well as a very pret never enquired where he had been, and alty Gentleman; and, as he loves you to dif- ways welcomed him with a smile of complatraction, which I perceive he does, it is in cency; and was well convinced, that reyour power not only to reforın him, but to proaches and four looks will never keep a make what you will of him ; so all his fu- man at home, when chearfulness and good-neture conduct, whether good or ill, I fhail lay ture cannot do it. A perseverance in the to your charge ; for, I am convinced that latter conduct has, I believe, reclaimed fome you can lead him, with a fine thread, which libertines; but I never knew a practice of way you please.' I trembled at this positive the former productive of any good. I he allertion, as I knew the character of my mo man who comes home, only because he is ather-in-law was, that, whenever the adopted fraid of being fcolded when he stays out, is an opinion, however absurd or unjust it no companion for a sentimental mind. might be, the never departed from it. I' [To be finished in our supplement. ]

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THUS affairs went on very unsuccit- Duke Schomberg, finding his advice had ful in Portugal, so that it was thought, if not that weight it deserved with the Portu. the Duke of Berwick had followed his ad guese, „was delirous to quit a losing game. vantages, nothing could have hindered his Upon which, the Queen resolved to helios marching to Lisbon. The enemies fucceis the command of her forces in Portugal on gave no imali uneasiness in England, and the Earl of Galway; who having recepred

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of it, more in fubmission to the Queen's fequadron of twenty French ships, and lay Command than out of any great prospect or long in the bay, trying what could be dona hope of success, represented the necessity of by lea, while the place was pressed by land, augmenting the forces and the train of artil- Upon that, a much stronger fquadron was lery. All his demands were readily com fent froni Lilbon under the command of Sir plied with, and four thousand men ordered John Leake and Rear-adınirai Vander-Dufto be sent to Portugal from England and fén, to relieve the place, and raise the siege, Ireland, the States-general having agreed to who arrived in the bay of Gibraltar on the send thither a proportionable number of 9th of October. In the mean while, Martheir forces. The Earl, having embarked at inal de Tesle, who was sent by the Court Portsmouth on board the Tartar man of of France, which was dissatisfied with the war, with several French engineers and vo conduct of the Mirquis de Villa Jarias, had lunteers, in eight days failing safely arrived no better fuccess at land than that General; ac Lisbon, where Duke Schomberg re so that the enemy was at lait obliged to raife figned to him the command of the English

the liege: forces. About a month after, [July 30, In Italy the D. of Savoy had a melancholy 1304) the Earl, having reviewed the Portu- campaign, lofing place after place ; but he guese and auxiliary forces, marched them fupported his attairs with great conduct, and over the little river Coa, and incamped near Thewed a firmnels in his misfortunes, beyond Almeida. On the 20th of September, the what could have been imagined. Vercelli two Kings of Spain and Portugal came to and Ivrea gave the Duke of Vendosime the the army with design to invade Castile ; trouble of a tedious siege : They defended but, when they reached the river Agueda, themselves againit him as long as possiblc. which they intended to pass near Cartel-Ro- The Duke of Savoy's army was not strong drigo, they found the opposite banks fo well enough to raise these fieges; so that both guarded by the Spaniards, commanded by places fell at last into the enemy's hands. the Duke of Berwick, that they did not The French had not troops both to carry on think it adviseable to hazard the loss of their the war, and to leave garrisons in those whole army; and so, retiring farther into places ; for which reason they demolished the the territories of Portugal, they sent their fortifications. After they had succeeded fo troops into winter-quarters. On the other far, they sat down before Verue in the end hand, the Spaniards were so weakened by of October. The Duke of Savoy posted the detachments sent under the command of his army at Crescentino, over-against it, on the Marquis de Villadarias, to attempt the the other fide of the Po : He had a bridge of retaking of Gibraltar, that they were con communication ; he went often into the tented to defend their own country, and had place during the fiege, to see and animate no thoughts of invading Portugal ; so that his men, and to give the necessary orders. things were quiet on those frontiers all the The sick and wounded were carried away, feinaining part of the year.

and frelh men put in their stead. This The Spaniards had drawn all the forces fiege proved the most famous of all that had they had in Andalusia and Extremadura to- been during the late war : It látted above gether, to retake Gibraltar; and the Mar- five months, the garrison being often changed quis de Villadarias had with him some and always well supplied. The French French troops, with some engineers of that army fufered much, by continuing the nation, who were chiefly relied on, and hege all the winter ; and they were at a vast were sent from France to carry on the lege. charge in carrying it on. The bridge of This gave some dilgust to the Spaniards, communication was, after many unsucceffwho were so absurd in their pride, that, ful attempts, at last cut off; and the Duke though they could do nothing for themselves, of Savoy, being thus separated from the and indeed knew not how to set about it, place, retired to Chivaz, and left them ta yet could not bear to be taught by others, or defend themselves as long as they could, to see themselves outdone by them. The which they did beyond what could in reason fiege was continued for four months, during have been expected. He complained much which time the Prince of Heffe had many of the Emperor's failing to make good his occasions given him to distinguish himself proinises; but, in a discourse upon that fubvery eminently, both as to his courage, con- ject with her Majesty's Envoy, he said, duét, and indefatigable application. Con- though he was abandoned by his allies, the voys came frequently from Lisbon with fup- would not abandon them himielf. plies of men and provisions, which the The people of the Cevennes fuFored much French were not able to hinder or intercept. this fummer. It was not possible to come Montieur de Pointis ar lift cards with a to them withi fupplies, till nuttets fhould go

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better in Piedmont, of which there was no privileges.-Granted on condition they take prospect. They were advised to preserve the oath of allegiance to the King, themselves the best they could. Marthal IV. That the Parliament of Languedoc Villars was sent into the country to manage thall be establihed on its ancient foot, and them with a gentler hand; and, the severe reitored to its privileges. The King will methods, taken by those formerly employed, advise. being now disowned, he was ordered to V. That no capitation-tax shall be paid treat with their Leaders, and to offer them by the province, during the space of ten full liberty to serve God in their own way years.-Refused. without disturbance. They generally in VI. That we shall have the cities of clined to hearken to this, for they had now Montpelier, Cette, Perpignan, and Aiguekept themselves in a body much longer than mortes, as cautionary towns. -Refused. was thought possible in their low and help VII. That the inhabitants of the Cevenless state. Some of them capitulated, and nes, whose houses have been burnt in the took service in the French army; but, as wars, shall pay no iinposts for the term of , they came near the armies of the allies, they years. - Granted.. delerted, and went over to them ; fo that, hy VIII. That out of a body of two thouall this practice, the fire was rather covered fand of those who were actually with Monat present than extinguilhed.

fieur Cavallier, and such as shall be delivered Colonel Cavallier, their principal Leader, out of the several prisons, he shall raise a regiin his Memoirs of the wars of the Cevennes, ment of dragoons to serve in Portugal : And B. IV, tells us, that the whole country was that he hall receive his orders immediately now reduced to a defart, an hundred bo- from the King.--Granted, provided the reroughs and villages plundered and burnt, mainder lay down their arms, that the King the prisons full of Protestants, and the fuc- will permit them to live undisturbed in the cours, which had been promised two years exercise of their religion. before from England, not come, when Mar By virtue of a full power we have received Mal de Villars arrived in the province with from his Majesty, we have granted the fresh troops. The first thing he did after above articles to the Nesv-converts of the his arrival, was to give notice to Cavallier, province of Languedoc. Given at Nismes, that if he would come to any agreement, and the 19th of May 1704. lay down his arms, the Marshal had orders

The Marshal de Villars. from the King to grant all his juft de

Lamoignon de Bosville, mands; but, it Cavallier should refuse, the

J. Cavallier. Protestants should expect no favour. At

Dan. Bilijard. laft, after a conference between the Marshal But whether these articles were ever laid and Cavallier, the latter in conjunction with before the King, or only before his Minifhis friends drew up articles in behalf of the ters, Col. Cavallier was not able to deterProtestants of the Cevennes, which were mine ; but it is certain they were very little figned by the Marshal and Monsieur de observed in favour of the Protestants. Bosville, Intendant of Languedoc, in the The disorders in Hungary had a deeper King's name, on the one part, and by Ca- root and a greater strength. "It was hoped, vallier and his Lieutenant Billiard, on the o that the ruin of the Elector of Bavaria ther; and were as follow :

would have quite disheartened the maleconThe humble request of the Protestants, tents, and have disposed them to accept of in the province of Languedoc, to his Ma- reasonable terms, if the Emperor could have jefty.

been prevailed upon to offer them frankly, Í. That his Majesty be pleased to grant and immediately upon their firft confternation, us liberty of conscience in the province, after the conquest of Bavaria. There were and to hold religious assemblies in such great errors in the government of that king, country-places, as they shall think conve dem. By a long course of oppression and mient, and not in cities or walled towns.- injustice the Hungarians were grown savage Granted, provided they do not build churches. and intractable ; they faw they were boch

II. That all such as are detained in the hated and despised by the Germans. The gallies only on account of religion, since the Court of Vienna seemed to confider them 29 revocation of the edict of Nantes, be set at li- fo many enemies, who were to be depreised berty in fix weeks after the date hereof.. in order to their being extirpated ; upon Granted.

any pretence of plots, their persons were III. That all who have left the kingdom, seized on, and their estates confiscated. The on account of religion, shall have fice liberty Jefuits were believed to have a great fhare to return, and be rehtored to their eftites and in all these congrivances and prosecutions ;

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