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flected much on the obscurity in which my n of the highest rank, who took particular birth was enveloped; I never heard my care I should receive a good education, and parents mentioned, neither did Madame who always shewed me the affection of a Depreval speak of her relatives. Her mother. Nature most unfortunately had only visitors were a few gentlemen, 'more endowed me with beauty, and the son of distinguished on account of their wit or my benefactress soon became but too sen. talents than of their rank; she neither re sible of it. Young, violent, accustomed to ceived nor paid visits to any of her own pleasure, he forgot that I was under the sex, at least when I was in company with protection of his mother, and thought it no her. I made a thousand conjectures, but difficult matter to rauk me among his nunever dared to venture one single question. merous conquests. His wonted levity seLong since I had observed that some few cured me, no doubt, against the misfortune words which I uttered at random produced of loving a man to whom I could not be a disagreeable effect upon Madame Depre- united; but also perhaps he was the only val, and without occasioning her the least one whom I could ever love, for I must ill humour, nevertheless increased her ha- affirm, that, with the exception of some bitual sadness. I had made it a law to act looks which I involuntarily cast upon with the utınost discretion, before I could the Prince prior to his having spoken to me surmise from what motive I was bound to of his love, no other man ever fixed my be discreet.
attention. As soon as I attained the age of sixteen, “ Whether through whim and fancy, or Madame Depreval seemed to repose greater that my resistance had given rise to sincere confidence in me; I could perceive that she love within the breast of the youth, he conwished to treat me as friend, and entrust tinually followed me, persecuted me, and me with a secret that laid heavy on her finally made me the proffer of his hand. I mind. I was sensible of her anxiety, and deemed it indispensable to inform my bemade it a duty to conceal from her how nefactress of what I had hitherto taken anxious I felt myself of hearing what she
care to conceal from her, and we agreed might have to say. I could also discover together that I should set off for Paris with easily that her health suffered in conse
one of her sisters who was very partial to quence of her perplexed mind.
The Prince, being apprized of this One morning, as we were conversing plan, became enraged; never did we meet together in a most friendly manner, both | but he shot at me most tremendous looks; our hearts experienced sympathising emo
and once that we happened to pass at a tions in consequence of some caresses which time through the same walk, he told me, she bestowed upon me, and that I repaid in an agony of despair, that since I was from the bottom of my soul. She then determined to make him miserable, he likeclasped me in her arms, and exclaimed, I wise would make me wretched. His looks, “Let there be an end to all secrets, my the tone of his voice, are still present to my Julia; times to come are uncertain, I must recollection--methinks I still see and hear seize the present opportunity, and make him. Merciful heaven! was that the exyour destiny known to you."
pression of love? I had occasionally beThen hastening to proceed, as if
held him more submissive, and of course
apprehensive of not being able to summon forti- | much more dangerous, more to be dreaded. tude enough at a future period, she added,
“ Notwithstanding my regret at leaving “ You are my daughter, my dear Julia, | my benefactress, under a certainty that one and long since, no doubt, your heart has or two years at most would bring me back anticipated this avowal. Ask me no ques
to her, I wished to basten the day of my tions respecting your father; I have pro- departure, which however was postponed mised never to name him, and though I on account of a most shocking occurwere to break my promise, you should de rence. Suffice it for you to know, my dear rive no benefit therefrom.
Julia, that an avaricious hand delivered up “ I am not a Frenchwoman, but was to the Prince the key of my apartment; born in Russia. An orphan from my ear and that I awoke the victim of the passion liest infancy, I was brought up by a person of a man, who, guilty of a crime, begged of
me, in the name of love, to forgive him.-- || child; and when I embraced you for the Cruel man! He' ran away for fear I should first time, I felt that a new career was expire in sight of him.
opening before me, and I engaged hencelol
My cries had brought several of the || forth to live for you alone. domestics into my apartment; some asked “ My benefactress's sister asked me what. what I wanted, others waited in silence for were my intentions, assuring me that she my commands, but I could not utter a syl- || had been ordered to gratify them all. To lable, so confused were my ideas. My || her question I replied, that I wished to benefactress, in the mean time, having for continue in Paris, there to live a retired tunately been apprized of my being indis- life. To this determination she opposed no posed, had the goodness to come to me; I objection. A fortnight after I was conrequested she would dismiss all that were ducted to this house, that had been purpresent, and then my tears and despair in- || chased in my name, and here I found the formed her of the crime of her son.
same domestics that you see at the present “ So violent au agitation brought on a moment. On the day of her departure my fever; I was confined to my bed. Pursuant companion delivered a pocket-book into to the entreaties of my benefactress, I im- | my hands, and said, . If you accept of it,
parted to no one the occasion of my grief: | my sister will be assured that you consent EU
alas! I found it not difficult to obey her; I to fulfil the only condition which she prewould have wished to conceal it from my scribes to the indemnification you have a self. I was not yet recovered, when the right to expect from her. With regard to Prince was ordered to travel, and he was myself, I can only advise you to accept, and
gone to Spain. Released from the appre- || to entrust Mr. Dormeuil with the whole.' - hension of meeting him, I felt strength “ I was less anxious to ascertain the
enough to leave my apartment; I endea contents of the pocket-book, than to know voured to resume my former occupations, upon what terms the gift was granted; I but my
mental contamination, and even the was informed that I must engage never to caresses of my benefactress, were painful to mention the name of my child's father, a
Six weeks only had elapsed, when 1 promise which I made without the least 1
was made acquainted that a transaction of reluctance.' which I was the victim, although no guilt “ Left, as it were, alone in a foreign me
attached to me, should influence the re tropolis, I thought but of you, my dear oli mainder of my days.
I was even forgetful of opening the “ My benefactress, disconsolate as she pocket-book, to know the amount of my was, would have given up the whole of her fortune; indeed, although I had looked
property to comfort me; but what can into it, I could not have formed a true idea its riches remedy the diseases of the mind? || of how much I was worth: I was equally
She offered to fulfil all the wishes I might unacquainted with the value of the differe & form, except one ; for she had entered into | ent coins, and with the extent of my ex
an engagement with regard to her son, | pences. I was afraid of going to Mr. Dor. ff which her ambitious views would not allow meuil's; but his lady had the goodness to bet her to break. You will be astonished at come and pay me a visit.
me, perhaps, my dear Julia, when I shall “ Mr. Dormeuil was at that time an
tell you that I should have preferred death | opulent banker, upon whom the sister of it to the hand of a man whose conduct I ab- || my benefactress had taken letters of credit;
horred; I only requested to be allowed to I had seen him several times already, and d leave Russia for ever, and it was accord- had always found him equally polite, hohi ingly settled that I should set off with my nest, and obliging. e benefactress's sister, to whom the circum “ Mrs. Dormeuil one day reproached me
stance of my misfortune was made known. with neglecting her: she confessed to me
“ In company with that lady I reached her being informed of my situation; neither Paris, under the name of Depreval, a widow. did she conceal from me that to her care I up
I could speak French well enough not to was obliged for having procured me a be obliged to tell what country I was born house, my servants, in short, all the ac.
came into the world, my dear \l commodations which I was so pleased with.
Come, and breakfast with me to-morrow,' “ Listen to me now with great attention, added she: “you are richer than you ima- | my dearest Julia. I am hardly double your gine; but you stand in need of an agent, | age, yet I dare not flatter myself; I am and my husband will undertake with plea- nearer the term of my dissolution than you sure to discharge that office. Your fortune | may imagine. If heaven should take me would be soon reduced, if attention were from this world, what would become of not paid to increase it. Believe me, Madam, | you? it is therefore incumbent upon me to Mr. Dormeuil, whilst managing your pe- || look out for a family that will adopt you. cuniary concerns, will less adhere to the || Your birth prohibits such pretensions as directions he has received, than in confor- | your fortune might entitle you to, but gramity to the sentinients with which you titude, perhaps, points out to us the use we have inspired us.'
are to make of that property. Mr. Dor“ I thanked her for her kindness, and | meuil has left an only son, who is possessed accepted her invitation. I delivered into of every qualification that can make a man Mr. Dormeuil's hands the whole of my | agreeable: his mother, my only friend, is property, which he told me amounted to acquainted with every circumstance contwo hundred thousand francs. This money | cerning me; we lie under great obligahe worked as he thought proper; I signed tions to her deceased husband: let his son whatever vouchers he presented to me, and become yours, and we shall at once disreceived from him one thousand francs charge several duties. Three days hence I monthly.
shall introduce you to Madame Dormeuil; “ From what I am going to relate, my you shall see her son, and let me know dear Julia, you will be able to judge whe-candidly what you think of him. Fórget ther any man ever deserved more to be not that I wish for your happiness alone, confided in, and whether I can do too much and that I should act contrary to my own for his widow.
inclination were I to address you in any « Six months ago Mr. Dormeuil, in con other language than that of true friendsequence of some repeated heavy losses || ship." which he had sustained, thought it advise In the above manner was I made acable to call a meeting of his creditors. Not | quainted with the secret of my birth. It fully satisfied that he could honour all their would be impossible for me, my dear child, demands, he called upon me, apprised me to describe the effect produced upon me by of his embarrassed circumstances, and thus || that confidence, which could nevertheless addressed me: “My first care is to save you add nothing to my affection for Madame from ruin; therefore I shall never consider i Depreval; it was so easy a thing to love you merely as one of my creditors. You | her, that it did not even require being oblighave hitherto been so successful in all your ed to her to prefer her to all other women. speculations, that, besides the monies which || My ideas were fixed upon the apprehension you have already received, the original sum of losing her, and the solitude in which I which you entrusted to my care and ma should find myself in case that misfortune nagement for now fifteen years has nearly should befal me as speedily as it appeared doubled. Withdraw it, Madam, whilst it inevitable: in the mean time I could reflect is yet time, and place it so as to secure but with grief and terror on the necessity yourself against future events.' I requested of uniting my destiny to a man whom I of him to keep the money for his own use knew so little of. My heart had already and purposes, which proposal he refused. made a choice, or rather, my imagination He soon after settled his affairs, paid the had been dreaming; but is there any meanwhole amount of his debts, but had so very ling in the first dream of an imagination of little left to live upon that he soon died sixteen? broken-hearted.
(To be continued.)
THE NEW SYSTEM OF BOTANY;
F; la hart ake 1
We are now arrived at, perhaps, the are actually shut up within the fruit, most interesting, at least, certainly the so that the fruit itself must be dissected, or most curious division of the kingdom of at least pierced, to get at them: an opera. vegetable nature; a division which the tion which nature has caused to be perimmortal Swedish botanist has ranked as formed by small insects, which, after feedCRYPTOGAMIA,
ing upon the male flowers, proceed to the
fruit-buds on the female species, and there including the whole tribe of Mosses, Fungi, | deposit the pollen which they have rubbed Lichens, Ferns, &c.—and the investigation off from the anthers of the other species. of which will lead us to the most recondite, So necessary is this operation in the culture and, at the same time, amusing researches of the fig, that it is artificially done by the into the first efforts of nature to fulfil the Spanish and Italian peasants, with as much behest of a wise and bounteous Provi
care and attention as an English gardener dence.
attends to the grafting of his most curious In this research, though we shall particu- specimens. larise each distinct species, yet it will tend It has been attempted to get over this much to the edification and amusement of difficulty in nomenclature, but not successour fair readers to generalise upon the va fully, inasmuch as the want of anthers was rious secrets of these productions of a adopted for the distinction; but as that is “clandestine marriage :” for such is the the case with some other plants, the same literal translation of the term Cryptogamia, objection holds good against it. derived from the Greek words cryptos, con This, indeed, may be considered as a part cealed, and game, which signifies marriage of the subject not exactly fit for female inthus united and adopted because the parts vestigation: we shall therefore merely add, and properties of fertility are less evident that the most elaborate research has yet than in the other offerings of Flora to the only ascertained the sexual distinctions of scientific botanist.
a few of the class; but on a mature investi. It is true that, to a casual observer, the || gation of the external conformation and species now under consideration may ap the correspondence of the most obvious pear too contemptible for notice; but then parts of each, it will be found that the it must be recollected, that things appa- || cryptogamous plants constitute several narently the most trivial are alike the work
tural orders or families, which are mutually of an Almighty hand; and surely Christian related to each other, and approach more observers will not deny that meed of admi
or less to other families of plants, called ration which a Heathen philosopher has Phænogamous. already paid to Almighty power, when he Simple and trivial as, at first glance, said, that “ Nature never appears more
appears the subject of our present research, perfect and wonderful than in her mi- || yet our immortal Avonian Bard thought it nutest works." If the truth of such a
not beneath his notice, when he so sweetly position could for a moment be doubted, introduces it as one of the ornaments which still we trust that a candid perusal of the !! the birds would bring to Fidele's sad following lectures will tend to confirm its
-The ruddock would,
With charitable bill (Oh, bill sore shaming
To winter ground thy corse.” order, might be arranged under this definition, such as some of the grasses, and even This allusion to the obituary piety of the so large a tree as the fig, whose flowers || red-breast cannot, surely, be excelled for No. 60.--Vol. X.
sweetness; but as botany in Shakespeare's is to the curious eye the most palpable affinidays was but in its infancy, we must refer, ties amongst these remarkable assemblages for more scientific allusion, to the lines of of plants. the poet of the Derwent, who, in speaking This writer adds, that most of the crypof the first efforts of vernal nature in togamous plants agree in one particular Alpine situations, exclaims most energeti circumstance, that whilst they are destitute cally :
of any distinctly developed organs of fruce “There, as old Winter ilaps his boary wing, tification, their propagation is most effected And, lingering, leaves his empire to the Spring, by elongation, buds, tubers, and other kinds Pierc'd with quick shafts of silver shooting light, l of roots, than by dissemination. Fly in dark troops the dazzled imps of night, Still must it be remembered, that not Awake, my love! enamoured Muschus cries,
only the mosses, but also the ferns, are Stretch thy fuir limbs, refulgent maid arise ;
provided with true seeds, which, whether Ope thy sweet eye-lids to the rising ray,
spread by nature's bounty, or artificially And hail, with ruby lips, returning day."
cultivated by men, will always germinate In addition to this Dr. Darwiu observes, like more perfect plants. that the species of
It was, indeed, formerly supposed that
the mosses were only excrescences, proMUSCHUS,
duced from the earth, or from trees, though called the Coral Moss, vegetates beneath
now well ascertained to be no less perfect the surface of the snow in 'northern re
as plants than productions of vegetable nagions, where the degree of heat is always | ture of greater magnitude. about forty, or in the middle between the
Long, however, before they were noticed freezing point and the common heat of the
by Linnæus, that expert and judicious earth. It thus serves for many months as
botanist, Dillenius, had examined and dethe sole food of the rein deer, who dig | scribed them accurately; so that little more furrows in the snow to find it.
was left to the Swedish botanist than to Darwin's observation drawn from this is no less just than curious, when he says, || in the second order of his twenty-fourth
arrange the species as Cryptogamia Musci that as the milk and flesh of the rein deer || class, and to give them specific characters, form almost the only sustenance which can
which he did by dividing them into three be procured during the long winters of the || kinds, as having no calyptre or veil, having higher latitudes, so this moss may be said
males and females separate, or having the to support some millions of mankind!
males and females on the same plant. It is an ancient but very correct obser
Since his time great light has been vation, that in all parts of nature the 'gra- | thrown upon this branch of botany by dations are so minute from species to | Hedwig, as well as by Sprengel and others; species, and so interwoven in the varieties of whose discoveries, at least the most in. of each, that it is almost impossible to teresting parts of them, we shall not fail to ascertain where one begins or where an. avail ourselves. other ends. In conformity with this, we It is worthy of notice that the production see that the Ferns bear a strong affinity to of these plants by germination is of much the Palms, whilst the latter have but very rarer occurrence than their propagation by little affinity with others of the cryptoga- lateral elongation : in fact, as we shall soon mous class : again, the Mosses resemble have occasion to shew, the whole structure some species of Saxifrage ; and, indeed, | of these species is evidently calculated for there are several polar plants which by a the latter mode of reproduction ; so that, by careless observer might be mistaken for means of this mode of propagation (a mode
so universal that even the Cryptogamous An accurate investigator of this branch || Aquatics partake of it), this whole vegeof botany avers that mosses, by means of tabie family shews some degree of affinity particular species, unite with the Hepatica, to the Zoophytes, the first stage in animal which latter again unite with the Lichens ; || creation. whilst these again, iu one species, partake In short, it is asserted, both by De Sausof the nature of the Fungi : thus affording | sure and by Vauchor, the Genevese philo.