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-have made their soft tour round the company, she makes no stay on him, they fay she is to marry, but rests two seconds of a minute on Wildair, who neither looks nor thinks on her, or any woman else. However, Cynibio had a bow from her the other day, upon which he is very math come to himself; and I heard him send his man of an errand yesterday, without any manner of hesitation; a quarter of an hour after which he recfc-oned twenty, remembered he was to sup with a friend, and went exactly to his appointment. I sent to know low he did this morning, and I sind that he hath not forgot that be spoke to me yesterday.
Will's Coffee house, April to.
This week being facred to holy things, and no pnb4ic diversions allowed, there has been taken notice of 'even here, a little Treatise, called "A Project for the ** advancement of Religion: dedicated to the Countess ** of Berkeley:" The title was so uncommon, and .promised so peculiar a way of thinking, that every man here has read it, and as many as have done so, have approved it. It is written with the spirit of one who has seen the world enough to undervalue it with <Jood-breeding. The Author must certainly be a matt of wisdom as well as piety, and have spent much time in the Exercise of both. The real causes of the decay -of the interest of Religion are set forth in a clear and Jively manner, without unseasonable passions; and the -whole air of the Book, as to the language, tjie sentiments, and the reasonings, shews it was written by one whose virtue sits easy about him, and to whom vice is thoroughly contemptible. It was faid by one of this company, alluding to that knowledge of the world the Author seems to have, the man writes much like a Gen« tleman, and goes to heaven with a very good mien.
St. James* Coffee-hodV, April to.
Letters from Italy fay, that the Maiquis it Prie, upon the receipt of an express from the Court of Vienna, went immediately to the palace of Paulucei, Minister of State to
Vol. I. C his his Holiness, and demanded, in the name of his Imperial Majesty, that King Charles should sorthwith be acknowledged King of Spain, by a solemn act os the congregation of Cardinals appointed sor that purpose: He declared at the fame time, that if the least hesitation were made in this most important article of the late treaty, he should not only be obliged to leave Rome himself, but also transmit-his master's orders to the Imperial troops to face about, and return into the ecclesiastical dominions. When the Cardinal reported this message to the Pope, his Holiness was struck with so sensible an affliction, that he burst into tears : His sorrow was aggravated by letters which immediately after arrived from the Court of Madrid, wherein his Nuncio acquainted him, that upon the news of his accomodaticn with the Emperor, he had received a message to sorbear coming to Court; and the people were so highly provoked, that they could hardly be restrained from insulting his palace. These letters add, that the King of Denmark was gone from Florence to Pisa, and from Pisa to Leghorn, where the Governor paid his Majesty all imaginable honours. The King designed to go from thence to Lucca, where a magnisicent tournament was prepared sor his diversion. An EngHJk man of war which came from Port-Mahon to Leghorn in six days, brought advice, that'the fleet, commanded by Admiral Whitaker, was fasely arrived at Barcelona, with the troops and ammunitiwn which he had taken in at Naples.
General Boneval, Governor of Commachio, had summoned the magistrates of all ths towns near that place to appear besore him, and take an oath of sidelity to his Imperial Majesty, commanding also the gentry to pay him homage, on pain of death and consiscation'of goeds. Advices from Switzerland insorm us, that the Bankers of Geneva were utterly ruined by the failure of Mr. Bernard. They add, that the Deputies of the Swiss Cantons were returned from Soleure, where they were assembled at the instance of the French Ambassador, but were very much dissatissied with the reception they had from that Minister. It is true he omitted no civilities or expressions of friendship from his master, but he took no aoiice of their pensions and arrears: What surther provoked their indignation was, that instead of twenty-sive pistoles, sormerly allowed to each member for their charge in coming to the Diet, he had presented them with six only. They write from Dresden, that King Augustus was still busy in recruiting his cavalry, and that the Danijh troops that lately served in Hungary, had orders to be in Saxony by the middle of May ; " and that his Majesty of Denmark was expected at Dresden in the beginning ot' that month. King Augustus makes great preparations for his reception, and has appointed sixty coaches, each drawn by six horses, sor that purpose: The interview of these Princes affords great matter sor speculation. Letters from Paris of the twenty-second os this month fay, that Marshal Harcourt and the Duke of Berwick were preparing to go into Alsace and Daupbine, but that their troops were in want of all manner of necessaries. The Court of France had received advices from Madrid, that on the seventh 'of this month the States of Spain had with much magnisicence acknowledged the Prince of Asturias presumptive heir to the Crown. This was persormed at Buen-Retiro; the Deputies took the oaths on that occasion-from the hands of Cardinal Portocarrero. These advices add, that it was signisied to the Pope's Nuncio by order of Coun'cil, to depart from that Court in twenty-sour lours, and that a guard was accordingly appointed to conduct him to Bayonne.
Letters from the Hague of the twenty-sixth instant inform us, that Prince Eugene was to set out the next day sor Brussels, to put all things in a readiness for opening the campaign. They add, that the grand Pensioner having reported to the Duke of Marlborough what passed in the last conserence with Mr. Rouille, his Grace had taken a resolution immediately to return to Great-Britain, to communicate to her Majesty all that has bee» tranfacted in that important affair.
From my own Apartment, April 20.
The nature of my miscellaneous work is such, that I shall always take the liberty to tell sor News such things (let them have happened never so much besore the time
C 2 ef of writing) as have escaped public notice, or have been misrepresented to the world; provided that 1 am still within rules, and trespass not as a I atler any farther than in an incorrectness of stile, and writing in an air of common speech. Thus, if any thing that is faid, even of old Anchises or Æneas, be set by me in a disserent light than has hitherto been hit upon, in order to inspire the love and admiration of worthy actions, you will, gentle reader, I hope, accept of it sor intelligence you had not before. But I am going upon a narrative, the matter of which I know to be true: It is not only doing justice to the deceased merit of such persons, as, had they lived, would not have had it in their power to thank me, but also an instance of the greatness.of spirit in the lowest of her Majesty's subjects. Take it as sollows:
At the siege of Namur by the Allies, there were in the ranks of the company commanded by Captain Pincent, in Colonel Frederick Hamilton's, Tegiment, one Unnion a corporal, and one Valentine a private centinel: There happened between those two men a dispute about a matter of Love, which, upon some aggravatipns, grew to an irreconcileable hatred. Unnion being the officer of Valentine, took all opportunities even to strike his rival, and prosess the spite and revenge which moved him to it. The centinel bore it without resistance; but frequently said, he would die to be revenged of that tyrant. They had spent whole months thus, one injuring, the other compjaining; when in the midst of this rage towards each other, they were commanded upon the attack of the castle, where the corporal received a shot in the thigh, and sell; the French pressing on, and he expecting to be trampled to death, called out to his enemy, Ah, Valentine! can you leave me here? Valentine immediately ran back, and in the midst of a thick sire of the French took the corporal upon his back, and brought him through all that danger as far as the Abbey of Salfine, where a cannon ball took off his head: His body sell under his enemy whom he was carrying off. Unnion immediately sorgot his wound, rose up, tearing his hair, and then threw himself upon the bleeding carcass, crying, ah, Valentine! was it sor me who have so barbarously used thee, that thou hast died? I will not live
after thee. He fyas not by any means to be forced from the body, but was removed with it bleeding in his arms, and attended with tears by all their comrades who knew their enmity. When he was brought to a tent, his wounds were dressed by force; but the next day still calling upon Valentine, and lamenting his cruelties to him, he died in the pangs of remorse and despair.
It may be a question among men of noble sentiments, whether of these unfortunate persons had the greater Soul ? he that was so generous as to venture his lise for his enemy, or he who could not survive the man that died* in laving upon him such an obligation?
When we see spirits like these in a people, to what heights may we not suppose their glory may rise? but (as it is excellently observed in SaBuft) it is not only hi the general bent of a nation that great revolutions are owing, but to the extraordinary genio's that led them. On which occasion he proceeds to fay, that the Roman greatness was neither to be attributed to their superior policy ; for in that the Carthaginians excelled ; nor to their valoui, for in that the French were preserable; hor to particular men, who were horn for the good of tlui country, and formed for great attempts. This he fax 5 to introduce the characters of Casar and Cala. it would be entering into too weighty a discourse for this place, if I attempted to shew, that our nation has produced as great ar.d able men for public affairs as anv other. But I believe the reader outruns me, and sixes his imagination upon the Duke of Marlborough. It is, methinks, a pleasing reflection to consider the dispensations of providence in the fortune of this illustrious man, who, in the space of forty years, has passed through all the gradations of human lise, until he has ascended to the character of a Prince, and become the scourge of a tyrant, who fat in one of the greatest thrones in Europe, before the man who was to have the greatest part in bis downfal, had made one step into the world. But such elevations are the natural consequences of an exact prudence, a calm conrage, a well governed temper, a patient ambition, and an affable behaviour. These arts, as they were the steps to his greatness, so they are th« pillars cf it now it is raised. To this, her glorions son, C 3 Great