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nations, by drinking the health of those whom he come. The length of the road, of which scattered most delighted to honor.

fragments only remain, is variously estimated from “But the most effectual means taken by the fifteen hundred to two thousand miles; and stone incas for communicating with their people, were pillars, in the manner of European milestones, were their progresses through the empire. These were erected at stated intervals of somewhat more than conducted, at intervals of several years, with great a league all along the route. Its breadth scarcely state and magnificence. The sedan, or litter, in exceeded twenty feet. It was built of heavy flags which they travelled, richly emblazoned with gold of freestone, and in some parts, at least, covered and emeralds, was guarded by a numerous escort. with a bituminous cement, which time has made The men who bore it on their shoulders were pro- harder than the stone itself. In some places, where vided by two cities, specially appointed for the the ravines had been filled up with masonry, the purpose. It was a post to be coveted by no one, mountain torrents wearing on it for ages, have gradif, as is asserted, a fall was punished with death. ually eaten a way through the base, and left the They travelled with ease and expedition, halling at superincumbent mass-such is the cohesion of the the tambos, or inns, erected by government along materials still spanning the valley like an arch! the route, and occasionally at the royal palaces,

“ Over some of the boldest streams it was neces which in the great towns afforded ample accommoda- sary to construct suspension bridges, as they are tions to the whole of the monarch's retinue. The termed, made of the tough fibres of the maguey, or noble roads which traversed the table-land were of the osier of the country, which has an extraordilined with people, who swept away the stones and nary degree of tenacity and strength. These osiers stubble from their surface, strewing them with were woven into cables of the thickness of a man's sweet-scented flowers, and vying with each other body. The huge ropes, then stretched across the in carrying forward the baggage from one village water, were conducted through rings or holes cut to another. The monarch halted from time to time in immense buttresses of stone raised on the oppa to listen to the grievances of his subjects, or to settle site banks of the river, and there secured to heavy some points which had been referred to his decision pieces of timber. Several of these enormous cables, by the regular tribunals. As the princely train bound together, formed a bridge, which, covered wound its way along the mountain passes, every with planks, well secured and defended by a railing place was thronged with spectators eager to catch of the same osier materials on the sides, afforded a a glimpse of their sovereign ; and, when he raised safe passage for the traveller. The length of this the curtains of his litter, and showed himself to their aerial bridge, sometimes exceeding two hundred eyes, the air was rent with acclamations as they feet, caused it, confined as it was only at the exinvoked blessings on his head. Tradition long tremities, to dip with an alarming inclination to commemorated the spots at which he halted, and wards the centre, while the motion given to it by the the simple people of the country held them in passenger occasioned an oscillation still more fright reverence as places consecrated by the presence of ful, as his eye wandered over the dark abyss of an inca."

waters that foamed and tumbled many a fathom Thus to make an object of unrestrained affection beneath. Yet these light and fragile fabrics were out of what would seem an image of the most re- crossed without fear by the Peruvians, and are still pulsive tyranny, is something of the same process retained by the Spaniards over those streams which, which we note in their wonderful cultivation of a from the depth or impetuosity of the current, would cheerless soil. Out of a desert they made a para- seem impracticable for the usual modes of conveydise, Canals and aqueducts, nobly executed, fer- ance. tilized the sterile ground; hills, too precipitous and stony to be tilled, were cut and hewn into terraces, “ The system of communication through their and covered deep with earth that the husbandman dominions was still further improved by the Perumight not toil in vain; everywhere richness re-vian sovereigns, by the introduction of posts, in the placed barrenness; and as little amid the everlast- same manner as was done by the Aztecs. The ing winter on the heights of the Cordilleras, as in Peruvian posts, however, established on all the the freshness of perpetual spring on the table-lands great routes that conducted to the capital, were on a below, do this extraordinary people seem to have much more extended plan than those in Mexico. .spared their patient and discriminating labor. We All along these routes small buildings were erected, take Mr. Prescott's account of their great roads at the distance of less than five miles asunder, in and posts. Even their wonderful proficiency in each of which a number of runners or chasquis, as architecture yields to the interest of these : they were called, were stationed, to carry forward

“ The most considerable were the two which ex- the despatches of government. These despatches tended from Quito to Cuzco, and, again diverging were either verbal or conveyed by means of quipu, from the capital, continued in a southern direction and sometimes accompanied by a thread of the crimtowards Chili.

son fringe worn round the temples of the inca, which “One of these roads passed over the grand pla- was regarded with the same implicit deference as teau, and the other along the lowlands on the bor- the signet ring of an oriental despot. ders of the ocean. The former was much the more “ The chasquis were dressed in a peculiar livery; difficult achievement, from the character of the coun- intimating their profession. They were all trained try. It was conducted over pathless sierras buried to the employment, and selected for their speed and in snow; galleries were cut for leagues through fidelity. As the distance each courier had to per the living rock; rivers were crossed by means of form was small, and as he had ample time to refresh bridges ihat swung suspended in the air; preci- himself at the stations, they ran over the ground pices were scaled by stairways hewn out of the na- with great swiftness, and messages were carried Live bed ; ravines of hideous depth were filled up with through the whole extent of the long routes at the solid masonry ; in short, all the difficulties that be- rate of a hundred and fifty miles a day. The office set a wild and mountainous region, and which of the chasquis was not limited to carrying despaichmight appal the most courageous engineer of mod-es. They frequently brought various articles for ern tines, were encountered and successfully over- the use of the court; and in this way fish from the

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distant ocean, fruits, game, and different commodi- in the slimy depths of the pools, gathered round the ties from the hot regions on the coast, were taken footsteps of the wanderers. Here was seen the to the capital in good condition, and served fresh at gigantic boa, coiling his unwieldy folds about the the royal table. It is remarkable that this impor- trees, so as hardly to be distinguished from their tant institution should have been known to both the trunks, till he was ready to dart upon his prey; and Mexicans and Peruvians without any correspondence alligators lay basking on the borders of the streams, with one another; and that it should have been or, gliding under the waters, seized their incautious found among two barbarian nations of the New victim before he was aware of their approach. World, long before if was introduced among the Many of the Spaniards perished miserably in this civilized nations of Europe.

way, and others were waylaid by the natives, who • By these wise contrivances of the incas, the kept a jealous eye on their movements, and availed most distant parts of the long-extended empire of themselves of every opportunity to take them at adPeru were brought into intimate relations with each vantage. Fourteen of Pizarro's men were cut off other. And while the capitals of Christendom, but at once in a canoe which had stranded on the bank a few hundred miles apart, remained as far asunder of a stream. as if seas had rolled between them, the great cap- Famine came in addition to other troubles, and itals Cuzco and Quito were placed by the high-roads it was with difficulty that they found the means of of the incas in immediate correspondence. Intelli- sustaining life on the scanty fare of the forest-ocgence from the numerous provinces was transmitted casionally the potato, as it grew without cultivation, on the wings of the wind to the Peruvian metropo- or the wild cocoa-n or, on the shore, the salt and lis, the great focus to which all the lines of commu- bitter fruit of the mangrove; though the shore was nication converged. Not an insurrectionary move- less tolerable than the forest, from the swarms of ment could occur, not an invasion on the remotest mosquitos which compelled the wretched adventurfrontier, before the tidings were conveyed 10 the ers to bury their bodies up to their very faces in the capital, and the imperial armies were on their march sand. In this extremity of suffering, they thought across the magnificent roads of the country to sup- only of return; and all schemes of avarice and ampress it. So admirably was the machinery con- bilion—except with Pizarro and a few dauntless irived by the American despots for maintaining spirits—were exchanged for the one craving desire tranquillity throughout their dominions! It may to return to Panamá." remind us of the similar institutions of ancient Rome, When this desire took more resolved shape, Piwhen, under the Cæsars, she was mistress of half zarro met it by a resolve yet more decisive : the world."

“ Drawing his sword, he traced a line with it on Mr. Prescott's essay embraces, in like manner, the sand from east to west. Then turning towards accounts of their religion and military tactics, their the south, ' Friends and comrades!' he said, on agriculture and modes of cultivation, their legal ad- that side are toil, hunger, nakedness, the drenching ministration and provisions for justice, their dra- storm, desertion and death; on this side, ease and matic exhibitions, and other various details of their pleasure. There lies Peru with its riches; here, civilization and prosperity ; but we cannot dwell Panamá and its poverty. Choose, each man, what longer on the attractive theme.

best becomes a brave Castilian. For my part, I go We may possibly speak, at a future day, of the to the south.' So saying, he stepped across the most strictly historical part of Mr. Prescott's labors. line. He was followed by the brave pilot Ruiz ; We shall best satisfy the reader's curiosity at pres- next by Pedro de Candia, a cavalier, born, as his ent, by exhibiting, in a few striking extracts, the name imports, in one of the isles of Greece. Elevtone and spirit of the narrative. It is life-like al- en others successively crossed the line, thus intiways; the dramatic collisions of character are fully mating their willingness to abide the fortunes of exhibited ; and the deeper scenes of the tragedy lose their leader, for good or for evil.” nothing in intensity and power :

One of the treacherous massacres by Pizarro is

thus vividly described : PIZARRO'S FIRST EXPERIENCE OF PERU.

66 Pizarro saw that the hour had come. He “On the departure of his vessels Pizarro marched waved a white scarf in the air, the appointed siginto the interior, in the hope of finding the pleasant nal. The fatal gun was fired from the fortress. champagna country which had been promised him Then springing into the square, the Spanish captain by the natives. But at every step the forest seemed and his followers shouted the old war-cry of St. to grow denser and darker, and the trees towered Jago and at them!! It was answered by the battleto a height such as he had never seen, even in these cry of every Spaniard in the city, as rushing from fruitfal regions, where Nature works on so gigantic the avenues of the great halls in which they were a scale. Hill continued to rise above hill, as he concealed, they poured into the plaza, horse and advanced, rolling onward, as it were, by successive foot, each in his own dark column, and threw themwaves, to join that colossal barrier of the Andes, selves into the midst of the Indian crowd. The whose frosty sides, far away above the clouds, spread latter, taken by surprise, stunned by the report of out like a curtain of burnished silver, that seemed artillery and muskets, the echoes of which reverto connect the heavens with the earth.

berated like thunder from the surrounding buildings, “On crossing these woody eminences, the forlorn and blinded by the smoke which rolled in sulphuradventurers would plunge into ravines of frightful ous volumes along the square, were seized with a depth, where the exhalations of a humid soil steamed panic. They knew not whither to fly for refuge up amidst the incense of sweet-scented flowers, from the coming ruin. Nobles and commoners-all which shone through the deep glooms in every con- were trampled down under the fierce charge of the ceivable variety of color. Birds, especially of the cavalry, who dealt their blows right and left, withparrot tribc, mocked this fantastic variety of nature out sparing; while their swords, flashing through with tints as brilliant as those of the vegetable the thick gloom, carried dismay into the hearts of world. Monkeys chattered in crowds above their the wretched natives, who now, for the first time, heads, and made grimaces like fiendish spirits of saw the horse and his rider in all their terrors. these solitudes ; while hideous reptiles, engendered | They made no resistance-as, indeed, they had no

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weapons with which to make it. Every avenue to perfidy, and his indomitable cruelty, is patiently escape was closed, for the entrance to the square and well set forth. We have neither a perfect hero, was choked up with the dead bodies of men who nor an absolute monster, but undoubiedly a most had perished in vain efforts to fly; and such was extraordinary man. He is at the same time one of the agony of the survivors, under the terrible pres- those men, of whose ignorance of the intelleciual sure of their assailants, that a large body of In- arts, and utter inability to read or to write, we can dians, by their convulsive struggles, burst through hear without regret or surprise. the wall of stone and dried clay which formed part of the boundary of the plaza! It fell, leaving an

NATURE AND ART. opening of more than a hundred paces, through which multitudes now found their way into the SYLPH-LIKE, and with a graceful pride, country, still hotly pursued by the cavalry, who, I saw the wild Louisa glide leaping the fallen rubbish, hung on the rear of the Along the dance's glittering row, fugitives, striking them down in all directions.

With footsteps soft as falling snow; “ Meanwhile the fight, or rather massacre, con

On all around her smiles she poured ; tinued hot around the inca, whose person was the

And though by all admired, adored, great object of the assault. His faithful nobles,

She seemed to hold the homage light,

And careless claimed it as her right. rallying about him, threw themselves in the way of

With siren-voice the lady sung; the assailants, and strove, by tearing them from

Love on her tones enraptured hung, their saddles, or, at least, by offering their own

While timid awe and fond desire bosoms as a mark for their vengeance, to shield their

Come blended from her witching lyre. beloved master. It is said, by some authorities,

While thus, with unresisted art, that they carried weapons concealed under their

The enchantress melted every heart, clothes. If so, it availed them little, as it is not

Amid the glance, the sigh, the smile, pretended that they used them. But the most timid

Herself unmoved and cold the while, animal will defend itself when at bay. That they With inward piiy eyed the scene, did not so in the present instance is proof that they Where all were subjects--she a queen! had no weapons to use. Yet they still continued

Again I saw that lady fairto force back the cavaliers, clinging to their horses

Oh, what a beauteous change was there! with dying grasp, and, as one was cut down, an

In a sweet cottage of her own other taking the place of his fallen comrade with a

She sat, and she was all alone, loyalty truly affecting.

Save a young child she sung 10 rest “ The Indian monarch, stunned and bewildered, On its soft bed, her fragrant breast. saw his faithful subjects falling around him without With happy smiles, and happy sighs, hardly comprehending his situation. The litter on She kissed the infant's closing eyes; which he rode heaved to and fro, as the mighty

Then o'er him, in the cradle laid, press swayed backwards and forwards; and he Moved her dear lips as if she prayed :

She blessed him in his father's name. gazed on the overwhelming ruin, like some forlorn

Lo! to her side that father came, mariner, who, tossed about in'his bark by the furi

And in a voice subdued and mild, ous elements, sees the lightning's flash and hears

He blessed the mother and her child! the thunder bursting around him, with the con

I thought upon the proud saloon, sciousness that he can do nothing to avert his fate.

And that enchantress queen ; but soon At length, weary with the work of destruction, the

Far off art's fading pageant stole, Spaniards, as the shades of evening grew deeper, And nature filled my thoughtful soul. felt afraid that the royal prize might, after all, elude

PROFESSOR WILSON. them; and some of the cavaliers made a desperate attempt to end the affray at once by taking Atahualpa's life. But Pizarro, who was nearest his per

EMIGRANT's song. son, called out with stentorian voice, Let no one, Once more let it sparkle and gladden the heart ! who values his life, strike at the inca ;' and, stretch- Adieu, loves and friendships! and now we must part ; ing out his arm tu shield him, he received a wound Farewell, then, ye mountains, ye scenes of my home; on his hand from one of his own men—the only A power resistless impels me to roam. wound received by a Spaniard in the action.

“ The struggle now became fiercer than ever The sun in the heavenly fields knows no stay; round the royal litter. It reeled more and more, O'er land and o'er ocean he rides far away; and at length several of the nobles who supported | The waves linger not as they roll on the sand, it having been slain, it was overturned, and the In- And the storms in their fury sweep over the land. dian prince would have come with violence to the The bird on the light fleecy cloud sails along, ground, had not his fall been broken by the efforts of And sings in the distance his dear native song; Pizarro and some other of the cavaliers, who caught Through woodland and pasture the youth must go him in their arms. The imperial borla was instant- forth, ly snatched from his temples by a soldier named And roam, like his mother, the wandering earth. Éstete, and the unhappy monarch, strongly secured, The birds he once knew in the fields of his home was removed to a neighboring building, where he Come flying to greet him o'er ocean's white foam, was carefully guarded.”

And the flowers of his childhood salute him once In delineation of the character of the hero of the

more, conquest, it seems to us that great judgment is in the breezes that breathe from his far native shore. shown. Neither the lights nor the shades are 100 The songsters of home still around him to charm, broadly or deeply drawn. What allied him to Cor- The flowers love planted still breathing their balm, tez, and what widely separates them, in his patient Early loves and old friendships still pressing his hand, endurance, his incredible perseverance, his freedom His home is around him, though far be the land. from bigotry, his insatiable avarice, his reckless

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From the Spectator. Charles the First, in whose cause he distinguished EVELYN'S LIFE OF MRS. GODOLPHIN.

himself. Her mother is said to have been a woman

of great piety, worth, wit, and beauty. The famThe wife of Sidney Godolphin, the subsequently ily did not escape the troubles of the times ; and celebrated statesman of Queen Anne, was a youth- Margaret when quite a child was sent to France ful friend and favorite of the amiable Evelyn, and, with the old Duchess of Richmond. The Popish according to his perhaps partial estimate of her, a partisan of Queen Henrietta, Lady Guildford, wished perfect paragon of women. Margaret Godolphin the little girl to go to mass; but she had been so was a saint without austerity, a bas bleu without well taught that she not only refused but was able affectation, a wit without tartness or malice ; a pat- to answer her tempter ; " which brought upon her tern of maiden parity in the court of Charles the some rudeness and menace; so as," says Evelyo, Second, yet neither dull nor morose ; an actress " she was become a confessor and almost a martyr preëminent among the royal and noble lady ama- before she was seven years old.” When about ieurs of the court, yet ever shrinking from display, eleven, she was confirmed by Gunning ; who “ was and performing in those courtly entertainments only so surprised at those early graces he discovered in in obedience to the commands of majesty ; in her her, that he thought fit she should be admitted to charities and godly works she was a counterpart of the holy sacrament.” At the request of Anne the gospel heroines; and, in short, a model for all, Hyde, Duchess of York, Miss Blagge was appointed both in maiden and married life.

one of her maids of honor when only in her thirteenth To commemorate so much excellence, and at the year; and on the death of the duchess, in 1671, request and with the assistance of one of Mrs. Go- she was transferred to the queen's household. Acdolphin's most intimate friends, Evelyn undertook cording to Evelyn, " there were some serious) adto write her life ; but died without giving it the dresses made to her by the greatest persons ;"; but final corrections. In course of time the family pa- she had early become attached to Sidney Godolphin, pers passed into the possession of Evelyn's descend- and she resolved, if circumstances did not permit ant, the present Archbishop of York; who placed their union, never to marry. Indeed, during the the biography in the hands of the Bishop of Oxford long time they had to wait, she several times profor publication. It now appears with his revision, posed to withdraw herself from the world and be(to the extent of the spelling and the occasional in- come a sort of Protestant nun; and Evelyn, to troduction between brackets of omitted words,) to-whom she constantly addressed herself, wrote a gether with a series of valuable illustrative notes, learned and eloquent dissuasive. In 1674, she was genealogical, topographical, and relating to courtly privately married, at the Temple church; her maid and literary matters, from the pen of Mr. Holmes and Lady Berkeley only being present. Evelyn of the British Museum.

had been promised the office of father; and he atThe Life of Mrs. Godolphin is in itself rather a tributes the concealment to Godolphin's desire ; but curious than a striking work. The style is of an- there seems to have been some little disingenuity in other age altogether; the book adds nothing to our the business, scarcely to have been expected from historical knowledge; and, beyond the moral which such a paragon. The marriage was not avowed it points of the possibility of preserving respectabil- for nearly a twelvemonth, and till its avowal the ity and purity in the most corrupt society, it teaches married pair lived apart. Mrs. Godolphin even little ; for the character of Margaret Godolphin was went to France with Lady Berkeley, when Lord evidently singular, and, we suspect, to some extent Berkeley was appointed ambassador; and at partexaggerated by her biographer. The book, how-ing with Evelyn acted a fib about her marriageever, is a pleasant and useful addition to our bio- Evelyn himself is obliged to call it a prevarication. graphical literature. It exhibits an individual life, She died in 1678, in her first confinement, appawith many indications of the manners of the age in rently of puerperal fever; to which we should infer which the subject lived, and the particular class she was predisposed from some morbid temperament. among whom she lived. It is also a literary pro- We suspect, indeed, that she had the mystic conduction very opposite to our modern biographies. stitution ; and, had circumstances and the times The Life deals more with character, conduct, be- favored the development, she might have gone mad havior, and the individual's daily habits, than with in Methodism or as a Romanist been canonized. In

It is in fact a real biography, where the seventeenth century, that religious temperament, Margaret Godolphin is the principal, almost the only which under the first three Brunswicks ran wild figure. Panegyric may cause some undue expan- with Whitefield and Wesley, and now passes through sion; and feelings of reverence and affection towards Tractarianism into Popery, was guided, and while " the early loved, the early lost” may prompt a seemingly encouraged was really restrained, by the very minute exhibition of mind as unfolded in pri- simple and genial spirit of the Anglican divines. vate memoranda or correspondence; but no attempt The interest of this book is in its quiet, elegant, is made to swell the life of the heroine by hooking old-fashioned style, its portraiture of character, ils on to it events with which she was connected or anecdotes, and its picture of the times; for there happened to be contemporary. Perhaps the amia- are a good many incidental glimpses of them in Evble old author may appear a little too often and a elyn's narrative, but more in the quotations from little too prominently himself; but the account of Mrs. Godolphin's letters, journals, and papers-as his first opinion of Margaret Blagge, of the manner she wrote herself, though she did not publish. The in which their platonic friendship was formed, and hours, the amusements, the occupations, the passeveral other passages where John Evelyn figures tirnes of respectable women of rank, are pretty as the worthy middle-aged beau and man of busi- clearly delineated; and the public life of the more ness of Charles the Second's day, are essential to dubious ladies of the court is indicated. the biography, especially upon the author's plan. It is not often that we can have very full accounts

The leading events in the life of Margaret Go- of courtships. People are too full and sensitive dolphin are few. She was born in 1652, of an old during their continuance to talk about them, and and respectable Suffolk family. Her father, Colonel afterwards they rather joke upon the matter. The Thomas Blagge, was a loyalist, much trusted by exception is generally with religious persons, who

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havo a habit of confession, and of coloring every goe; haveing a great mind to be togeather, which topic with one hue. Margaret Blagge was of this cannot with decency be done without marrying, nor, character, and gave the following account of her to either of our satisfactions, without being free from engagement to her biographer.

the world. In short, serving of God is our end ; * I will relate to your Ladyship,” writes Evelyn and if we cannott do that quietly together, wee to the friend at whose desire he undertook the Life, will asunder. You know our Saviour sayes, that “what I have learned from her selfe, when sometymes all could not receive that doctrine, but to those who she was pleased to trust me with diverse passages could, he gave noe contradiction ; and if wee can of her Life. For it was not possible I could hear butt pass our younger yeares, 't is not likely wee of soe long an Amour, soe honorable a love and con- should be concern’d for marrying when old. If wee stant passion, and which I easily perceived con- could marry now, I don't see butt those inconven cerned her, as lookeing vpon herselfe vnsettled, and iencys may happen by sickness, or absence, or death. one who had long since resolved nott to make the In a word, if we marry, it will be to serve God and Court her rest, butt I must be touched with some to encourage one another dayly; if wee doe not, Care for her. I would now and then kindly chide 't is for that end too; and wee know God will direct her, why she suffer'd those languishments when I those who sincerely desire his love above all other knew not on whome to lay the blame. For tho' Considerations; now should we both resolve to conshe would industriously conceale her disquiett, and linue as we are, be assur’d I should be as little Idle divert it under the notion of the Spleene, she could as if I were a wife.'not but acknowledge to me where the dart was fix'd; nor was anything more ingenious than what

AN AFFECTING ANECDOTE.—A corporal of the rifle she now writt me vpon this Subject, by which your brigade, for robbing a Spaniard of some bread, was Ladyshipp will perceive, as with what peculiar con- tried by a drum-head court-martial, and brought out fidence she was pleased to honor me, soe, with what immediately afterwards for punishment. When the early prudence and great pietye she manag'd the brigade was formed, and the unhappy corporal, who passion, which, of all other, young people are com- till then bore an excellent character, was placed in monly the most precipitate in and vnadvis'd. the centre of the square, close to the triangle, the

“I came,' sayes she,soe young, as I tell you, general said, in a stern' voice, “Strip, sir." The into the world, (that is, about 14 yeares of Age,) corporal never attered a word 'till actually tied up, where no sooner was I entred, buit various opin- when, turning his head round, as far as his humili ions were delivered of me and the person whome ating position enabled him, he said, in a firm and (you know) was more favorable then the rest were The general replied, “It cannot be ; your crime is

respectful voice, “General Crawford, spare me.” to me, and did, after some tyre, declare it to me. The first thing which tempts young weomen is to be reduced to the pay and rank of a private soldier,

too great.” The uvhappy man, who was sentenced vanity; and I made that my great designe. Butt and to receive two hundred lashes, then added, “Oh, Love soone taught me another Lesson, and I found general! do you recollect wben we were both taken the trouble of being tyed to the hearing of any save prisoners in Buenos Ayres? We were confined with him; which made me resolve that either he or none others in a sort of pound. You sat on my knapsack, should have the possession of your Friend. Being fatigued and hungry. I shared my last biscuit with thus soone sencible of Love my selfe, I was easily you—on that occasion you shook me by the hand, perswaded to keepe my selfe from giveing him any swearing never to forget my kindness—it is now in cause of Jealousye, and in soe long a tyme never your power,

You know that when I committed the has there been the least.

act for which I am now made so humiliating a spec"• This, vnder God's providence, has been the tacle to my comrades, we had been short of rations

for some time." means of preserveing me from many of those misfor

Not only the general, but the whole tunes young Creatures meet with in the world, and who siood behind the corporal, then, on a nod from

square, was affected by this address. The bugler, in a Court especially. Att first we thought of noth-the bugle-major, inflicted the first lash, which drew ing but liveing allwayes togeather, and that we blood from as brave a fellow as ever carried a musshould be happy. Butt att last he was sent abroad ket. The general started, and turning hastily round, by his Majestye, and fell sick, which gave me great said, “Who ordered that bugler to flog? Send him trouble ; and I allowed more tyme for Prayer and to drill! send him to drill! lake bim down ! take him the performance of holy dutyes than before I had down! I remember it well!” all the time pacing up ever done, and I thank God, found infinite pleasure and down the square, wiping his face with his handin it, fare beyond any other, and I thought' less of kerchief, trying to hide emotions that were visible to foolish things that vsed to take vp my tyme. Be the whole square. After recovering his noble feeling thus changed my Ife, and likeing it soe well, ing, the gallant general uttered with a broken accent, I earnestly begg'd of God that he would impart the

Why does a brave soldier like you commit these same satisfaction to him I loved ; 't is done, (my crimes?”. Then beckoning to his orderly for his friend,) 't is done ; and from my soule I am thank- the corporal was restored to his rank, and I saw him

horse, he mounted and galloped off. In a few days full ; and tho' I beleive he loves me passionately, yett I am not where I was; my place is fill'd vpp fellow's sentence been carried out, a valuable soldier

a year afterwards a respected serjeant. Had the poor with HIM who is all in all. I find in him none of would have been lost to the service, and a good man that tormenting passion to which I need sacrefice converted into a worthless one. my selfe; butt still were wee dissengag'd from the world, wee should inarry vnder such restraints as The poet, when out of the sphere of his enthusiasm, were fitt, and by the agreeableness of our humour is inanimale : he resembles the birds whose feathers make each other happy. Butt att present there are shine most in flight. obstructions ; he must be perpetually engaged in buissness, and follow the Court, and live allwayes the mind; a thousand accidents may, and will, inter

Tuere is no such thing as forgetting possible to in the world, and soe have less tyme for the service pose a veil between our present consciousness and of God, which is a senscible affliction to him ; where the secret inscription on the mind; but, alike, whethfore wee are not determined to precipitate that mal- er veiled or unveiled, the inscription remains forever. ter, butt to expect a while, and see how things will |--Coleridge.

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