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against his minister had yet been ve. beg you will not disguise your senrified, he began seriously to make timents to me.” After such a conhis reflections. This prince was versation, in which Sully entirely warm, yet good, and soon recover- justified himself, the king appeared ed his temper. He fent several per- sincerely afflicted at having queffons to Sully, to cegage him to open tioned the attachment of his faith. his heart; but he was resolved to ful servant. Sully, touched the keep filene till the king spoke to soul at the noble repentance of his him personally. He thought he maller, was going to throw himself had reason to complain of Henry, at his feet, and give him that subwho, at length, unable to remain millive mark of respect due from a in a state of uncertainty and cool subject to his prince.“ By no nels, fought an explanation. Sully means,” said Henry, " you are a being at Fontainbleau, and taking worthy man : We are observed, and bis leave of Henry, the king said it would be given out that I only to him, " Come bere, have you no. had forgiven you.” They returned thing to say to me?" No," replied from the alley, Henry having Sully Sally But I have a good deal to by the hand, when he asked his say to you,” the king immediately courtiers what it was o'clock. He replied. Then retiring with him was answered one, and that he had into an alley in the park, the king been a long time absent. began by embracing Sully cwice, derstand you,” said the prince, after which he thus addressed him. " I find there are some to whom "My friend, I can no longer en this conference has been more difdure, after twenty-three years ex agreeable than to myself; and in perience, affection, and lincerity, order to console you, I must inform the coolness and dissimulation that you that I love Rosny more than have prevailed between us for this ever; and you, my friend," he conmonth ; for to tell you the truth, tinued, “ continue tu love and if I have not unbofomed all my serve me, as you always have done." ideas to you, I believe you have al We meet with an anecdote in hifa fo concealed yours from me: Such tory, which proves that the inferior a conduct must be equally pernici. patlions which prevail with such inous to us both, and might daily in- Nuence over most men, had no efcrease through the malice and arti- fect upon the sentiments of Sully. fice of those who envy as much my The duke d'Epernon had upon magreatness as they do your favour ny occations declared himself a. with me: I have therefore resolved gainit chis minister, and therefore to tell you all the fine hories that thought him his enemy. At the have been selated to me, and the ar. time that marshal Biron, impeachrifices that have been used to pro.ed for high creason, was arrelted, it duce a misunderstanding between was proposed in council also to seize us, and what cficct they had upon the person of the duke d'Epernon, me; and at the fa:ne time to requelt who was supposed to carry on a you to do the fame, without being correspondence with the marshal. apprehensive that I Mall take any Sully, who thought him innocent, thing amiss, be you ever so free; opposed this Itep, and strongly effor it is my devre that we retire poused the duke's caule. D'Eperfrom hence with hearts quite free non was not acquainted with this from suspicion, and contented with till a long time after; and Henry each other; and as I design to un- himself informed the duke of this.". told my boom entirely to you, I circumstance, one day when he
came to complain of the minister. that they have one master, without “ Truly, M. D'Epernon,” said the having so many more to support." king,
you are wrong to make This short speech is sufficient to me think he is your enemy ; for depict the character and politics of there is not a man in France to Sully. He justly considered great whom you have greater obligati- cities as the graves of the nation, ons,” The king then related to as they are never formed, but at him what had passed at Blois.
expence of the country; and it D'Epernon, though proud and was his maxim, that labous and ahaughty, was susceptible of grati- griculture, were the two great tude. He immediately repaired to springs of national wealth. He Paris, waited upon his benefactor, ftrenuously recommended that the when he showered his thanks upon nobility should live upon their elhim, Sully replied, “That what tates. He also pronounced, " That he had done did not require any a multitude of unnecessary offices acknowledgment; that he had on was a certain mark of the approach. ly done his duty in supporting vir. ing decay of a itate.” tue and innocence in any subject This great man, born amidst rewhatever, when it was proposed ligious wars, had frequent occafion to oppress him; that he was never to lament the evils produced by fathelels well pleased that the occasi- naticism. He often repeated, that on had occured to convince M. compaflion and gentleness were the D'Epercon, that he was more his certain means of advancing religi. friend than the duke had often been on, and the only taught by it. Zeal pleased to sugget.”
was in his opinion nothing more Sully, in the course of his admi- than a phrenzy, disguised under anistration, vigorously opposed a nother name. He lived and died number of burthensome edicts that in the Protestant religion. The were designed; many small imports, pope sent him a brief full of praises which would have been very deiri upon the wisdom of his adminifmental to many branches of trade. tration, and finished his letter like Moreover, these edicts were often a good paftor, by praying God he intended only as gratuities to cour- would bring back his wandering tiers, who importuned the king to Jamb, and conjured the duke de make additions to their salaries. Sully to make a proper use of his Henry one day sent twenty-five e- understanding to get into the right dicts of this kind to Sully, who did track. The duke answered him in not approve of any one of them,
the same style.
He assured the and repaired court to make re. pope that he prayed to God every monstrances upon the occasion. day for the conversion of his holiHe met with the marchioners ce ness, or what came to the same Verneuil, who uporaided him for point, that he addressed his ardent opposing the king's good intenti- prayers, that it might please him, ons. “ All you say, madam, as being the father of light, to arwould be right, if his majesty took fist and enlighten his holiness, and the money for himself. But to le- to give him more and more know. vy frelh taxes upon the trader, the ledge of the truth. artist, the labourer, and the hufa After the tragical death of Henry bandman, for people who do not IV. Sully retired from the adminiswant, is quite unjuft. They feed tration, and lived retired. As he the king and us all; it is enough could not, on account of his reli.
gion, be admitted of any order, he memory, did me the honour to conmade one for himself. This con sult me upon great and important fifted of a chain of gold with a me business, he first sent out all bufdal of the king hanging to it. Du- foons and court-jesters." ring his retirement, which lafted This illuftrious man wrote, duthirty years, he very seldom ap- ring his retirements, memoirs unpeared at court. Lewis XlI. have der the title of Economies regales. ing fent for him to ask his advice They have been revised by a moupon some critical affair, he came, dern author. These new memoirs though with reluctance. The young are, it is true, more agreeable than courtiers Atrove to turn him into the oid ; but the latter will always ridicule, upon the antiquity of his be more interesting to the admirers dress, which he had always conti- of Sully, and to those who would nued, and upon his behaviour, choose to meet with this warwhich seemed to be that of the for- like philosopher in the ancient exmer century. Sully observed them, pressions of a free and virtuous and said to the king, “Sire, when heart. the king your father, of glorious
A curious French Medical Anecdote.
HE father of chancellor Ali- ginning to think that he must do
gre was a man of fo cold and something yet more provoking in phlegmatic a habit, that all means order to gain his point, threw down, employed to purge him had long and broke in pieces, fix curious Veproved ineffettua). His physician, nice glasses, of which his master however, judging a purge neces was peculiarly fond. “ It is indeed sary, called his fervant aside, and a pity," said Monf. Aligre, with the gave him the dose, defiring hiin, molt unruffled calinness of voice at the same time, to endeavour to and mind, " for they were very pat his master in a passion, and then handsome.” After this, the ferto make him swallow the potion. vant despaired of accomplifing The servant went into the doctor's his purpose, when a client came in, scheme, and next morning early who had an affair of consequence, entering into his master's chamber which required much thought, to with precipitation, opened the cur- lay before Monsieur Aligre. This tains in a noisy manner, and awak client, who was lively and full of ed him out of a calm and gentle motion, had on a coat of taffeta,
Monsieur Aligre, rubbing which made a rustling, disagreehis eyes, beheld his servant withë able kind of noise as often as he out the least emotion, and only changed his gestures, and disturbing asked him “what it was o'clock is the attention of Mons. Aligre, put About an hour after, the servant him so far out of his humour, as having once missed his aim, resolved to make him say, with an angry to make a second trial: Whilft he tone, “ Pray, Sir, oblige your coat was warming his matter's shirt, he to keep silence, if you have a let it fall in the fire, and brought it mind that I Mould hear you.” The half burnt to him. Mons. Aligre, servant, feizing the luckly mowith a serene countenance, bid him ment, administered the dole, and warm another. The servant, be it was successful. January, 1774.
THE GOLDEN NA I L.
An Alchymical Anecdote.
Hurnisferus, a man of infinite placed his vessel of liquor on the
whim and madness, was the table, which was no other than author of some works which suffici. common aqua fortis. Then, sendently prove that his natural temper ing a servant to a shop for some was not much to be relied on. The nails of the same kind, he, by an story of his golden nail is curious. easy piece of legerdemain, when he Having worked away his fortune had desired the company to exain alchymy, and finding his tchemes mine them, and see that they were vain, he had a mind at once to get real nails, took out his own, and into the service of a certain prince, after turning it about before the and to establish a character of him- company, plunged it half way inself to all the world, as if possessed to the river: A hissing and bubof the grand alchymical secret. To ling noise arose, and the aqua forthis purpose he declared, that he tis immediately
tis immediately diffolved, and had found out a liquor which would washed off the iron coat, and the immediately convert all metals gold appeared. The nail was handplunged into it into gold. The ed round to all the company, and prince, the nobility of the place, finally delivered to the prince, in and all the literati, were invited to whose cabinet it now remains. The see the experiment; and the chy: gold-maker was desired to dip more inift having prepared a large nail, nails, and other things, but he imthe half of which was iron, and mediately threw away the liquor, the other half gold, well joined to telling them they had seen enough. gether, coated over the gold part He was made happy for the rest of with a thin cruit of iron, which he his life; but all the intreaties in the joined so nicely to the rest of the world could never get him to make iron, that no eye could discover the any more gold. fallacy. Having this ready, he
To the PROPRIETOR of the HIBERNIAN MAGAZINE.
throw himself, in a disconfolate atА
S I was fauntering, a few days titude, on one of the seats of the ago, on
one of the public walk. I did not neglect the opporwalks, I could not help particularly tunity; but seating myself by his remarking a young man, whole fide, prevailed on him, after some dress thewed marks of a thabby gen- introductory conversation, to give tility, and whole countenance wore me his history, which he did in the the aspect of a feriled melancholy. following words.
The appearance of wretchedneis, " Yes, Sir,” said he,“ though in whatever fituation, is always suf- my prefert appearance may seem to ficient to awaken my curiosity. I invalidate my assertion, I assure you felt myself irresistibly impelled to I was the son of one of the most enquire into the history of a person opulent traders in the metropolis. who seemed to be completely mise. I might at this time have been en. rable. After having walked a joying all the happiness that afiluconsiderable time, I perceived him ence can bestow ; but row, alas !
I have no where to lay my head, no compts, and examining my ledger refuge to which I can fly for com- I was always attending the perforfort. I am abandoned to the wide mances of a Foote or a Garrick, world without a friend; and one At length, by constantly frequentconfideration aggravates all my mi- ing the play-houses, and mixing fery-I have deserved my suffer. with contemptible fcholiasts, who ings, and cannot justly complain.” called themselves theatrical critics,
Here he paused to conceal a tear I became so enamoured of the stage, which was just bursting from his as to look upon dramatic entertaineyes. After he had a little reco. ments, as the molt important busivered himself, his countenance gra- ness, and the most agreeable endually grew more serene, and he joyments of human life. The shop proceeded with less emotion.
continually refounded with my • When I was at the age of ele- rants, in imitation of some favouven, my father placed me at a ce rite actor ; and I went so far as to lebrated grammar-school in the treat with the purchasers of a yard south-west part of Kent, which is of Irish with a theatrical tone, and ftill remarkable for the excellence a-dramatic action. of its discipline, and the unwea " I had so great an opinion of ried attention of its superintendant. my own talents, that, like the imThere I spent the happiest days of mortal Shakespeare, I was ambitimy life. Nature had given me ous of shining both as an actor and parts; I made a rapid progress in a writer. Accordingly I finished a ciassical learning; all was encou, comedy with great care and pains, sagement, all was hope, and all and presented it to one of the mawas happiness. But in the midt of nagers, who, after much insolent my improvements, my father re
treatment, returned it upon my solved, in opposition to the advice hands, with evident marks of conof my master, to remove me from tempt. By no means dejected, I school, and to settle me in his own was resolved to try my success as an accom pting.house. My tutor urg- acıor. But, after having, with great ed, that though I might perhaps difficulty, obrained permislion to fucceed in a learned profession, yet speak before the managers, and a the vivacity of my difpofition would circle of their friends, who seemed be an obftacle to my prosperity in to enjoy my distress, I was again a mercantile employment. My fa- rejected with all the haughtiness of ther, fenfible of the lucrative ad- tyranny: vantages of an established trade, Though I could not succeed was deaf to the remonftrances of at the theatres, I was resolved to my amiable master; and on a fatal exert my oratorial abilities at spoutday I entered into engagements to ing and disputing clubs. And plod at the dek and the compter for here, indeed, I easily made a conseven years.
spicuous figure; as I had the ad• But nature is not to be con
vantage of a classical education, ftrained by indentures. Instead of and as moit of my competitors had casting up sums, and measuring the advantage of no education at ells, ì employed my time in the all. The most important topics of perufal of Shakespeare, in compof- religion, learning, and politics I ing epilogues and farces, and in dif- discussed with more volubility than calling the merits of every new dra- the graveft prelate, the profoundest matic production. Instead of spend. academic, or the craftieft ftatesman ing my evenings in posting ac But I triumphed, as it were, with