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infidel, the stone yielded like wax, and the impression remains till this day.

Nothing is so injurious to the cause of truth, as attempts to support it by fiction. Many evidences of the justness of this observation occur in the course of a tour through Italy. That mountains were rent at the death of our Saviour, we know from the New Testament; but, as none of them are there particularized, it is presumptu. ous in others to imagine they can point out what the Evangelists have thought proper to conceal.

This rock, however, is much resorted to by pilgrims; and the tartanes, and other vessels, often touch there, that the seamen may be provided with little pieces of marble, which they earnestly request may be taken as near the fissure as possible. These they wear constantly in their pockets, in case of shipwreck, from a persuasion, that they are a more certain preservative from drowning, than a cork jacket. Some of these poor people have the misfortune to be drowned notwithstanding; but the sacred marble loses none of its reputation on that account. Such accidents are always imputed to the weight of the unfortupate person's sins, which have sunk him to the bottom, in spite of all the efforts of the marble to keep him above water; and it is allowed on all hands, that a man so oppressed with iniquity, as to be drowned with a piece of this marble in his pocket, would have sunk much sooner, if, instead of that, he had had nothing to keep him up

but a cork jacket.

Strangers are next led to the castle, and are shewn, with some other curiosities, the skeleton of the famous Bourbon, constable of France, who was killed in the service of the emperor Charles V, as be scaled the walls of Rome.

It is remarkable that France, a nation which values itself so much on an affectionate attachment to its princes, and places loyalty at the head of the virtues, should have produced, in the course of the two last centuries so many illustrious rebels : Bourbon, Coligni, Guise, Tu

renne, and the Condés; all of them were, at some period of their lives, in arms against their sovereign.

That it is the duty of subjects to preserve their allegiance, however unjustly and tyrannically their prince may

conduct himself, is one of the most debasing and absurd doctrines that ever was obtruded on the understand. ing of mankind. When Francis forgot the services which the gallant Bourbon had rendered him at Mirignan; when, by repeated acts of oppression, he forgot the duty of a king ; Bourbon spurned at his allegiance, as a subject. The Spanish nobleman, who declared that he would pull down his house, if Bourbon should be allowed to lodge in it, either never had heard of the injurious treatment which that gallant soldier had received, or he betrayed the sentiments of a slave, and meant to insinuate his own implicit loyalty to the emperor. Mankind in general have a partiality for princes. The senses are imposed on by the splendour which surrounds them; and the respect due to the office of a king, is naturally converted into an affection for his person; there must therefore be something highly unpopular in the character of the monarch, and highly oppressive in the measures of government, before people can be excited to rebellion. Subjects seldom rise through a desire of attacking, but rather from an impatience of suffering. Where men are under the yoke of feudal lords, who can force them to fight in any cause, it may be otherwise ; but when general discontent pervades a free people, and when, in consequence of this, they take arms against their prince, they must have justice on their side. The highest compliment which subjects can pay, and the best service they can render, to a good prince, is, to behave in such a manner, as to convince him that they would rebel against a bad one.

From Mola we were conducted by the Appian way, over the fertile fields washed by the silent Liris.

-Rura quæ Liris quieta
Mordet aqua, taciturnus amnis.*

The rich fields that Liris laves
And eats away with silent waves. FRANCIS.

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This river bounded Latium. On its banks are still seeri
some ruins of the ancient Minturnæ. After Manlius
Torquatus, in what some will call a phrenzy of virtue,
had offered up his son as a sacrifice to military discipline ;
and his colleague Decius, immediately after, devoted him-
self in a battle against the Latins; the broken army of
that people assembled at Minturnæ, and were a second
time defeated by Manlius, and their lands divided by the
senate among the citizens of Rome. The first battle
was fought near Mount Vesuvius, and the second be-
tween Sinuessa and Minturnæ. In the morasses of Min.
turne, Caius Marius, in the seventieth year of his age,
was taken, and brought a prisoner to that city, whose
magistrates ordered an assassin to put him to death, whom
the fierce veteran disarmed with a look. What mortal,
says Juvenal, would have been thought more fortunate
than Marius, had he breathed out his aspiring soul, sur-
rounded by the captives he had made, his victorious
troops, and all the pomp of war, as he descended from
bis Teutonic chariot, after his triumph over the Cim-
bri.

Quid illo sive tulisset
Natura in terris, quid Roma beatius unquam ?
Si circumducto captivorum agmine, et omni
Bellorum pompa, animam exhalasset opimam,

Cum de Teutonico vellet descendere curru.
Several writers, in their remarks on Italy, observe, that
it was on the banks of the Liris that Pyrrhus gained his
dear-bought victory over the Romans. They have fall.
en into this mistake, by confounding the Liris with the
Siris, a river in Magna Græcia, near Heraclea; in the
neighbourhood of which Pyrrhus defeated the Romans
by the means of his elephants.

Leaving Garilagno, which is the modern name of the Liris, we pass the rising ground where the ancient Sinuessa was situated : the city where Horace met his friends Plotius, Varius, and Virgil. The friendly glow with which this admirable painter has adorned their characters, conveys an amiable idea of his own.

Animæ, quales neque candidiores
Terra tulit; neque queis me sit devinctior alter.
O, qui complexus et gaudia quanta fuerunt !

Nil ego contulerim jucundo sanus amico.* Do you not share in the happiness of such a company ? And are you not rejoiced that they happened to meet near the Ager Falernus, where they could have the best Massic and Falernian wines ?

New Capua, through which the road from Rome to Naples lies, is a small town of no importance. The ancient city of that name was situated two miles distant from the new. The ruins of the amphitheatre, which are still to be seen, give some idea of the ancient grandeur of that city. Before the amphitheatre of Vespasian was built, there was none in Rome of equal size with this. Old Capua is said, at one period, to have vied in magnificence with Rome and Carthage.

Altera dicta olim Carthago, atque altera Roma,

Nunc prostrata jacet, proprioque sepulta sepulchro.t The army of Hannibal is said to have been conquered by the luxuries of this place : but the judicious Montesquieu observes, that the Carthaginian army, enriched by so many victories, would have found a Capua wherever they had gone. Whether Capua brought on the ruin of Hannibal or not, there can be no doubt that Hannibal occasioned the ruin of Capua.

Having broken their connection with Rome, and formed an alliance with her enemy, the Capuans were, in the course of the war, besieged by the consuls Fulvius and Appius. Hannibal exerted all his vast abilities for the relief of his new friends; but was not able to bring the Roman army to a battle, or to raise the siege. When

* Pure spirits these ; the world no purer knows ;

For none my heart with such affection glows.
How oft did we embrace! our joys how great !
Is there a blessing in the power of fate
To be compar’d, in sanity of mind

To friends of such companionable kind ? FRANCIS. † Formerly called another Carthage, or another Rome; it now lies bu. ried in its own ruins.

YOL. II.

every other expedient had failed, he marched directly to Rome, in the hopes of drawing the Roman army after him to defend the capital. A number of alarming events conspired, at this time, to depress the spirit of the Roman senate. The proconsul Sempronius Gracchus, who commanded an army in Lucania, had fallen into an ambuscade, and was massacred. The two gallant brothers, the Scipios, who were their generals in Spain, had been defeated and killed; and Hannibal was at their gates. How did the senate behave at this crisis ? Did they spend their time in idle harangues and mutual accusations ? Did they throw out reflections against those senators who were against entering into a treaty with the Carthaginians till their army should be withdrawn from Italy? Did they recall their army from Capua ? Did they shew any mark of despondence ? In this state of affairs, the Roman senate sent orders to Appius to continue the siege of Capua ; they ordered a reinforcement to their army in Spain; the troops for that service marching out at one gate of Rome, while Hannibal threatened to enter by storm at another. How could such a people fail to become the masters of the world!

The country between Capua and Naples displays a varied scene of lavish fertility, and with great propriety might be named Campania Felix, if the richest and most generous soil, with the mildest and most agreeable climate, were sufficient to render the inhabitants of a country happy.

LETTER LV.

Naples. THE

ne day after our arrival at this place, we waited on Sir William Hamilton, his majesty's minister at this court. He had gone early that morning on a hunting party withı the king; but the Portuguese ambassador, at Lady Hamilton's desire, undertook to accompany the duke on the usual round of visits; Sir William was not expected to

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