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She was left in full possession of a teem for her, would have endeavoured, genteel fortune : a few years ago, be by his converfation and attention, lo fore luxury arrived at so high a pitch, console her on this trying occalion.it might have been termed large; hut She foon, however, guessed the cause hy some means a report prevailed a. of bis abfence. With the most fervent mong her acquaintance, ihat her fa. devotion, therefore, the poured forth ther's affairs were in a very different the thankful effusions of her grateful ftate from what was expected, and that heart, to that kind, over-ruling Deity, she was left with only a bare fubfift- who had, by a trifling incident, refa ence. Such was the surprise of every cued her from the worst of human mione at these unexpected tidings, that sery-a tad husband. every one who heard it was impatient Yet, in spite of all her endeavours, to communicate it to another : it The found herself uneasy. Her refined gained credit every day, and hourly fentibility made her suffer the more. added some freih converts to the gene She was vexed with herself for fixing ral opinion. Matilda herself hcard of her affections on a being so selfish, lo it, but thinking it might teach her perfidious, and who had proved himself that wiich scarcely any thing else lo base and unworthy. To add anocould, determined to encourage the ther bad quality to this detestable chaworld in their suspicions. According-racter, he posseiled an uncommon ftare ly he foon found herself deftitute of ac-of curiosity, which, at length, promptquaintance. Those who had once been ed him to repair to the Commors, to proud of an intimacy with her, now rcad a will, the supposed contents of passed her in the streci unnoticed : but which had made him desert a beautimeeting one day a young lady, who ful and amiable female. But how great but a very fhort time since had made was his astonishment, to find that the the greatest profefiions of friendship, mistress he had so precipitately fled she could not relist the temptation of from was actually in posession of as accosting her, (for, judging by her owo many thousands, as in his eyes renderheart, Me was-unwilling to believe hered her a moit desirable wife'! Amazed friend could be influenced by merce- and overjoyed, he scampered from nary motives) but had the mortifica- house to house with tidings of the wontion to receive for answer, “ that she derful discovery he had made. Не fancied the mißook her for some one then ran, almost out of breath, to Maelse.” Matilda was now obliged to tilda's, for though he very naturally give credit to the plain evidence of her supposed the musi bę displeased at hia own senses, and replied in a manner negligence, yet as fools and coxcombs which at once expressed the different seldom want for a good opinion of their sensations of resentment and affection, own dear felves, he very readily ima" that she found the was indeed mij gined that her joy would be lo great takin!”
on seeing him again, as to deprive her Among those vhose behaviour was of the power of expressing any displeachanged with a (supposed) change of fure at his part conduct ; and he circumstances, was a young man (I thought it morally impossible that she was going very improperly to say gen- should know the real cause of his be, tleman) of fortune, who had for fome haviour. time visited her on a tenderer errand 'Tis true, Matilda could not any than mere chit-chat, but had discono ways account for such an unexpected tinued giving her his company on hear-vifit; but she was prudent enough to ing
the current report. As the time summon her whole ftock of resolution, of fli&tion is the feason when we have and in a very spirited and peremptory a'rigit to expect the confolations of manner, for bad his future appearance our particular friends, Matilda hade. at her house, Scarcely had the dis, yery reaton to Seppose, that the man missed her avaricious lover, before she wtio, apparently pusseded so much of: I received cards from several of ber for,
Matilda ; or, the Female Recluse.
203 mer companions, inviting themselves it agreeable to her own talte. It was to renew the acquaintance, and alledg- well stocked with an excellent collecing trivial excuses for not waiting on tion of the best authors. Fronting her sooner ; but as she was blessed the entrance was a pair of handsome with a great share of disceroment, it zlobes, on proper itands. On neat immediately recurred to her, that most marble pedeltals, were placed the bufts probably they had found out their er- of several of the greatest geniufes of ror. Her own fentiments were noble the present age ; an equal number of and exalted, above all fordid views, both sexes. The room was likewise orand consequently she could nor avoid namented with china vases, filled with being disguited at fo mean a proceed natural flowers, which at once feasted ing, and therefore returned a negative the eye, and gratified the lenses with answer to each.
their odoriferous fweets. She had now experienced a sufficient In this charming retirement the share of the treachery and inconstancy blooming maid is perfectly contented: of the world to be heartily tired of it, no cares disturb her in this humble and therefore determined io set ont on dwelling. Amidit all the treachery of a journey, and if the met with any a deceitful world, merit has secured her spot agreeable to her inclinations, to one conftant, one unalterable friend, take it for her summer residence.- who Mhares with her every joy and pang Having some relations in 'Derbyshire, of life. They live in one house-- they and it being a pleasant, romantic coun. know but one purse - they possess but try, the fixed on that as the place of one beart. Is it then to be wondered her destination. During her stay with at, that when the season arrived, in her friends, she fell in company with which she had intended to have return. a gentleman, whoni, being well ac ed to London, that the found herself quainted with the country, the thought unwilling to leave her cottage. a very proper person to Jirect her to When dreary winter approaches, and the attainment of her wishes, and ac the inclemency of the weather will not cordingly asked him “ if he knew of permit her to walk about, and visit a retired little box that was likely to her acquaintance, the uses a carriage, fuit her?"--He chcarfully replied, which she keeps more for use than " that if she had charitably resolved, thotr. Her door is ever open to defor the safety of mankind, to turn re crepid age, and helpless infancy. The clure, he had, on his own estate, a fo. poor always know where to find a belitary retreat, that was well adapt- nefactress, for Matilda is the friend of ed to such a design."--He offered, the diftreffed, the encourager and pain a frolic, to attend her to it, which tronefs of merit. She is religious, the accepted, and was so pleased with without being a gloomy devotee. In the situation, that, to the great sur- her conversation she is lively and enprize of the poffeffor, the begged to tertaining, and her behaviour is affable buy it at any price. The owner could and courteous to all." not withiftand the folicitations of so This is a sketch of the life and manlovely a petitioner ; he fold it her at ners òf an amiable female, who has a moderate estimation of its value. philosophy enough to withstand the
Matilda, charmed with her new fopperies of fashion, and the follies of purchase, was impatient to enter it, an inconfiderate world, and in this de. and enjoy its peaceful pleasures. She generate age“ dares be good.”—I furnished it in a very neat, but plain would not wish it to be thought that I dile. No part of the house was em mean to infinuate that she is all perfecbellished with any thing but what was tion; but she has so many valuable perfectly useful, except the library : qualifications, that I cannot help con, in this apartment se intended to spend cealing her few faults -- besides, they the greatett part of her time, and are no more than the common frailties thereftre indulged herself ju finishing of human nature.
Permit "me, ladies, to recommend ask one important question, especially to your practice whatever is praise of those who frequent the theatres. worthy in the character of Matilda : Can you think a playhouse a suitable the virtues which grace her portrait, place for perfons called Chriltans to will appear equally amiable in your', encourage going to, who are profesiedand there may, perhaps, be more me ly the candidates for a blessed immorrit in your performing them, because tality? in the midst of luxury and dilipation, Ladies may endeavour to ftife the than in her, in the calm ease and serenie convictions of conscience, and drive apleasures of solitude.
way reflection, by drefling, visiting, OPHELIA.cird-playing and the like, but ere long
death will inevitably stare them in the face, and their bodies, which now (it
may be) they take such pains to adorn The FEMALE REFORMER. and fet off to the beft advantage, will By BoB SHORT, Jun.
be configned to the mouldering grave,
to be the prey of worms, and the sub(Continued from Page 16.) jects of putrefaction (as the newsNUMBER XXIII.
papers observe will be the case with
the late unfortunate Miss Reay, as the A SOLILOQUY on the Murder of is to be buried in full dress, the same, Moss ReAY.
as she was murdered in.) Oh! then, Addreft to the Female Confcience. ye beauteous fair, HERE was she, or where had The bougbe of death alone the fear destroys.
The thought of death indulge the been, unhappy female !
DR YOUNG. just before her soul was hurried into an eternal world ?-A playhouse !
Let modern fine ladies beware how Yes; sad place to prepare in for an e- they read the above soliloquy, left it ternity! but this is little thought of Mould make them swoon away into now a days. Indeed, it would not be the arın3 of refined delicacy, or serious. suited to such public places of diver- reflection. fion to admit the melancholy thought
Bob SHORT. of death, though often represented on
(To be continued.) the stage to excite unavailing tears.We do not go to see a play to remind us of our latter end, or prepare is for The CONSOLATION of Human Life, it; no, that is true enough : but we
or a DIALOGUE on the Power of go to be diverted, to kill time, drown
PHILOSOPHY 10 Juftain the Mind inreflection, and to see, as well as to be
der AFFLICTION. By the lare Rer. seen, or, as the poet very juitly says, Dr. LANGHORNE. The gay
and thoughtless to the playhouse run, FREDERIC and PHARAMOND. Some to undo, and some to be urdone.
Fred. OU are one of the few per. Did we give ourselves time to think
sons, Pharamond, whom I ferioufly on the certainty of a future am neither afraid nor unwilling to trust ftate, how few among the sons or with my sentiments. You have taugkat daughters of mortality would openly me a kind of confidence, and a readiplead for those triling amusements ness of communication, which are not which the giddy multitude so eagerly natural to me : at least I have met pursue, at the hazard of their virtue, with few persons, whom either pride and the ruin of their souls ? Our bodies are so attentively re
or prudence, or possibly something be
tween both, have not reftrained me girded, that our souls are almoft, if from engaging in such conversations as not entirely forgotten. But let me these.
On the Power of Philosophy.
Phar. Your charity, Sir! your hu- 1 her. In the first stages of her distemm20icy !
per, she will, generally, if left to herFrid. No-a inind so well furnished self, effect her own cure : in the last, as your's is not the object of either. The as frequently requires external We have a pleasure in communicating aids ; and, as if he had been conscious our sentiinents, where we think they of the wants and infirmities that might will be sensibly and ingenuously re befal her, thole aids me has provided ceived. When a traveller is overtaken us in her own productions. The same by the evening, if he discovers a light conduct is observable in the æconomy in some neighbouring cottage, it is na of the mind. It has a peculiar, intural for hiin to rejoice; but his whole trinsic power, which refits and throws pleasure does not, i presume, arise from off the first impresivns of vice, and his expectatiors of hospitality and fe- which, for a while, is sufficient to recurity: he hopes to meet with some store it to its native freedom and purikind ecr, to which he may impart the ty. It opposes the beginnings of ercircumliances of the day, describe the ror,, too, in the fame manner, and duways he passed through, and more par- ring their first advances, will often fall 'ticularly, the observations that occur back to the natural principles of truthio red to him as he proceeded. Such is But when error and depravity have efthe satisfaction I have in conversing tablished themselves by habit, then it with you. In pafling through life I is that the moral, like the material have made fome cursory remarks, nature, requires external affistance. which I am vain enough to find a plea- This assistance is to be fought in pliifure in communicating, though, per-| lofophy, or the cultivation of reason, hap3, they may be ufeless to every o. which, by exalting the mind, dispose ther traveller.
selles it of such attachments as are Phar. Be assured there is one per base and unworthy of it, by lightening fan for whom I have so much regard, it of such as are vain and unprofitable. that I will not suffer him either to for- In this we may behold one of the moit get or misapply them. I flatter my important uses of learning, that men felf, at least, that no material circum- of.cultivated minds, if they deviate inflance of our late consersations wille to vice or error, are more easily rever escape me ; and I am now able to claimed than others ; they have acremind you of what you possibly have quired a dignity, a delicacy of fentiforgnt, that you proceeded no farther ment, wluch continually opposes the in pour account of philosophy, and pursuit of low and unworthy objects ; the consolations that may be derived or, if they are already engaged in it, from her, than those arguments that disquiets rhein in the progress. had respect to ber learning, and her Psar. How happy, my dear Sir, are application of that learning. Her o such effects as thefe! Surely the cultiperations on the mind were what you vation of the mind, and the acquisition proposed next to consider.
of knowledge, are superior to every OFren. These the Roman efTayit calls ther poflible advantage. " The dispoffeffing it of every base and Fred. Their use and excellence are unprofitable attachment, and securing by no means comparative : there is it within the ttrong fortifications of nothing that can, with any propriety, virtue.” There is the closest analogy be placed in competition with them. imaginable between the operations of | Let us recollect, however, that we are the natural and the moral world in ge- here speaking of one particular good neral; but this appears in nothing more effect of philofophy, that operation on clearly than in their renovating and the mind which removes its vain and correcting principles. When nature idle attachments. The first step is to falls into a depraved or vitiated habit, become acquainted with the original her first efforts are to difengage hersell frame and constitution of nature: the from the causes that brought it upor.plan, as far as it may be traceu, and
the eftablished laws of her economy ; | leading of its intelligent and spiritual her general delign, and her particular principle, and while we are discourling paffages; the value the apparently lets Lon fume parts of exiftence, others are on every species of being, from the du- springing forth. ration the allows it, or by the care lhe Prar. I am lost, my friend ; my itakes in its preservation. By thus magination is overwhelmed and funk ftudying and attending to the original under the magnificence of the ideas design, and the particular economy of you have excited. Good heaven! how nature, we shall learn, by degrees, to little, how insignificant do I find mymake our estimates agreeable to thein. felf! We shall put ourselves in her place, Fred. That is a point gained - but make her laws, our laws, and set the gained, perhaps, too soon. The sense lame value on every part of her works, you at present entertain of the compathat he herself seems to have set upon rative unimportance of man was exthem. Let us flop here, and see how cited by carrying our ideas upwards ; many idle prejudices, how many vain let us see whether it may not be conprepofleflions, how many ridiculous for-firmed by bringing them downwards, rows will at once fall to the ground'! Phar. I attend you-but I do not Phar. I see, I feel it.
apprehend the argument you have in Fred. Continue in this position ; view. keep your eyes fixed here. We are Fred. It has been observed, that we now looking down upon the creation : ought to form our estimates of things you
see that ianumerable multitude of in proportion to the value which naworlds.
ture seems to have set upon them. Pbar. Astonishing !-Magnificent Phar. You have obferved this. beyond expression !
Fred. And that the degree of imFred. Yet these are, comparatively, portance they appear to have with her, nothing ; the production of a fingle may be learnt from the duration she idca.
has allowed them, and from the care Phar. Great God! whither are you the has taken for their preservation. leading my trembling imagination ? Phar. This seems reasonable ; yet I dare not follow you farther-I fear- I am in some pain about the inferen
Fred. Come on; we thall and our ces to which you are making your advantage in it. The heights of phi. way. I do not like this Socratic melosophy are arduous indeed ; but when thod of argument--it brings one aonce we have reached them, we breathe I ground, without the possibility of geta very salutary air. Yes, Pharamond, 1 ting off. we will conclude that this multitude of Fred. Surely you need be in no pain worlds was arranged by one single idea about those conelusions to which reaof that universal spirit and intelligence son leads you. Let us follow her which animated and dispofed the por coolly, and she will direct us safely. tions of matter. But can you suppofe Phar. Excuse me ; you know I am that you behold in this fyltem the li- naturally diffident and timorous in mits of creation? As well might a pea- points of great importance i afraid fant, who inhabits the valley of the both of making conccfions and draw. Grisons, conclude, when he afcends ing conclusions. Mount Cenis, that the whole world is Fred. I know of no worse cowardunder his eye. That ever active and ice than that of not daring to think, creative intelligence must have exerted Come, let us go forward: we have itself in the formation of systems in but little light, it is true; but still it numerable, incomprehenfible; in com is sufficient to distinguish the objects parison of which this that we inhabit, as we pafs. Upon dur general princiis probably no more than the dust of ple, that the mott rational estimate of the balance. . Perhaps, even now, the every being is to be drawn from the business of creation is following the duration alligned to it, and from the