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after I had taken leave of my father, | own hands, if the fear of God had not, and went to bed. M. Northon is not moderated his fury. yet returned, and I must wait till to

LETTER XLIII. morrow to shew it him.

What a dreadful night shall I pass! I have * From the Countess de SOLNEŚ 10 Mabeen tempted, several times, to com

dam NORTHON. municate all to my dear friend, and to beg her to wait for her brother, to

You will receive this letter by my take our precautions this night; cer

valer-de-chambre, whom I have charged tainly. I Thall run too great a risk in to be as expeditious as possible. I deferring it; they may set out to night! imagine, notwithstanding, that he will After the most mature reflection, I am arrive too late. The marquis has agoing to awaken madam Northon, and bout forty hours the fart of him, and she shall decide whether we ought to you will see him at Madam D’Erlac's, stay till to-morrow to obtain an order at a time when he is least expeded. for demanding the restoration of her However, as he may have met with nephew.

something to stop him by the way, I

thought at all events, to inform you, Madam NORTHON in continuation.

that he does not know, that he has What an awakening, my dear la- | a rival at Paris, who is determined dy, and how can such horror be ex to make him let go his hold; your bropressed! My brother is not returned, ther therefore should not let his son go tho' it is two in the morning ; he was out of his fight. told that his son was with a young Tho' the marquis has acquired, by man of his acquaintance, who protefdear-bought experience, some degree ted to him, that he had not seen him of moderation ; I am afraid left your for four days. As he doubted of his nephew, who cannot yet have obtain. fincerity, he had the patience to place ed so much prudence, should expose himself in a coffee-house, facing his himself unseasonably, in opposition to door, and Ataid till he was the last him. It was unlucky that I knew not person in the house. We have de of his departure above an hour ago; liberated upon the measures

he informed us that he should itop ought to take, and we are determined fome days at Dijon, and I thought to apply in the morning for an order that I thould have time enough to infrom the Liūtenant úe Police, to como form you of his intention by the post : pel madam D’Erlac to rettore Northon -the die is cast, and I hope I shall to his father : they say ihat this ma- be in time to prevent any bad consegistrate can execute the order; and as

quences. he is a man of enterprize, we have I have had the portrait of Eliza some hopes that he will comply with mounted in the richest manner-it is our requests, on so delicate an occa part of a bracelet. is the most brilfion, wherein he would avoid a disco. liant part of my dress, and attracts the very which would prove the ruin of eyes of every body. At first they adMiss D’Erlac. She does not deserve mire the beauty of the workmanship; this precaution; but we ought to but when they contemplate the paintmake use of it. O religios! to what ing, they never think of casting an eye lengths should we not run without upon the frame. thce. If the bad could comprehend Our law-suit being happily termina. from how many perils it rescues them ted by a marriage, has introduced us to from, by tying up the hands of those that respect it, they would love it from It thould be observed, that the counters a principle of gratitude.

had not seceived Madam Northon's lart pack. This refc&tion is my brother's, who, when the wrote this letter, and confequentdeclares without reserve, that he would y was ignorant of her quitting Madam

D'Erlac's house, with other particulats intihave Atrangled Miss D’Eilac with his I mated below.

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419 a suite of entertainments. A veteran co- I had learnt; and, really, I think that Jonel, who has retired from the service their intention of giving me this alarm, fome years, gave a very grand feast to was to oblige me to accelerate the affair, the young folks. As we were going to especially as the person who wrote to fit down at table, an officer entered in me has some reasons for so doing.” his boots, who was presented to the “ And you take things in that light new married couple, as a relation of in which they ought to be taken, faid the gentleman, who was maiter of the the veteran officer, clapping him on the house. I was at that time in confer-shoulder. Certainly, friend, you have ence with a lady in an adjacent apart-dispositions to make a gallant, an enment, and did not return till they were dearing husband ; persevere in your fuftaking their seats. The stranger was picions, and for my part I can tell you announced by the title of colonel, and that your Angelica would have marI never dreamt of asking his name, ried her to Medor if the power cena

In the middle of the entertainment, tered in herself, but there is a little having stretched out my arm to hand obstacle in the way: for the young something to my relation, the stranger gentleman has a father, who has be. espied my bracelet, and seemed to frothed him to the charming girl wish to have a light of it nearer. whose portrait you have seen : he is a

I take too much pleasure in hearing man of such primitive integrity, that Eliza praised, to refuse any one the he would sooner be quartered than pleasure of seeing her portrait in their break his word. This young lady is own hands. The cavalier after view the daughter of the baron de Ming it for some time, exclaimed, “ It who has come from the bosom of A. was impossible to see any one so per- merica to celebrate this marriage ; so feet, and the painter must certainly that you may sleep securely, not from have flattered the lady."

too good an opinion of the fidelity of The veteran officer replied, clasping your princess, but on account of the his hands, and putting them into mine; impossibility of her marrying with her If we can believe this lady, the Adonis, who is not of age to relift copy is inferior to the original; but the authority of a parent." what is remarkable, this pretty girl “ And, Sir, replied I, with some has a lover, who is stolen away from vivacity, he is too well bred to attempt her by a person of your acquaintance. it. I am very intimate with all the I received the information last night family. I can venture to say that if no by a letter. Guess, if you can, the one but Miss D’Erlac should dispute name of the lady who could be so pre- the prize with him, the marriage is sumptuous as to dispute the conquest certain. The young lady does not with fo accomplished a personage." want for charms, but he is too pru

« Could it be Miss D’Erlac?” re dent to be infatuated with a young plied the colonel. “ I am informed man, who has been pre-engaged a long that she is not constant, and that is while ago ; a jelt has given rise to the reason why I have left my garrison these rumours; and on that account I four months sooner than I thonid. Imall inform the company of a trick have formed a plot, and obtained of the which was played off on the arrival content chief commander a furlow to terminate M. Northon." fome affairs, which will detain me at I did all I could to vindicate Miss Paris long enough to conclude my D’Erlac, for fear the veteran Mould marriage with that lady: for I cannot prejudice his friend againg her; my persuade myself that her mother will apology had not the delired effe&, and violate the engagements the has made he shook his head with an air, whicka with me. I wrote to her about three convinced me that he knew as much days ago, entreating her to prepare as I did : luckily the young officer did every thing for the marriage ceremony, not observe him. I think this is a kind without mentioning a syllable of what of Smithfield.bargain, wherсin the VOL. X.

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heart has no concern at all. But, dear proper application of this inestimable friend, is it not ftrange that all our se- benefit? confidered as an history, they crets should be divulged so far, as afford a lively type of what would within thirty leagues of Paris ? This happen to succeeding generations, and mut originate entirely from domeftics, enable us by the past, to judge of the and I believe that this amour will not present, ani Future zras, as the Al. be the first news the baron is likely to mighty is subject to no change, or receive on bis arrival. It would be shadow of turning. They may provery lucky if Miss D’Erlac's marriage perly be flyled the rule of life; and were folemnized before that crisis. the heavy judgments denounced against

linfui nations in the primitive ftate of (To be continued.)

things, should prove a strong excite. ment in us to reform our general and

increanng degeneracy, which seems to SERIOUS THOUGHTS on the present la total fubrerfion of national security.

threaten us with a diminution, if not alarming STATE of tbe Nation.

In the hour of retribution little will it [By Miss MURRAY author of Men-avail, that a folema day has been anTORIA, 65. 6c.)

nually appointed by the legislature as

the means of humbling ourlelves before НЕ

concerns must inspire every ra of a broken and contrite fpirit, which is tional creature with a desire to disco- clearly evinced in Samuel's reply to ver the cause from whence the evil is Saul.“ Behold, to obey is better derived, and naturally leads us to en-than sacrifice, and to hearken, than the suire what remedy is most likely to fat of rams." This reproof leads me te effect a cure. This research unavoid. consider the occasion on which it was ably obliges us to go deeper than the delivered. The sacred passage informs surface, and by not being content with us, that Samuel admonished Saul for a superficial survey, impels us to trace his disobedient negligence, when as a the unhappy consequences to the pol. means of extenuation, Saul exprefied luted source from whence they spring. his concern that his people had seized It must be allowed we are a perverse the part of the spoil taken from the and finful generation ; that we have Amalekites, detigned by him as a fa. erred from the path of duty; and that crifice to the Lord: which gave rise to in manifold instances we are flagrant the reply before cited; and strongly transgressors; that we have provoked exprefles that the ritual part of relithe Majesty of Heaven, who notwith-gion, is of no import without unfeignstanding he is now to anger, wields ed and uniform devotion. This por. the sceptre of righteousness. These tion of scripture suggeits the necessity considerations ought to awaken the of investigating the subject on which mind to a due discharge of its duty; it was pronounced. Samuel in the and inspire each individual with a juit enumeration of God's peculiar favours sense of the chastit ment of the Su to Saul, particularizes his being char. preme Being. We confine our ideas ged with the important mission of uttoo much to temporal concerns, and terly destroying the Amalekites, by it were devoutly to be wished they fighting against them, as they were a were extended to the more important, linful people! Can we as a nation and certain attributes of eternity. plead that we are less linful than the

I cannot possibly recommend any Amalekites? Or can we Master our. means more likely to produce this des selves that Cod will fubvert liis immufirable effect, tha a close and serious table decrees, which are the effects of attention to the Scriptures , if we ac. infinite wisdom, and are exercised with knowledge, and profess they are di- invariable justice: The old and the vine, why do we negle to make a Rew Tetaments elearly display the cou

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sequences atten:lant on good and evil; “the rade is not to the swift, nor and the challisements which fall on of the battle to the strong.” If the Lord fending nations, and individuals, we is on our fide we have nought to fear are expressly told, “happened into from the assault of our enemies, as it them for ensamples, and were written is he alone who fighteth for us. The for our admonition, upon whom the firm belief of this comfortable assurance, ends of the world are come.” When will zehase despondence from the dewe seriously attend to these unquestion pressed' heart; and implant a lively, able truths, have we not the greatest hope and trust in the omnipotence of reason to dread the consequences ? and God, without which, prosperity would ought we not to endeavour to avert the produce infolence and hardness of impending evils, by a speedy reforma heart, and adversity plunge us into tion of conduct? Vice and irreligion desperation. There is not a situation advance with gigantic strides; the in- incident to human affairs, which fultent of various bleflings, have proved | fils either our hopes or fears; our most curses by their pervertion; the fabbath fanguine expectations of advantage fall is openly profaned ; the facred inftitu- Thort in fruition ; and by parity of tion of marriage shamefully violated; reason it scarcely ever happens, that the men who were designed by their anticipated evils arrive either in mode, wise Creator to be the guardians and or degree, as our imaginations have protectors of the weaker fex, are be suggested. Let us therefore "relign come their betrayers'; and the women ourselves with hope and confidence to who were in a peculiar degree formed that Being, who ordereth all things for to render the life of man more happy, the best, and who in the prelent inby dispensing domestic pleafures, have stance of national scourges, will, I deviatedírom the line of duty; and to trust, cause in mercy the various far are they from profeffing the good events to work together for our good. qualities Solomon required as neceffary He is the God from whom cometh falto constitute a good wife, that the vation : let' is therefore pray with greater part are distinguished alone by zeal in the words of holy David. excess of folly, and are become objects - Turn us again, O Lord God of of detestation, by glorying in those Holts; shew the light of thy countethings which ought to be their shame; nance, and we shall be whole !" moderation, and primitive fimplicity, are sacrificed at the shrine of profufion, and luxurious refinement; modefty, the .criterion of true merit, is obscured by THE M A T R 0 N. barefaced audacity; and depth of judgment, superseded by superficial gårru

By Mrs. Grer. lity; amusement, which was intended

NUMBER LXXIII. as a recreation, appears now to be the main object of purfuit ; and those fpe: cies of it are the most highly relished which are the most inconsistent with foremorality and reason: as in effect it is

To Mrs. Grey. necessary to become wicked, or at least

“ Madam,

Depiford, July 13. to relax our ideas of rectitude, in order to qualify us for the intercourse of mo I have long been a reader of the dern society! Whilst we are thus cir- Lady's Magazine, and, in particular, cumstanced can we datter ourselves that part of it over which you have that any measures founded in human the honour to preside. I have for policy can avert the instruments of di. Tome time also been a constant subvine vengeance? Or that however pow. scriber to it, and was in hopes, in the erful our hott, or vigilant our com course of a few months, to have found manders, that they can enfure faccess ?! some case similar to my own ; but I

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act quite agreeably to it; and hany " You must know, Madam, that I snall I he, in a future letter, thai, have been intimately acquainted with knowledge the farcur conterred on a young lady from our infancy, and

Your much obliged, and may almost say as long have I loved

Molt humble fervant, her; but so ftrange and unaccountable is our nature, that tbough no man e.

J--B-ver had finer opportunities for reveal In reply to J. B. Mrs. Grey has. ing his passion, (having had free accels thought it best to infert bis letter at to her house and her person, having length, as the larly in quefion may walked out with her alone, fat with read it in the Magrizine, and find it in. her hours at home, and felt the finfluence her in his favour. Mrs. Grey cerest love for her in my breast) I ne- is of opinion, that his next beít itep will

. ver had the heart to disclose it to her : be to write to the lady himself, and on the contrary, I have taken as much give the honest and sincere reason for pains as I could to conceal it upon e his so long concealing a parlion, which very occasion, though I have never nothing but an unaccountable diffi. been able to keep out of her company, dence could have prevented him from which she never denied me. Lately, discovering before, and which is fomehowever, she has been very sy : 'tis times a strong proof of the most violent impossible for her, I think, to be igno- affection. Let him in this letter request pant of my regard for her. She has an answer, which may either put an had several lovers, but of no long con- end at once to the pain he endures, hy tinuance. She has one at this very an absolute refusal, or else to give hiin time, who has visited her, I find, al- all reasonable encouragement to hope molt two years : but she is still fingle. for an acceptance of his offers. Mrs. After an absence from England above Grey imagines that he will be entwenty months, I have been at home couraged to proceed, if the lady is not four í I have endeavoured to forget already engaged, wishes him all deher : 'I had several offers before I went firable sticcels, and will be very glad abroad; I have had several since my to have it in her power to promote his return, from ladies ten times richer happiness. than she is ; and yet, instead of my I must now pay some attention to passion abating for her, my affection another correspondent. continues as strong as ever, and as fin

To Mrs. GREY. cere. I wish to settle at home now, but I cannot think of settling without

« Dear Madam, her, or at least without an absolute re " As I am a constant reader of the fusal from her own mouth. How to Lady's Magazine, and fee, daily, your act I know not. Now, Madam, as friendly advice to my own sex, I troue your knowledge of human nature is ble you for your advice through the very great, and allowed to be so by channel of that Magazine. A young the many testimonies we see every lady, my particular friend, received, month, I can think of nobody so ca fome time ago, the addresses of a genpable, and more willing to consultea- tleman, which were, he assured her, bout this affair, with regard to the pro-honourable; but as he was posselt of a priety of my disclosing my passion for very considerable fortune, and as the her at this time.' I should be glad to had nothing herself, she had some know whether, as the has a lover, I doubts with regard to bis intentions : bad best do it by means of a letter, or however, upon his making the most in perfon, or by applying to a female serious promises to her, the, at last, friend of her's, who is, I believe, a knowing he had nobody to controuk

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