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ZARA; OR THE ADVENTURES OF AN ENGLISH WIFE.
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"I CONCEALED myself beliind the trees, ,, would appear to me inconceivably more preand approached near to him. Since I swal. cious ihan that vain and pompous situatica in lowed love's eavenomed draught, which has ex wluch you now see me. I am the daugh'er of tended itself over every part of my beart, ah;
a Sovere go,
it is trut, but I am no less a slave my dear Elvira, how amiable does that slave tban yourself, and my days run in a gloomy appear me, I could pass the whole day in solitude. If I remain in this country, I shall viewing him; but the idea of seeing him in the one day become the partner of a jealous hus.. evening in the same place, without being per- band who will divide the affections of bis barceived by him, obliged me to retire with all l barous heart between me and a number of the precautiou imaginable, lest he or any one rivals; perbaps I may have the grief of seeing else should discover me. I was sure of re him consider me beneath the meanest of his turning the next day at the same hour to the slaves. A heart prepossessed with love like grove. I sas him again, viewed him more mine, wouid look upon such a husband as an attentively, and every time found in him new odious tyrant. Believe me, my dear Elvira, perfections; my passions acquired new forces, and let us seize the precious moment, you to and I began to be sensible of my folly. I recover your liberty, and I to possess my lover. blushed with shame and confusion, and would We have yet six weeks to pass in this house; have called in reason to my aid, but it few | let us employ them to procure us bappiness. away from me. Such is my infatuation, that Speak to my lover, examine him, and see if we I have not missed a day to repair at the ac may rely on him. Assure bim that I adore customed hour to this fatal place of conceal him. When a heart is so tenderly possessed ment to admire my lover; but yesterday con as inine, constraint becomes a folly, and distributed to deprive me totally of my reason. guise is a crime. If he will determine to carry I found this slave seated near a bed of flowers, me away, I will procure bim the means. We casting up bis sorrowful eyes to beaven while will depart for Europe in three days, and I will tears trickled down his cheeks, I beard him convey with me gold and jewels sufficient to utter some complaints, but was not near enrich us both.” enough to distinguish his words. Without The soul of Elvira was so agitated by difdoubt he was complaining of his hard fate. ferent passions during this discourse, that she Never could one appear more above the cou dared not to interrupt her. The idea of re. dition of the slave, for he seemed rather born turning to England, of being in a condition to to give than bear felters. I dare, my dear procure some tidings of her husband, the Elvira, to open to you the recesses of my heart, | hopes of being able, by some means or other, though I doubt not but you will condemn my to restore bim to liberty, and to be again sentiments. But why should I conceal from united to him; all this, at first appearance, you my niost secret thoughts. Are you not seemed so flattering, tbat she knew not how that Elvira who has sworn to me an eternal to resist the proposal. But the most frightful friendship; that Elvira who pities my de- | reflections succeeded this Aattering prospect. plorable situation? Yes, my dear, I will con She trembled, lest so daring a project as that ceal nothing from you; if you will assist me, of their flight should be discovered, as she and heaven favours my design, I will break would then feel all the fury of the euraged the chains of my lover; I will restore you to Dey; and that such an attempt to procure liberty and make my elf the happiest person her liberty, would render abortive all the cares in tle world. I have often heard you expatiate her husband might be taking to bring about on the happiess of the European women ; her release ; for she had not yet heard of her tbat bappiness if I can' divide it with my lover, il father's death.
The perplexity of Elvira continued for some these regions, some one or other may be curi. moments after Zara had done speaking. The ous to see where we are going, and every thing beautiful African waited, trembling, and with would be lost on the least suspicion. As he downcast eyes, the answer of lier confidant. may, perhaps, le doubtful of giving creti: tu
more favourable than she dared to your words, sexing you only a slave, you shall think. The impatience of Elvira to learn give bim, as from me, this present. He will news of the Colonel prevailed over all the fears thereby p'ainly perceive thal it comes from a in her heart. Slie could uot endure the person whose situation in life cannot but ap. thongtits of his absence, and death appeared pear more exalted than yours.” She then to ber a more desirable state than the present. draw out of her pocket a crescent set with the Sbe resolved to employ all means for her richest diamonds, and gave it to Elvira. Hope esc ype, and to accept those which Zara offered
now animated the boson of Zara, and from Jer. “I will,” said she, “ do every thing you that absolute despair which she was dyi::8 can desire. I am not ignorant to what dangers under but an hour before, she is become on a we shall expose ourselves; but, whatever may sudden the bappiest of all women. There is be the lot Heaven has in store for (1s, it cannot no passion a young lady should morecautiousbe more sorrowful than that which we now ly guard against than that of love, which, like exp«rience. You are st:ll ignorant of one hall the ebb and Auw of the sea, is never long in of my misfortunes, and when I shall have in one situation: one moment the heart raves formed you of that, which I liave hitherto with despair, and the next it is dilated with coaccaled from you, you will then believe that joy; stability is a thing unknown in unguarded slavery is not the greatest of my misfortunes." I love.
The violent passion of Zara should caution Elvira, włom the liope of being restored to anthinking youth, how th y suffer love to be | liberty had made more gay tbau usu :), said, come the tyrant of the heart, since they then with a deal of pleasantry, to Zara :--"Indeed cease to reason, and exp'se tbemselves to the
we do not treat our European lorers in so fa. most fatal dangers. They no lorger pay the vourable a manner; they think themselves duty wwich they owe to their parents, the au happy if, after some months, and sometimes thors of their existence, but consider their even whole years, they are permitted to declare prudent and dearest counsels as the decrees of their passion; and it is eren then a doubt if a tyrannical and arbitary power. Wheu this
it be favourably receiv: d.” passion is once suffered to subdue reason, fare “ What," said Zara, wil an air of surprise, well to the object it possesses.
"you love a man for many months, he knows Zara was so charm d with the first words of
you love him, and you believe that he has Elvira, that she paid little attention to the the same passion for you, and yet both of you latter. At another time she would have known make a secret of that wbich, if disclosed, must what were the misfortunes of which her friend tend to your mutual happiness! If you thus complaiued, but at present she thought of no lavish the prime of life, Africans are more thing but of the promise she made to assist wise than Europeans. From the moment we her escape. She threw herself on the neck of have formed a passion our first care is to seck Elvira, and holding ber iu her arms-"My a favourable opportunity to declare our live dear,” said she, “I am the happiest person in to the objects of our hearts. We believe tha: the world ; ail will go well since you second one moment lost in love is precious time my designs. Bui," coutinued she, with an throwo away, which can never be regajvec.. air of impatience, “ when will you speak to in the constraint in which we live we are my lover
You will find bim in the same obliged to banish that vain affectedness so place in the garden, where I every day see him. much practised by Europeans; but were they I will not accompany you in the morning, be under the same constraint as we are, they cause, it having been my constant rule not to would kuow better the value of that time which walk out till the sun bas taken its farewell of they thus wantonly throw away; were we evca
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as free as they are, we should not imitate their , of our happiness; we shall be permitted to conduct; to what end can dissimulation be see each other every day, and perhaps sball be used between two who equally love each other? | enabled to find means for our return to EngWhy should not you love in Europe as ten. land." derly as we do in Africa? A heart, in which “Let us hope every thing," said the Colo. love maintains its empire, full of the object nel, “from fortune and love: Heaven will it adores, can it be susceptible of dissimulation not thus reunite us to load us with grief and and constraint? Custom and prejudice must despair.” be very predominant among you, or it must “No," replied Elvira; “I Aatter myself be that what you call love and tenderness are that furtune will henceforward be less cruel; nothing but imaginary passions, which bave but tell me, my dear Colonel, what accident no real existence in your heart.”
brought you here? Do you belong to the “ We love,” said Elvira, sighing,
we love master of this house?" as tenderly in England as you at Tunis ; per "No," replied the Colonel; “ I have been haps I may one day convince you of it; but it here only six days. On the distribution of is now time you should think of taking your slaves I fell to the lot of a Turk named Bena. repose. Night is already far advanced, be as. zira, who carried me to Portofarino, the usual sured of my friendship and fidelity, and that place of his residence. The evening before ! when you awake in the morning, I will bring 'set out for this house be said to me:-“List:n you news from your lover; I will repair to ihe Christian; you know that I have shewn you appointed place in the garden as soon as Au- | many marks of friendship, it is necessary you rora ushers in the joyful day.”
should now shew me yours in return. Osman Elvira failed not in her promise tu Zara, nas demanded of me a man who understands but went the next morning to the grove befure the management of a garden. You must prethe sun had well begun bis course. She per pare to go there to morrow, aud stay there sa ceived the slave at a distance watering the long as he shall bave occasion for you., I have flowers which bordered the sides of the walks. ordered a Turk to conduct you to his country His back being turned towards her she could house. Where you must endeavour to give not see his face; but being only a small dis Osman content; and I shall consider the sere tance from him, the noise of her feet on the vices dove him as if equally done to myself.” walk made hiin turn his head. -Uohappy “I accordingly came here, and on my arZara, where will thy misfortunes end !-No rival did not see Osman, but was told by one sooner had Elvira seen the face of the slave of his principal domestics that I was to take than she became motionless; and the slave, care of the culture of the flowers so long as who had now a full view of Elvira, remained some ladies who were in the house should con. equally immoveable. After looking at each tinue there." other for a moment, without being able to “Ab what,” said Elvira, “ was you thea recorer the use of their speech, Elvira caught ignorant who was the mistress of these wothe slave in her arms, and there held bim still speechless. The slave at last cried out, in a “I actually do not yet know," said the Cotransport of the utmost tenderness:-"Do I lovel; “nor do I believe any one dues except see you again, my beautiful Elvira, do I see the chicf of Osinan's slaves." you again?”
“ If you had known,” replied Elvira, “ you Elvira answered not, for she had swooned in would have perhaps thought that your wife the arms of her Colonel; but the voice of her was not far distant. It is the Dey's daughter husband soon recalled her to life.--" Is it you who is here, and who will undoubtedly put a then ?" said she; “is it you who I ain per period to our misfortunes. What will you mitted to embrace? O happy day. In this say, if I tell you that she wishes to restore moment I forget all the poisfortunes your ab. you in particular from slavery?" sence bas caused me. But, my dear Colonel,” “I know not by what means," said the continued she, "you know not yet the wbole il Colonel, “ she can be interested in my favour
being ignorant that I am your husband, and the utmost regret I employ these means, and having never seen me; but we must embrace | 1 am not insensible that your soul will all opportunities that offer to put an end to shudder at deceiving one who merils nobler our captivity. I do not wish, my beloved treatment, but the greatest of all crimes Elvira, to lessen your present'joy, or mix with would be our neglecting the means of rebittervess this happy reunion; nevertheless, uniting us for ever. What,” continued ElI must tell you, that you may not be deceived | vira, seeing the Colonel pensive and silent, in your intentions, that you have nothing to “ do you hesitate on the part you ought to bupe from the assistance of your father.” act? Do you hesitate between the happiness
He softeved as much as possible the cir of possessing me, and tlie fear of deceiving a cumstances of her father's death, for fear of person you never saw? Ah! you love me not, afflicting her; be, however, said enough to Colonel; five montlis' absence has banished convince hér that there was no hope of a ran me from your heart! Ah! what will become som from England. This news aAicled Elvira, 1 of me should this absence continue longer !" but in her present condition, now speaking to Just Heaven !” cried the Colonel,“ her husband, and hoping never more to be you, my dear Elvira, throw on me so injurious separated from him, ber heart opened but a reproach! I cease to love you! I forget faintly to the impressions of grief. Great joys you! Ah! cruel, that heart which adores seize entirely on the mind, and hurry away you has not merited such piercing reproaches! the soul with impetuosity, not leaving the Doubt not but I am ready to undertake every least room for sɔrrowful ideas. In a heart thing; for I know no other happiness but full of the present object, distant images make that of adoring you. Can you think it strauge but a faint impression. At another time the that a virtuous mind like mine, should bare news of her father's death, and the dissipa. | falsity and dissimulation, that it should shud. tion of all ber riches, would have excited the der at being forced to have recourse to such kighest sorrow, and bave overflowed her in detestable expedients! I should deservedly tears; but having now recovered her hus. appear less amiable in your eyes, could I band whom she adored, and thought to have undertake such detestable measures without lost for ever, she was hardly affected with any reluctance. I consent to accept, odious as lasting sorrow at this news.
they are, the means which fortune offers us "Since all hope," said Elvira, “is torn of shaking off slavery; but let us complain from us in our native country, let us embrace bitterly of this same fortune, who, after havthe opportunity which love and chance gives ing loaded us with evils, will not suffer us to us in this : Heaven is witness there is no put an end to them without committing a extremity which should induce me to violate crime. Lastly, my Elvira, let us not be the sacred rites of friendship, but the hope i blinded by the dissimulation we are going to of restoring liberty 'to my husband. It is to make use of; for shall we not eternally reme intolerable anguish to abuse that weak- proach ourselves with having reduced the Dess of a friend of which I am the confidant, amiable Zara to that melancholy condition in but the fear of being separated from you which we must expect to find her on our carries every thing before it. What I am now arrival in England, when she shall learn from speaking must appear a mystery to you, but our words and behaviour that she has no it is necessary 1 should explain it in a few share of my heart?” words.-Zara, the Dey's daughter, loves you; Why should we take ber to England ?” she has many times gazed on you from that interrupted Elvira : you may, if you pleasc, grore unperceived by you; and she has now make use of her to prepare every tbing for charged me to make you this present. She is our departure, and when we are gone, we shall now ready to fly with us to England. Since deceive her only in leaving her here.” fortune bas deprived us of all other means of “ You give me a commission,” said the Co. procuring our liberty, it is necessary, my dear | lonel," which I fear I shall bat badly execute; Colouel, we should embrace this; it is with but my dear Elvira, where shall I see you ,
hereafter? The idea of that moment in which 1 other in her presence, otherwise our eyes, our you quit me makes me tremble."
gestures, and our words will betray us. “ Í shall come into the grove," replied lover like Zdra is clear-sighted, and we must Elvira, crery moruing at this hour; you take care to prevent the misfortunes I fear. will also find me there at the setting of the A lucky idea has suddenly occurred to me: son; and, according to all appearance, Zara I will tell Zara that I have found her darling will so netimes accompany ine; I shall f.ar slave to be iny brother Ernestus, whom I had the sight of her when we are together, and I given over as lost. She will love me the can jury to what a pitch j-alousy would more when she believes me the sister of her carry her by what I parceive in the violence lover, and í shall be able wishout causing susof her passioa ; we cannot therefore, my dear piciou lo act more openly in our affairs" Culonel, be too cautious of regarding each
DEATH OF MR HORNE TOOKE.
The death of this remarkable character mind as that of Horne Tookp, was sufficient is not an occurrence of every day, it is tlie to render him the eminent scbolar which he death of a man, who in the period in which he afterwards exhibited himself. It is the chahas lived, and the sphere which he bas filled, i acter of Westmins!er School, that it puts i's has been more active and more conspicuous, pupils in the right way, and insbibes them wiili than any other persoo now living. From the a right mind, and therefore they bave only to commencement of the reign of his present follow in future life the plan which is there Majesty, to ihe day of Horne Tooke's death, traced for them...This is all that any school scarcely has any public occurrence passed in cau do, and it is more we believe than is done which be lias not had a greater slure than by the greater part of them. To begin well is belonged to bis mere private station. He has to ensure a good conclusion. It is related in accordingly been the most active individual in a memoir of Horne Tooke, inserted in a work a period of general activity. He has lived in pubiished some time since, that he was re. mure revolutions of politics and parties thair
moved from Westiainster to Etou at the usual apy orber mon of the day, and in all of them age. This, however, must be a mistake, as hare his talents or bis intrigue, his good or
Westminster and Etoo are not in the r:lation bad intentions, and indefatigable spirit and of school and college to each other. It is exertivos rendered him au actor.
possible that Hornc Touke might have had the Mr. Tuoke was born in a humble station of alvantage of both these eminent schools, but life; his father is said to have been a poulterer.
is more probable that this is an error. But as this father, who lived in some of the In the year 1754, be was sent to Cambridge, small streets about Westmioster, bad the and entered himself of St. Joha's College. We spirit to send bis son to a Public School, and
do not know what was the reputation of this aflerwards to a College, it is a reasonable con College at the time, but it is certaioly a high ciusion eitber that be was richer than ordi bouour to its name in literature thrat it has nary, or that he possessed a very superior mind sent forth sucli a profound scholar as Horne to what usually belongs to his conditiov. Tooke. His father at any rate was sufficiently re
He studied at College with the most exemspectable to be the Treasurer of a Public Cha plary industry, and he acquired the necessary rity. This was the Middlesex Hospital, of fruit of such assiduity, an early proficiency in whicb Horve Tooke bimself afterwards be learning and philology. came one of the Governors.
Mr. Hj. Tooke was educated for the Church, Mr. Tooke was sent to Westminster School
and bis first prospects are said to have been at a very early age, and is said to have passed very promising. He entered into Holy Orders through all the forms of that distinguished at the usual age, and immediately obtained semiuary. This course of itself, in such all the living of Brentford. He had connectious