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“And his character and qualities," said, tion of virtue thau that it is reputation; and my aunt, “ do not contradict his air and accordingly, let any one secure her on the deportment. He is truly what he seems. | side of reputation, and she is at their comThere is nothing false, ostentatious, or mand. She dismisses every thing serious icted in the gravity and composure which as hypocrisy, and has always some raillery, he wears. He is in the highest law office or merry jest or gibe, at hand whenever it in Ergland; and he administers the du-l is mentioned. With respect to religion, ties of his office with a wisdom and con- she is not an infidel, indeed, -and for this sc entious justice to which posterity will very good reason, that she has uever given do more justice than the present times. Hell herself any thought about it; she believes, has the character, indeed, of being slow | therefore, from habit and decency, and and timid; and I believe he is so, but it is from the same habit she satisfies herself the slowness and timidity of a man who with believing. And with respect to modreads nothing so much as iniquity. His | rality, she is restricted to what is done by decrees accordingly have this character. I people of fashion and honour. She has believe uot one of them have ever been re no hesitation, therefore, to gamble, and versed. His opinion is law, because his when the caprice takes her, to be insolent, talent and his learning have rendered even oppressive, and even dishonest in withhis opinions sentences."
holding debts. In short, she is a woman “This nobleman,” said I, “ seems to be of fashion in the excess." in very high favour with you."
« And who is that young man that is “ No," replied my aunt;" " no other talking to her?" wise so thau as a just man ; I merely re- ll “ He is a young man," said my aunt, echo the public opinion and public voice. “ who from his childhood to his manhood But look at that lady next the window, so has been brought up in the Court and in richly dressed.”
the Drawing-room; and thence the whip- She is very handsome," said I; “ and syllabub character which you may trace yet she appears on the other side of forty. I to be written in his face. He has a simper, She is a striking woman, however; who smile, or laugh for every body, and he dis. is she?"
tributes it according to their respective de. “ I conceive her to be thc most finished grees. His whole countenance and degentlewoman, as far as mere manners, ad. portment is a scale of ceremony. You will dress, and general deportment go," said my see that he has one smile for me, and anaunt, “ of any lady in his Majesty's domi | other for you. The reason is very simply nions. But there my praise must end. In this,-I am an actual Peeress, you merely all other respects she is a lady of the old | the daughter of a Baronet, and only the Court; that is to say, one of Lord Chester. Il granddaughter of an Earl." field's beau ideals. She has no other no."
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ZARA; OR THE ADVENTURES OF AN ENGLISHI WIFE.
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ZARA then retired; and no sooner had to some obscure part of the shore. We may they got into their apartment than Zara em be under sail all night and part of the mornbraced her confidant :-“My dear sister," said ling before we are missed; and when they shall she, “let us basten the moment which may become acquainted with our flight it will be in set you at liberty and unite me for ever to your vain for them to pursue us as they will be brotlier.” Sb: then opened a little box full of strangers to the route we shall have taken." gold :-". See,” continued Zara, “ what you ! Elvira was the more charired with this promust convey to your brother. He must en- ll ject of Zara, as it seemed very proper to carry deavour to secure the Captain of some Chris- lon ber deceit, and that she and her bxsband tian vessel, who inust bring up a boat privately should be able to set sail before ihe beautiful aid deluded African could be informed of it. ! from her, that it was once in your power to Zara haring charged her with the delivery of bave reunited yourself with her for ever." . the box that night, she retired to the grove “My dear Elvira," cried tbe Colonel, these at the usual hour." See," said Elvira to the reproaches pierce me to the beart; am I not Colopel, shewing the gold, “what will put an already sufficiently unfortunate without being end to our constraint;" and then informed him loaded with these unjust complaints; if I of the design which Zara had communicated loved you less I should not fear the reproaches to her.
of Zara, nor distrust my owu timidity in these “Ali, Eivira! said the Colonel, “ you can. il moments in which you expect I should pronot but be sensible that I love you indeed, mise to love her ; my heart, which can adore since I otherwise could not resolve to deceive you only, revolts against me, and gives the lie any one, especially a heart so good and sincere | to my discourse." as tkal of Zara. If you had not been a witness “Ah! if you can love me," replied Elvira of our conversation, if you had not been pre. ll with an air of disdain, " save me then from seni to support my fallering, timidiiy, it had the darger which I am in of losing you for Iot been possible for me to have supported my ever. Remember when you speak to Zara, deceit. Just Heaven! what punishment for that I am a slave, separated from you, and a virtuous heart to be obliged to dissemble! may be shortiy doomed to see you no more; The goodness and confidence of Zara would will you not then repent that false delicacy havc covered me with confusion; I suffered which would not suffer you to dissemble for a every thing which a mortal could sufier. In moment?" the name of our love spare me, if possible, al “ Well then, Elvira,” said the Colonel, “I second conversation like the first. No, I never will endeavour to surmount my sbame and shall be able to support it; never shall I have conceal my confusion; but out of pity assist iniquity enough to see the most amiable per. me to calm the storm within my boson, and son deceived by a perfidy of which I am the come to my assistance in those cruel moprincipal author. I must speak the truth, l, ments." Elvira; I can no longer answer for being mas- | “ Have I not,” replied Elvira, “ this moru. ter of myself. My confusion, my shame, and ing given a favourable turn to your discourse, my gri:f, will betray me.”
| and made it appear such as Zara wished for “ What you demand," replied Elvira, “is im do on your part only that wbich is your duty possible; you will undoubtedly be obliged to in order to restore liberty to your wife, and be see Zara mure than once: but cannot you assured she will prevent every thing tbat can take upon you ."
hurt your designs. My heart is no less an “No,” said the Colonel, interrupting her; enemy to falsity than yours, but it is too “ Elvira, I cannot take opon myself to be my | tender, and loves you too fondly.” owy master in 90 disagreeable and hateful all “Let us finish," said the Colonel, “ a dissituation; in vain sbøuld I promise you what course which only tends to afflict me. Spare, you require, my eyes, my discourse, both Elvira, the heart of a husband who is ready to enemies to a lye, would betray me; my dis do every tbing you can wish. I am ready to order would shew wbat I endeavoured to cou. | hasten our departure, and hope soon to be out ceal, and my deceit would serve only to ruin of my pains. To accomplish our design it is us, in justly raising the resentment of Zarall necessary that Zara should seem desirous of agajust us both."
some flowers which are not to be found in tbis “Ab, cruel wretch!" said Elvira, “cease || garden ; this will furnish me with a pretence then to act by constraint; be happy in having lito go either to Tuois or Portofarino, where I made not only yourself unfortunate, but the can easily procure a Captain to carry us to wife also who adores you. Go, abandon ber to Spain or Gibraltar, and to get a passage from eternal slavery; but remember, ungrateful thence to England will be no difficult matter." man, when you shall be removed far distant || “ Nothing is more easy than what you pro
pose," said Elvira ; "and to-morrow Zara shall , watched the looks of Elvira, and encouraged by order you to go to Tunis; but undoubtedly the hope of a speedy end to all tbeir misfortunes, she will wish to speak to you before your des appeared much more cheerful than formerly. parture. Remember that you are to constrain Zara was fully persuaded that she was equally yourself, and keep the promise you have beloved by the object of her soul, and remade."
turned to her apartments with a beart full of Elvira being obliged to return to her mis. || the most flattering ideas. The joy she re tress, embraced her husband, and went and ceived was not, however, confined within that instructed Zara, that she must order the slavell bounds of prudence which were necessary to to go to Tunis, to procure a sort of pink which the execution of such great designs. Her extrawas not in their garden, and then informed ordinary gaiety gave cause of suspicion to one her of the nature of this journey. Zara ap of her women, who, desirous of knowing wbat proved of this scheme, but desired to see I could have such an effect on her mistress, Ernestus before his departure, and for this I concealed herself in a closet, in the very room purpose walked the next day in the garden. | where Elvira and Zara generally discoursed tom
The Colonel kept his word with Elvira, and l get her ; shie overheard every thing they said, appeared so fond of his lover that this second and doubled pot but she should have a con interview between him and Zara increased the siderable reward ou discovering it to the Dey, affections of the unfortunate African.
as it was a matter of the bigbest importancez The Colonel being arrived at Tuvis, informed || she theref.re immediately wrote to her so. himself directly of what vessels were ready 10 || vereign, acquainting him with the resolution sail; and was told that there was a Dutch | his daughter had taken of makiug ber escape ship bound directly for London, that the Cap. ll with the two slaves, Ernestus and Elvira. tain bad been some days on shore, and lodged The Dey baving received this letter from at the Dutch Consul's house. He found means il her woman by an eunuch she had dispatched of speaking to him privately, and agreed with with it, set out the moment he had read it for him that he should at a certain time lie at | Osman's house; on bis arrival there be would anchor at about balf a mile distance from Os. 1) certainly bave killed Ernestus and Elvira on man's house, and that he should wait with his ll the spot, had it not been for the tenderness be boat on shore about midnight. The Colonel had for his daughter, whose life he feared was overjoyed to find the vessel was bound) might be endangered by such a step. Never directly for London, and having taken all ne. I had a father a more tender affection for a cessary measures for their departure, re- || child that the Dey had for Zara. turned to give Elvira an account of the steps || The Colonel and his lady were immediately he had taken. They both concluded that it i arrested, and the Dey then passing into the would be necessary to tell Zara that their de. l apartments of his daughter, ordered her not parture must be delayed two days longer. El. || to depart thence, and placed eunuchs to guard vira was to join the Colonel in the grove while | her. He found his daughter drowned in tears, Zara was locked fast in the arms of sleep, and for she doubted not when she was informed every thing seemed so well regulated as hardly | that Elvira was arrested, but the Dey had to admit of a possibility of its failing. For- || been informed of the resolution they had tune, however, had decided otherwise, and taken, and fearful for the life of ber Jover, she had reserved for this couple evils greater than was ready every moment to put an end to her any they had yet experienced.'
Zara being informed of the Colonel's return, | The Dey seeing the affliction of his beloved repaired at the usual hour to the accustomed lanughter, could not but bear a part in her place. The joy sbe received from the hopes of pain, and his rage vanished at the sight of his ber speedy departure animated her generous | almost expiring Zara. bosom, and she gave her lover the sincerest “Ah! my daughter,” said he, “ what has marks of the strongest passiou. The Colonel | thy father doue that you should thus most
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cruelly affict him? Is this all the consolation, you expect that thy father and thy king should I am to expect from you when grey bairs bave pardon a criminal who has endeavoured to already covered my bead, and the infirmities dishonour thee, to deprive thee of that illusof old age hang heavily upon me? Ab, Zara trious rank whicb Heaven has given you, and bave you so für forgot yourself as to be all who would make a glory of thy infamy in all stranger to honour! Alas, how wretched in il Christian countries." the condition of a fund parent whose iender il « My glory,” replied Zara, « was in no nese is repaid with iugratitude! From the danger; I should have fled with my jotended world in general we have little else to expect husband, and the moment we bad reached than ingratitude and insult; but when they land should have been united with bim for ever. come from the nearest object of our heart My hand would have been to bio a gift more from the child we tenderly love the child that precious than a crown." we have oursed like a flower—which we watch. || " You suffer yourself to be deceived," reed night and day to preserve from the coldplied the Dey; "all s!olen marriages have northern blasts, this surely is insupportable, || been the consequence of perjury. But have and life itself under such circumstances be. you, without blushing, been capable of barcomes an intolerable burden. Ab ! return my bouring the thought of making a slave your daughter to your duty, and every thing which husband.” is passed shall be buried in eterual oblivion. “The birth of that slave,” replied Zara,“ is I know you have been seduced, and that your illustrious, and fortune, wbich has treated credulity has been abused; but those who | him so ill io other respects, has given bim an were the cause of it sball be punished with advantage in that; but bad he been born in the utmost rigour; they shall feel the weight the most abiect state his virtuee would have of my avenging hand.”
merited a hundred times more than I can give “Ah!” cried Zara, “ i Ernestus dies, Zara bim. Alas! all the gifts which I have wished must die also! my life is attached to his ! - | to make him now prove his destruction ; but My fa! her! if ever I was dear to you, refuse for me--but for my love, he would indeed have not to unite me in death to my lover! It was | lived as a slave this day, but then he would I who seduced him! It is I who this day | have lived in hopes of at last recovering plunge the poignard in bis bosom! I am | his liberty!-Now his fateis fixed, all hopes ready to die at your knees, while I embrace are lost, and he must perish; but yet if them! Snatch me, my father, from that life mortals are sensible of wbat passes after death, which I detest! Revenge yourself, punish me, ll he will know that I did not long survive him, for your anger is just; it will be only striking || but that I sacrificed my life at the feet of his that blow which I shall strike myself should murderers." your pity spare me; if you fear to shed the After thus speaking, Zara snatched the blood of your daughter, give me that poignard, | poignard from the scabbard, as it hung by her and my own band sball deliver me from those father's side, she snatched it so quickly that calamities I can no longer suffer.-Oh, Er- ll the Dey had scarce time to wrest it from her pestus! Ob, Elvira ! pardon the misfortunes | hand before the point of it had time to graze I have caused you! Alas! I am still, what.
her bosom.-Infatuated Zara, to what an ever destiny may design you, more to be pitied excess did thy deluded passion carry thee.than you!"
Be cautious ye fair, how you sacrifice the duty “ Just Heaven !” said the Dey, “ to wbat you owe to God, your parents, and yourselves, misfortunes have you reserved me! am I tol to the pernicious and deceitful shares of mis. finish my days with the ruin of a daughter, taken love. who, in spite of her folly and disobedience, Ill
(To be continued.) love dearer than myself. Tell me Zara, can !!
PARALLEL ACTS OF ASSASSINATION WITH THAT LATELY COM.
MITTED ON MR. PERCEVAL.
PREDICTION OF THE DEATH OF THE DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM, AND HIS MURDER BY
TELTON.FROM CLARENDON'S HISTORY OF THE REBEL LION,
“THERE were many stories scattered abroad, persopappeared to him again in the same place, at that time, of several prophecies and predic. | and about the same time of the nigbt, with tions of the Duke of Buckingham's untimely l an aspect a little more severe than before ; and violent death. Amongst the rest there and asked him, wbether he had done as was one, which was upon a better foundation 1 he required him? and perceiving be had not, of credit than usually such discourses are gave him very severe reprehensions ; told him, founded upon. There was an officer in the 'he expected more compliance from him; King's Wardrobe in Windsor Castle, of good and that if he did not perform bis commands, reputation for honesty and discretion, and be should enjoy no peace of mind, but should then about the age of fifty years or more: this be always pursued by bim.' Upon which he man had, in his youth, been bred in a school promised to obey him; but the next morning in the parish where Sir George Villiers, the waking out of a good sleep, though he was father of the Duke lived ; and had been much exccedingly perplexed with the lively repre. cherished and obliged in that season of his sentation of all particulars to his memory, he age, by the said Sir Georg”, whom afterwards was willing still to persuade himself, that he be uever saw. About six months before the only dreamed; and considered that he was a miserable end of the Duke of Buckingham, person at such a distance from the Duke, that he about midnight, this man being in his bed, at knew pot how to find admission to his presence, Windsor, where his office was, and in very much less bad any hope to he believed in what good health, there appeared to bim on the he should say. So with great trouble and unside of his bed, a man of a very venerable quietness, he spent some time in thinking what aspect, who drew the curtains of his bed, and he should do; and in the end resolved to do fixing bis eyes upon bim, asked him if he nothing in the matter. knew him. The poor man, half dead with “The same person appeared to him tbe third fear and apprehension, being asked the second time, with a terrible countenance, and bitterly time, whether he remembered him? and hay. reproacbing him for not performing what be ing in that time called to his memory the pre- |had promised to do. The poor man had by sence of Sir George Villiers, and the very this time recovered the courage to tell biin, cloaths he used to wear, in which at that . That in truth he had deferred the execution time he seemed to be babit d, he answered of his commands, upon considering how dif. him, that be thought him to be that person. ficult a thing it would be for him to get any He replied, “ he was in the right; that he was access to the Duke, having acquaintance with the same, and that be expected a service from no person about bim ; and if he could obtain bim, wbich was, that be should go from him ad mission to him, he should never be able to to bis son the Duke of Buckingham, and tell : persuade him tbat he was sent in such a man. him, if he did not somewhat to ingratiate ner; but he should, at least, be thought to himself to the people, or, at least, to abate | be mad, or to be set on and employed by the extreme malice tbey had against him, he his own or the malice of other men, to abuse would be suffered to live but a short time.'- the Duke, and so he should be sure to be unAfter this discourse he disappeared ; and the done.' poor man, if he had been at all waking, “The person replied, as he had done before, slept very well till morning, when he believed that he should never find rest till he should all this to be a dream, and considered it no perform what he riquied; and therefore he otberwise.
were better to dispatch it; that the access to “ The next night, or shortly after, the same his son was known to be very easy, and that few