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DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE.

British

This being the birth-day of his royal highness prince Frederick William, youngest son of her royal highness the princess dowager of Wales, who entered into the 15th year of his age, their majesties received the compliments of the nobility, Sec. on the occasion, at their palace at St. James's; as did her royal highness the princess of Wales, at Leicester-House.

Last night, about eleven o'clock, a fire broke out at Mr. Thorpe's, the Sun Tavern in Ludgate-street. It began in a closet, in three-pair-of-stairs room, occasioned by a flaw in the chimney, and burnt to the top of the house, and part of the roof sell in, but there being great plenty of water, and several firemen at hand, it was extinguished after doing considerable damage. Several neighbours in moving (heir goods in the hurry and confusion sustained very great loss. Friday, May xj. The grand topic of discourse at the Hague, at present turns on the wonderful feats of one Mr. Gilbert Gilbert, who was a cannoneer in the service of the repuplick, and had the misfortune to lose both his arms. This gentleman has been furnished, by the Chevalier de Laurent, a French engineer, with two artificial arms fixed to his stumps, with which he is able to cany a glass of wine to his head, uses his knife and fork, takes snuff, and writes. All this he has done in the presence of the stadtJiolder and the great council. He has been since invited to Utrecht, and is visited there at his apartment by persons of the first distinction, all of whom applaud extremely this wonderful piece of useful mechanism.

On Tuesday last about twenty gamblers were taken up in May-Fair, and carried before a magistrate, who committed Ihe most notorious of them to the Gate-House, to be dealt with according to law.

Saturday, May 16. On Thursday came on, before Lord Chief Jostice Pratt and the rest of the judges of the court of.Common Pleas at WestminsterHall, a hearing wherein the counsel of Mr. Beaidmore were to shew cause why a new tryal should not begranted, in order to set aside the verdict given in a tryal at Guild-1 hail against four os his majesty's messengers,' on account of excessive damages. The arguments of the counsel on both sides

continued till very late that night; so that the court adjourned the further hearing till yesterday morning; at which time it again came on, when Mr. Serjeant Glynn gave an answer to what had been alledged by tiie council for the defendants; and all the judges delivered their opinion (in which they were unanimous) that the damages were in no fort excessive against the messengers, and therefore refused to grant a new tryal. Mr. Beardmore, in the course of the motion, offered, that he would forego this verdict, in case the earl of Halifax would censent to have the action, which is depending between Mr. Beardmore, his lordship, and the messengers, brought to a tryal, and to abide by the damages; but the answer given by the counsel for the defendants was, that they had no authority to consent to such proposal.

It appears by the record-books of Newgate, that the noted Dick Swift (who iinow under senterce of transportation for fourteen years, and to be shipped off with the transports) has, within these twenty-five years, been eigh:een times a prisoner la that gaol, was thirteen times tried for felony, at the Old Bailey, and on every trial except one acquitted; when he was found guilty of a fraud, and sentenced to surfer three years imprisonment in Newgate. He was the last season convicted of receiving stolen goods. ,

Tuesday morning a little girl, daughters Mr. Eleazer Freeman, in Tottenbam-court Road, having put some pins in her rneutb, one of them unfortunately fell down, and stuck across her throat, and, notwithstanding all possible assistance, she died in great agonies in a little time after. What nufct« the case more melancholy, she was the only survivor of sixteen children, seven of whom, like this, Mr. Freeman had been unhappily deprived of by accidents.

Tuisday, May io.

Saturday night last Sir Edward BlacktK, Bart, was stopped by a single footpad in the New-Road leading from Oxford-road t» Marybone, and robbed of his watch sod money: notice being given to Sir jo!"1 Fielding, with a particular description of the footpad, it is supposed he will soon be taken, as he is well known by the dtscrip'tion at the above magistrate's.

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72* History of A B O U Z A I D, f e/r Morad,

Oriental TALE.

jBT^^C^"*^ Mong the emirs and )fi }jS{ vifiers, the sons of va

» A ^( lour and of wisdom, /a! 0^ that stand at the cor

kjv&^jtf ners of tne Indian throne, and assist the counsels or conduct the wars of the posterity of Timur, the first place was long held by Morad the son of Hannth. Morad having signalized himself in many battles and sieges, was rewarded with the government of a province; from which the fame of his wisdom and moderation was wafted to the pinacles of Agra, by the prayers of those whom his administration made happy. The emperor called him into his presence, »nd gave into his hands the keys of riches, and the sabre of command. The voice of Morad was heard from 'he confines of Persia to the Indian oc;an , every roiigie faultered in his Jm, 1764.

presence, and every eye was cast down before him.

Morad lived for many years ia prosperity; every day encreased hia wealth, and extended his influence. The sages repeated his maxims ; the captains of thousands waited his commands. Competition withdrew into the cavern of envy, and discontent trembled at her own murmurs.' But human greatness is stiort and transitory, as the odour of incense in the fire. The sun at last grew weary of gilding the palaces of Morad; the clouds of sorrow gathered round his head, and the tempest of hatred roared around his dwelling.

Morad now saw that his ruin was approaching. The first that forsook him were his poets; their example was followed by all those whom he had rewarded tor contributing to his pleasures; and only a few, whose O o virtue J8z History os Abouzaid,

Virtue had entitled them to favour, were now so- be seen in his hall or chambers. He saw his danger, and prostrated himself at the foot of the throne. His accusers were confident and loud; his friends contented themselves with frigid neutrality; and the voice of truth was overborne by clamour. Morad was divested of his power, deprived of his acquisitions, and condemned to pass th« rest of his fife on his hereditary estate. ■

Morad had been so long accustomed to crouds and business, to supplicants and flattery, that he knew not how to fill up his hours in solitude. He saw the sun rise with regret, because it forced a new day upon him for which he had no use; and envied the savage that wanders in the desart, because he has no time vacant from the calls of nature, but is always chasing his prey, or sleeping in his den.

His discontsrrt in- time vitiated his constitution, and a flow disease seized upon him. He refused physic, he neglected exercise, he lay down oa his couch peevish and restless, rather afraid to die than desirous to live. His domestics for a time redoubled their assiduities; but finding that no ofliciousness could soothe, nor exactness satisfy, they gave way to negligence and (loth; and he that once commanded nations, often languished in his chamber without an attendant.

In this melancholy state, Morad commanded messengers to recal his eldest son Abouzaid from the army. Abouzaid was alarmed at the account of his father's sickness, and hailed by long journeys to his place of residence. Morad was yet living, and felt his strength return at the embraces of his Ion. Then comS

tbt Son of Morad1. British

manding him to sit down at his bedfide, "Abouzaid," fays he, "thy father has no more to hope or sear from the inhabitants of the earth: the cold hand of the angel of-death is now upon him, and the voracious grave howls for his prey. Hear therefore the precepts which experience dictates, let not my last instructions issue forth in vain. Thou hast seen me happy and calamitous, thou hast beheld my exaltation and my fair. My power is in the hands of my enemies, my treasures have rewarded my accusers; but my inheritance the clemency of the emperor has spared, and my wisdom his anger could not take away. Cast: thine eyes round thee; whatever thou beholdest will in a few hours be thine; apply thine ear to my dictates, and these possessions will promote thy happiness. Aspire not to public honours, enter not the palaces of kings; thy wealth will set thee above insult, let thy moderation keep below envy. Content thyself with private dignity, diffuse thy riches among thy friends, let every day extend thy beneficence, and suffer not thy heart lo be at rest till thou art loved by all to whom thou art known. In the height of my power, I said to defamation, Who wiH hear thee ? and to artifice, What eanst thou perform? But, my son, despise not thou the malice of the weakest; remember, that venom often supplies the want of strength, and that the lion may perish by the puncture of an asp."

Morad expired in a few hours. Abouzaid, after the months of mourning, determined to regulate his conduct by his father's precepts, and cultivate the love of mankind by every art of beneficence and endearment. He wisely considered, that domestic

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domestic happiness was first to be se- none to his retirements. Many who cured ; and that none have so much had been rejected in his choice of power of doing good or hurt, as friendship, now refused to accept his those who are present in the hour of acquaintance; and of those whom negligence, who hear the bursts of plenty and magnificence drew to his thoughtless merriment, and observe table, every one pressed forward to-> the starts of unguarded passion. He ward intimacy, thought himself overtherefore augmented the pay of all looked in the croud, and murmured his attendants, and requited every because he was not distinguished exertion of uncommon diligence by above the rest. By degrees every one supernumerary gratuities. When he made advances, and every one rewas congratulating himself upon the sensed his repulse. The table was fidelity and affection of his family, then covered with delicacies in vain; he was one night alarmed by robbers; the music sounded in empty rooms; who, being pursued and taken, de- and Abouzaid was left to form in dared, that they were admitted by solitude some new seheme of pleaone of his servants. The servant sure or security, immediately confessed, that he had He then resolved to try the force unbarred the door, because another of gratitude, and enquired for men not more worthy of confidence than of science, whose merit was obscured himself was entrusted with the by poverty. His house was soon leys. crouded with poets, sculptors, pain

Abouzaid was then convinced, ters, and designers, who wantoned in that a dependant could not easily be unexperienced plenty, and employed made a friend ; and that while many all their powers in the celebration of were soliciting for the first rank of their patron. But in a short time favour, all those would be alienated they forgot the distress from which *ho were disappointed. He there- they had been rescued; and began fore resolved to associate with a few to consider their deliverer as a wretch, equal companions selected from of narrow capacity, who was grow<among the chief men of the pro- ing great by works which he could ♦ince. With these he lived happily not perform; and whom they had for a time, till familiarity set them already overpaid by pondescending free from restraint, and every man to accept his bounties. Abouzaid thought himself at siberty to indulge heard their murmurs, and dismissed hit own caprice, and advance his own them; and from that hour continuopiniorrs. They then disturbed each ed blind to colours, and deaf to profiler withcontrariety of inclinations, negyric.

and difference of sentiments; and As the sons of art departed mutAbouzaid was necessitated to offend tering threats of perpetual infamy, one party by concurrence, or both Abouzaid, who stood at the gate, by indifference. called to himHamet the poet. " Ha

He then determined to avoid a met," said he, " thv ingratitude has close union with beings so discordant put an end to my hopes and expe•n their nature, and to diffuse him- riments. I have now learned the vaself in a larger circle. He practised nity of those labours, which expect the smile of universal courtesy, and to be rewarded by human benevo,ia»itedajl to his table, but admitted knee: I shall henceforth do good

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2S4. Remfirlablt Antcdeti es the Marquis es Ortnond. B ritish

and avoid evil without respect to th« deavourirtg to please him, and rc

opinion of men ; for I am convinced solve to solicit no other approba

at laic, that there is only one being tion." whom we are sure to please by en

Tt the Autbori of tht British Magazine.

Gentlemen,

The late disturbances made by the servants atRanelagh, on account of the intended design of suppressing their vails, put me in mind of the following passage in the Life of the Marquis (afterwards Duke) of Orrnond, which, 1 believe, will nut prove unentertaining to your readers, who may learn from this story that All our fashions are not borrowed from France.

I am, &c. W. R.

THE marquis having been invited by a French nobleman to pass some days at his house in St. Germain en laye, in compliance with an inconvenient English custom, at his coming away, left wiih the majtre d' hotel ten pistoles, to be distributed amongst the servants. It was all the rnoney he had, nor did he know how to get credit for more when he reached Paris. As he was on the road ruminating on this melancholy circumstance, and contriving how to Taise a small supply for present use, he was surprized at being told by his servant, that the nobleman at whose house he had been entertained, was behind, driving furiously, as if he was desirous of overtaking him.

The marquis, it seems, had scarce left St. Germain, when the distribution of the money he had given caused a great disturbance amongst the servants; w ho exalting their own service and attendance, complained of the sisjitre d' hotel's partiality. The nobleman, hearing an unusual noise in his family, and upon enquiry into the matter, finding what it was, took the ten pistoles, and causing horses to be put to his cha

riot, made all the haste that was possible after the marquis of Orrnond. The marquis, upon notice of his approach, got off his horse as the other quitted his chariot, and advanced 10 embrace him with great affe£tion and respect; but was strangely surprized to find a coldness in the nobleman, which forbad all embraces till he had received satisfaction in a point which had given him great offence. He asked the marquis if he had reason to complain of any disrespect or defect which he met with in the too mean, but very friendly entertainment, which his house afforded : and being answered by the marquis, that his treatment had been full of civility; that he had never passed so many days more agreeably in his life, and could not but wonder that the other sliould suspect the contrary : the Dobleman then told him, «« That the leaving ten pistoles to be distributed amongst the servants, was treating his house as an inn, and was the greatest affront that could be offered to a man of quality: that he paid his own servants well, and hired them to wait on his siicnds as well

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