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think of executing a scheme which how she had been turned out upon The had long in agitation.--She saw the charity of an inhospitable world, Maria treated by every-body with and exposed to the most pinching the greatest respect, and beheld her poverty and disgrace; how for a seown daughter, tho' drest out in all ries of years the had been treated as the fashionable foppery of the times, an alien to her father's family, and and infinitely more attended to, re- even denied the most trivial necesceived, with a degree of insipid civi- faries, while strangers were rioting lity that bordered upon contempt. on her mother's fortune ; she flew to -The shameful neglect which Ma her husband, whose happiness was ria experienced at home, gave a centered in obliging her, and paint. constant luftre to her merit when ing out the miserable situation of abroad, and if the found no kind of her father, obtained his consent to countenance in her own family, she settle three hundred a year of her met witb the highest in every other pin-money on him, to alleviate so place. — This was a circumstance distressing an incident : with this the which galled Mrs. Webley to the immediately took coach, and provery soul, and being moreover fear- ceeded to her father's. The door ful that the regard so universally was now thrown open at her apshewn to Maria, would be a means proach ; and being introduced to of obftruding any favourable ad- the old gentleman's presence, they dresses which might be made to her gazed upon one another for some own daughter, she took a speedy op- moments, and then burst into a muportunity of quarrelling with that tual flood of tears. unhappy young lady, and being, as Mr. Webley's misfortunes had the generality of those of her prin- opened his eyes to the strangeness of ciples most commonly are, both ma- bis conduct, and nobody could be fter and mistress of the house, very more ready to condemn it than himfairly turned her out of doors,—Ma. self. What then must we judge his ria was not however destitute of a emotions to be, when a daughter protector, tho' she had lost a father, whom he had left deftitute of bread A young fellow, with a good under- came to offer him a genteel allow. standing and a splendidestate, who had ance for life; and the same eyes long solicited her favourable opinion, which he had steeped in tears of the and gained it, took that opportuni- keenest distress, came to fill his with ty of presling for her hand, and was drops of unutterable joy? his gratimade the happiest of men.
tude as a man, his feelings as a faMaria was married about five ther, instantly rushed upon his soul; years, during which time, though she he dried his eyes, looked full in his had often entreated for a reconcili- daughter's face for some moments, ation, she never could be admirced then capering about the room with to the presence of her father ; when, the phrenzy of a bedlamire, burft taking up the Gazette, one Satur- afreth into tears. Suffice it, howday-evening, he met with his name ever, that his affairs were settled, he among the list of bankrupts, and retired into the country, upon this instantly fainted on the floor : me yearly allowance, bui did not live was however foon brought to her long enough to enjoy the firti quarself, when, forgeriing in a moment ter : the mortification of being a
bankrupt, the consciousness of his of mind peculiar to herself, in an family errors, and finally, the very instant dispelled their apprehensions, generosity of his daughter, which by a continuation of two hundred a was intended to sweeten the remain- year, during her life ; and without der of his life, proved a means of ever stooping to hint any thing of hurrying him to his end: the agita- their former behaviour, told them, tion of bis mind threw the gout in that they must consider it as no his stomach, and he died in Ma- compliment, since the looked upon ria's arms, in the fiftieth year of it as an indispensible duty which the his age. His wife and daughter ought to pay to the memory of her now thought themselves utterly un- father. I am, &c. RG. done ; but Maria, with a greatness
A Relation of the Conspiracy agains Peter III. the late Czar of Muscovy, ex
tra&ted from a suppressed Book, entitled Ruffian Anecdotes. PETER JII. was at Oranienbaum, had his pistol cocked to shoot hiin I attended with a splendid court; through the head, had not a third, the Empress was at Petershoff with more humane, prevented it. He a small retinue. Prince George of was brought in a wretched carriage Holstein, the Emperor's uncle, was to the gate of the palace, where an returned to Petersburgh with his order was given to conduct him to his family, to give some orders relative house, and to keep him prisoner to the Emperor's approaching voy- there with his whole family. At his age into Germany. The whole return home, he found his house city of Petersburgh enjoyed that pro. plundered, his' children robbed and found tranquillity, and was wrapped stripped almost naked, and his in that silence and repose, that often officers and servants Mut up in a , precedes great revolutions. All of cellar. In the mean time all the a sudden the storm arose, and spread other regiments, with the clergy universal terror among all ranks and and colleges, were assembled in the orders. In the midst of this con- palace by an order from the Emfusion the Empress appeared escort. press. Aftonishment, terror, dired by a company of guards, who content, dejection, and malice, were cried continually, Long live the Em. painted in their faces; a manifesto prefs Catharine! while the brutal was drawn up to exhort the people multitude joined in the cry, without to thank heaven for having inspired knowing or enquiring what it meant. them with perjury and treason, and Prince George of Holstein hearing the oaths were taken to Catherine, the noise, observing the cannons who, the same evening, marched placed before the Imperial palace, with her guards and a train of arand seeing all things in confusion, tillery, to seize the person of the mounted his horse in order to join Emperor, and disarm his German the Emperor at Oranienbaum, at-, troops. This prince had passed the tended by a single hussar. He was night very quietly at Oranienbaum, stopped by a troop of the horse. and the next morning went to Peterguards ; one of these barbarians Shoff, with an intention to dine with pulled him off his horle, and another the Empress; fome fay, with a de
fign to secure her person--and this even of his menial servants, were is not improbable. Surprised not permitted to follow him. As soon to find the Empress there, he guessed as the news of the Emperor's imat the mystery, though all possible prisonment reached Petersburg, and precautions had been taken to cut the people had time to return from off all intelligence from him. His their intoxication, repentance, shame, first resolution was to oppose force and discontent, discovered themselves to force, and to defend himself with in many who had been concerned his German troops; but by old in this revolution. The guards, Munich's advice he repaired to "more particularly, were alhamed of Cronstad, where the fleet lay. Here their perfidy, accused each other of he was told by an officer, that there treason, and only wanted a bold was no Emperor in Russia, and that leader to fet Peter at liberty, and to the reins of government were in the restore him to his throne, hands of Catharine. It was un Our author mentions no more of Juckily but about half an hour be- the circumstances of the death of fore his arrival, that the officer had this prince than the dreadful cries received orders from the Empress to that were heard from his chamber make the whole garrison take the the day he expired, which intimated oath of allegiance to her alone.. the most violent torment. His fuThe Emperor returned to Oranien. Deral pomp was such as would rather baum, aud though he had with him bàve suited an infamous malefa&tor, 300 huffars and dragoons well than the grandson of Peter the Great, mounted, and ready to spend the whole only crime was a want of laft drop of their blood in his ser- prudence on certain occasions. A vice, though the road to Livonia regimental-coal, and four wax-canwas open, and a formidable army, dles, composed the whole of his funein which he could confide, was ready ral state. Strangers were invited io receive him in Germany, though to see the traitor, as some of his barhis retinue was more than sufficient barous and ungrateful subjects af. co triumph over all the obstacles he feded to call him; and his body was could meet with in his way, yet placed, by four domeftics of the he surrendered himself to the Em. court, in a vault between those of press in a manner more humbling the unfortunate princeffes, Anne and painful to a generous mind, and her daughter. than death itself in its worst form : The voice of fame attributes the for nothing can be more ingloricus sudden, painful, and violent death, than the abdication of the throne, of this unfortunate monarch, to the which' he was forced to fign when orders of a certain princess, whom he fell into the hands of his amiable our author defends very weakly, confort, an abdication which pro- and perhaps not very fincerely, dence ought to have hindered his against this horrid charge. He atenemies to publish. After this, he tributes, indeed, this deteftable crime was brought to Petersoff, where he to those who had been employed in was separated from his favourite Hu- , dethroning him, and who muft na. dowitz, and his mistress the counters (urally have dreaded the effects of Fioron2ef, and was sent from thence his just resentment, had he lived and 1. Robich, an old castle about 18 been lucky enough to have made his bilistion Petersburgh, where none, peace with the Empress,
Tbe HERMIT of LEBANON. A TAL e.
M OST travellers that have visit- ture of the mountain, at the bot. V ed the eastern parts, agree, tom whereof runs a large current that the present inhabitants are re- of water, which tumbles down the markably stupid and illiterate ; and, rocks in numerous cascades. The that ignorance has drawn her tene- murmur of these falling streams, and brous mantle over the countries the hollow found of the wind among where formerly the lamp of wisdom the trees, increase the solemnity of fhone with diftinguished lustre. This the place, and tend greatly to comobservasion, however true it may be pose the mind, and inspire the soul in general, is not just with regard with reflections worthy of irs na. to every individual. There are till ture: both sides of this charm are some persons whose minds are illu- remarkably fteep, and covered with uninated with the rays of science, and trees of the most beautiful verdure, who liudy, and, I dare say, practise many of which, being of the aromatoo, the precepts of virtue and reli- tic kind, render the air delightfully gios. Several of this kind I have fragrant. The church of this conseen in my travels, particularly an vent is a large grotto, and in one aged hermit, whom I fortunately of the windows are three bells, which met with, when I visited the cele- ferve to call the monks to their debraied mountain of Lebanon in votions; (a favour allowed them no 1746. It would be foreign from where else in all the Turkih domi. the intention of this letter, to at. nions. The convent itself stands tempt a particular description of this at the mouth of a large cave ; and, famous mountain, from whence the except two or three rooms, is wholly cedars were brought for building the composed of subterraneous apart. temple of Solomon, the most splen- ments, did ltructure the world ever saw; but After viewing every part of this time has strangely changed the face fequeftered retreat, the hermit conof this country. The extensive fo- duced us to his cell, which stood on refts of Lebanon, which contained the margin of the same chasm, such multitudes of spreading cedars, about a quarter of a mile from the are reduced to one single grove of convent. ' Before the entrance of this about a mile in circumference, con. homely mansion was a large spreadtaining about eighteen large cedars, ing tree; and on the right side a a confiderable number of small ones, small stream, which had its rise at and a few pines. While we were some distance above, in the side of viewing the cedars, an aged hermit the mountain, and here tumbled inapproached us; and, after making to the torrent at the bottom of the some remarks on these famous trees, chasm. It is still the custom among conducted us to the convent of Canno- the inhabitants of the East, to enterbine, built on the declivity of Leba- tain their guests under a tree; a cir. non, in the most retired and roman cumstance the more pleasing to me, tic situation that can poffibly be as it resembled the practice of the conceived. It stands on the north ancient patriarchs, and filled my side of a remarkable charm or rup- mind with the most pleaớng ideas
of antient simplicity. After a mort mayelt want thy share on this side Tepast, we asked the hermit how the grave, comfort thyself with this long he had resided in that solitary pleasing this animating thought, habitation ; and why he chose to re- that if thou art really pious, thou clude himself from fociety. To malt have large poffeßions in the which he was pleased to an!wer, ad- regions that be beyond it. These dressing himself to me; “I am a stílccions, my fin, will unravel the native of Scio, a famous island of intricacies of Providence, and solve The Archipelago, and not a ftranger the perplexing riddies of life. Conto the customs of Europe, having sider thine adversities will shortly studied seven years at Romne; and terminate, and the most poignant after my return, lived many years afiliations foon reach their period. jn ny native country; but, being The clouds of adverfity, darkness, and desirous of retiring from the world, ignorance, that now spread a gloom and spending the remainder of my over all the regions of thy breast, days in folitude, I repaired to this will retire at the appearance of the mountain, where I have now lived torch of wisdom ; and when the sun above forty years, and experienced of religion arises in his strength, they more real pleasure and satisfaction will vanilh and be seen no more. If in this fequeftered grotto, than in while thy lille bark rides on the all the noise, the bustle, and hurry, ocean of this world, rough storms of this busy world. Curiosity, my and contrary blasts aların ihy fears ; fon, doubtless, inspired thee with a yet, remember that the voyage is desire of visiting this famous moun- mort, and the danger will soon be tain ; but ihat the journey may not over; and, though the skies may be wholly in vain, attend to the in- darken, and the lowering aspect of Structions of the aged, and let the the heavens terrify and surprize Hoary head teach thee wisdom. thie; yet be assured that brighter Weigh not the dispensations of bea- scenes will soon clear thy sight, and ven in the imperfect balance of bu- more serene prospects ravith and de. man reason; but be religned to the light thy soul; tho' the waves may finger of the Almighty. Murmur roar, and the billows appear as not at the seeming frowns of Pro- mountains, yet winds, storms, convidence, and the distribution of fusions, and disorders, nay, even Fiches in this imperfect state, for death itself, shall all conspire to waft they are continually fluctuating like thee to the Impyrean More. Let the waves of the ocean, and sooner dir- consideration of the uncertainty of fipated than the morning inilt. Re. life be a continual memento of thy member judgments are not sent in fluctuating condition; acquaint thyvain, nor mercies belowed without self with the monuments of death, cominillion. The actions of Omni. and contract a familiarity with the potence are directed by infinite wife king of terrors. Remember the dom, whicb cannot err. Repine omniscient eye of heaven observes all moi, therefore, at thy mortal lot, but thy actions, and let not death furalways take the present and future prize thee in an unguarded hour. Itate in coonedion.
Accumulate not riches to thyself, Consider this world is not the neither be thou coverous of large whole of existence; and though thou potefions. Lét thy request to hea