to think how his timorous hand and affured them that he was able could deal such mortal blows; but to pay them for their attendance, he cleared up his amazement, figh- pointing to his dear casket, dearer ing: Ah, my dear casket ! my dear to him on account of the use for mother! The remainder of the voy- which it was designed. If the son's age was without any molchation. extasy was 'a moving fight, the moHe lands in te harbour of the city ther's confusion and self-accusations where he was born. With his casket could not be heard without pity, under his arm, and muffled up in his She openly charged herself with barcloak, he enquires where he may barity, and wished for life only to find his mother. Being come to her expiate her former guilt, by all the wretched lodging, the nurse, who tenderness which such a son so well opened the door, would not let him deserved. The priest and the phyin till he had the patient's leave, fcian added their tears to those and went back to know her plea- which nature and repentance had fure. Mrs. Disbures was surprized drawn. The very fame day Jacquo to hear that any one wanted to see had his mother removed to a more her. The distress she was in had decent place, where she was attended Joog fince kept away all those who, with the greatest care ; and the joy in the course of the world, are called of having so excellent a son, difpel. friends, and charity alone now be- ling the black humour which inItowed some visits on her; the there- fected her blood, he was foon out fore desired the nurse to ask the per- of danger. Jacquo was supremely fon's name who was at the door. happy in the fortunate fituation Her son, who overheard her, in the which he had fo ardently defired; heat of emotion cried out, It is yet his being at so great a distance Jacquo; and pushing open the door, - from a person whom he esteemed no halted to his mother's bed, where, less than he loved, would not long throwing bimself on his knees, with- allow him the full enjoyment of bis out being able to speak, he killed happiness. His mother, who now one of her hands. Ah, fon! cried' was become more ford of him than his mother, your presence and ten- ever she had been of her elder fon, derness increales the distraction of law, with concern, that Jacquo had my heart. I own before that just some fecret uneasiness ; fe urged God, when punishes me for my un. him to disclose his heart to her, and just harshness, that I did not deserve learnt what he had forsaken in order fo virtuous a fan. More the would to come to her allistance. Her af. have said, but her fon stopped her fection for him redoubled, and me mouth with a rapturous embrace, offered to go with him to Martinico, the first time fuck & favour had been Jacquo, who would never have taken permitted him ; and such a lively on hin, to ask such a favour, resense had he of it, that he was scarce ceived it with transport. They left himself. The priest and the phys- Fiance fuon after; and the beaucian coming in, interrupted the af. tiful widow, who had withstood the felting scene. Jacquo, with the great matches offered to her during greatest humility, thanked them for her lover's absence, at his firit visit the kindnels they had thewn to his consented to go with him to the al. mother, conjured them to fare her, tar. Her generous behaviour en.


deared her to Mrs. Desbures, who, These three persons, during a long being reformed by adversity, now course of years, found true happines resolved to employ the rest of her to be inseparable from a cordial dirlife in the careful discharge of what charge of the duties of their calling; the owed to the generous widow. and Mrs. Desbures especially was On the other hand, this lady, con- made sensible, that misery, vexation, sidering her as a mother, omitted and despair, are interwoven with the nothing to make her forget Europe. violation of those sacred duties.

Account of Mr. Macklin's New Piece called The True-born Scotchman,

lately performed at Dublin. Dramatis Perfonæ.

land from her childhood, at the deSir Pertinax Mac Sycophant Mr. Macklin fire of her grandmother, from whom Egerton (his fon)

Mr. Moffop she has inherited a large fortune. Lord Lumberhead

Mr. Dawson But Egerton has engaged his affecSidney (a clergyman, tutor Mr. Dexter, tions to Constantia, a beautiful orto Egerton)

S fince dead

phan of good family, whom lady Lady Mac Sycophant Mrs, Usher Constantia (an orphan de-?

Mac Sycophant has taken into her

Miss Ambross pending on her)

house, in pity to her distressed fituaLady Rodolpha daughter to ? Mrs. Kelf

tion. This virtuous maid returns Lord Lumberhead

his love on honourable terms; and Melvill an unknown stranger) Mr. Usher.

net: he, being resolved to marry her, SIR Pertinax Mac Sycophant is a applies for that purpose to Mr.

Scotsman of very small original Sidney the chaplain, who refuses to fortune, who has obtained a baro. perform the ceremony, partly from net's patent, and arrived at a high a consideration of his duty to Sir pitch of power and interest, by Pertinax, his patron, and partly on cringing and fawning on the great account of a strong attachment he men at the helm in England. He himself bears to the young lady.-has two sons, the eldest of whom, on Mean while, every thing being setsome family dispute, he has disphe- tled between lord Lumberhead and Tited; the youngest has been left an the knight, the latter thinks it high eltate of three or four thousand a time to introduce his fon to lady year, by a relation of his mother's, Rodolpha.---This is done, and they on condition of bearing his name of are left alone together :--He, with Egerton. This young gentleman is a generous openness, declares his fuppofed to have beeo educated in pre-engagement to another woman; England, and to have nothing of and the as frankly confeffes her fondThe Scorlipan about him. His fa- nefs for his own brother, who, on ther, whole thoughts are entirely his father's difpleasure, had fought mployed in contriving scheines for shelter in Scotland, where the had he aggrandizement of his family, known him. Sir Pertinax, having Projeês a match between his son no knowledge of this conversation, ind lady Rodolpha, daughter to lord .mentions the matter to Egerton, as Lumberhead, a young English lady, a thing in which he had no doubt of yho had been brought up in Scot- bis concurrence. The young man


refuses to comply, and, after many Sir Pertinax now makes no doubt Struggles, owns his love for Con- of his son's complying with his inftantia, and declares his fixed refo- clinations, and marrying lady Rolution never to marry any one but dolpha.-In the interim, Melvil, the her. The father at first is thunder- supposed lover, comes to the house, ftruck, but, after recollection, re- and is found not to be Constantia's solves to try the following expedient paramour, but her father, by name in order to effect his purpose. He Harrington, a decayed gentleman, sends for Sidney, and offers to give who had borne arms with honour him Confiantia in marriage, with a in the service of his country. This Jarge portion. He, tho' enamoured reconciles all seeming contradicions, of her, most generously refuses ; the and exhibits Conftantia's chara&er knight then proposes to him to con- in the most amiable point of view; trive that Egerton Mould debauch Egerton owns his previous marriage her, which would as effectually hin- with her, and lady Rodolpha her der the match, offering at the same inclination for Sir Pertinax's eldest time to make his fortune more than fon.--Upon this, not to lose the equal to his most sanguine expecta. advantage of such an alliance, the tions. The honest chaplain rejects knight declares his intention of tak. all his offers with the highest resent- ing him again into favour, and the ment, and they part not greatly marriage between him and lady Ropleased with each other, Sir Pertinax dolpha is foon agreed on. telling him, that “ since he won't The most material objection to pimp for his master, he must never this performance, is the tediousness hope to rise in the church." While of the dialogue, and the immoderate the knight is revolving these things length of the chief character; for, in his mind, he happens to intercept in order to thew Sir Pertinax in the a letter directed to Constantia, which, greater variety of different views, he on opening, he finds subscribed with has hurried on the catastrophe lo as the name of Melvil, and full of the to make it unnatural, by its exceffive most tender expressions. On quel suddenness, and the want of prepationing a servant, he is informed ration for it. There seems also to that this Melvil is a concealed lover be a fault in Sidney's love for Copof the young orphan's, and that it ftantia ; by its being disclosed fo is Mrewdly suspected he has had un- early, we are led to imagine, that warrantable freedoms with her, from the poet intends to make use of it the presents the has sent him, and to thicken the plot; instead of this the frequent interview's they have we hear not one word of is, excer! had together. Sir Pertinax, trans- what he himself mentions in the first ported with this intelligence, haftens frene, and it serves no purșose to to shiew the letter to his wife and merely to heighten his own chafon, who remain in the utmost hor- racter, which is of no great conkror and astonishmeni, not being quence to the play. This comedy able to account for it otherwise, is both local and temporary; for the than by supposing Constancia an satire is confined to the Scorch, 13 abandoned profligate. She is or the present times, and even to t. dered immediately to leave the house, present A- -n; so that it is i without being told her crine, and question whether the many exquilo

ftrokes of humour which it abounds this last production of Macklin's is: with, will be understood at the dir- poflefled of such merit, as to entitle tance of twenty or thirty years, its author to a place among our best However, upon the whole, I think cornic writers.

Account of the extraordinary Adventure which occasioned the Revolution

brought about by Zwinglius in Switzerland.---From Voltaire. THE Franciscans and Dominicans doctrine of the immaculate concep

I had been at open variance ever tion, saying, it was blasphemy, takGince the thirteenth century. The ing away from her Son the glory of interest of the Dominicans declined having washed her from original very much among the commonalty, fin and hell. Against this the Corfor paying less honour to the Virgin deliers played other apparitions. At than the Cordeliers, and denying, length, 1507, the Dominicans, hav. with St. Thomas, her being born ing gained over a young lay-brother, without fin : whereas the Cordeliers named Yerler, made use of him to ingratiated themselves every where, convince the people in their favour. by preaching up the immaculate It was the current opinion in the conception as mentioned by St. Bon convents of all orders, that a nonaventure. Such was the animosity vice, who had not profeffed, quitting between these two orders, that a the habit, continued in purgatory Cordelier preaching at Francfort, in till the final judgment, unless deli1503, on the Virgin, and seeing a vered by prayers and donations to Dominican come in, cried out, that the convent. he thanked God for not being of a The Dominican prior went one see which dishonoured the very Mo- night into Yetser's cell, muffled in ther of God, and poisoned emperors a kind of gown, painted all over with the host. The Dominican, with devils, and having heavy chains named Vigan, called out to him on him ; with him also were four that he lied, and was a heretic. ugly dogs, and his mouth, in Down comes the Franciscan from which had been put a small round his pulpit, stirs up the people, and box full of tow, cast forth flames. laying on his adversary with the This prior said to Yetser, that he crucifix, drives him out of the church, was an old monk, thrown into purso that Vigan was left for dead at gatory for having quitted the habit, the door. In 1904, the Dominicans but that he thould be delivered, if held a chapter, in which it was re- Yetser would be so kind as to have solved to be revenged on the Corde- himself scourged by the monks in liers, and to put an end both to their bis favour, before the great altar. interest and doctrine, by employing This Yerler did not fail to comply the Virgin herself against them. with, and thus delivered the said The place chosen for transacting this foul from purgatory. Soon after scene was Berne; during three years the grateful foul appeared to him in several stories were spread about of a white radiant habit, informing the mother of God appearing, and him, that it had been freed from upbraiding the Cordeliers with the purgatory, and admitied into heaven,


and recommending to him the ho- tion was he exposed to public vier nour of the Virgin so impiously at the great altar. Nandered by the Cordeliers.

In the mean time the poor breSome days after, St. Barbara, to ther, simple as he was, conceivis whom brother Yetser paid a great that the blessed Virgin's voice i devotion, appeared to him : it was no other than that of the sub-pri:.. another monk that played the part began to fufpe&i the fraud. On tes of St. Barbara; Me told him that it was thought proper to dispata he was sainted, and that the Virgin him by poison; and, at his receis. commillioned him to do her justice the communion, they gave hin: against the blaspheming Cordeliers. hoft sprinkled with soblimate corte

At last down comes the Virgin five; but the acridity made bim cat herself through the cieling, attended it out of his mouth; immediatek by two angels: fhe ordered him to the monks seized him, and bound declare, that she was born in origi- him as a facrilegious person. To nal fin, and that the Cordeliers were fave his life, the poor creature proher son's greateft enemies. She tar. mised that he would never reveal the ther told him, that she would honour fecret, and confirmed his promise on him with the five wounds, with which another hoft; but some time after, St. Lucy and St. Catherine had been finding means 'to make his escape, favoured.

he went, and, on oath, made a deThe following night, the monks posision of the whole affair before having given the brother fome opi- the magiftrates. The process lafted ated wine, they pierced his hands, tivo years, and terminated in the feet and side. On his awaking he burning of four Dominicans before found himself all over blood. He one of the gates of Berne, on the ift was told that those were the stigmata of May 1509, 0. S. the sentence promised him, and made by the being pronounced by a bishop deleblefied Virgin; and in this condi- gated from Rome.

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