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It was a rule with the pious re- this was in agitation, a young citidure to admit only youth, that the zen of Milan married one of the lemight have the opportunity of in- lect body. She was charming benocent and undebauched minds to yond most of the Milanese women receive her precepts : and that none of her time : they mutually loved : might out of envy misrepresent, those they were happy a long time; I think who were admitted came all in veils; the story says four months. At length and it was an act of irreligion for the husband, whose fondness increalany to attend them home, or to ed upon the poffeffion of such a watch with design to know who they jewel, became impatient under the
hours, which her devotion at the The families only of those who cave of the saint nightly stole from were admitted to the honour, knew his bed. He solicited to be admitof it, and they were daily edified ted of the number, but he solicited at second hand with the fermons it in vain : not his want of piety, of the good old lady. At length the but the Atrict order forbad it. If inhabitant of the venerated cave di. any could have been added to the ed, and was added to the number number, her dear husband must have of the faints : the sacred honours been the man. She proposed it at were paid to her remains; and her the next meeting : every body, the disciples obtained permillion, that told him, wilhed it, but the faiot they might be deposited in the very had left with none the power of docave where she had been used to ing it. The good man submitted: breathe forth her divine admoniti. but fubmission upon force is but an ons. The request was granted, and ill thing. He grew eager to know the corpse deposited with signal hom what was the secret rite ; perhaps nours. All Milan venerated the he grew suspicious. The lady had name: but her disciples, consisting left him about bed-time, to join of a number of young persons of fome more of the party who were to both sexes, used to ailemble at the go together to the cell. She had usual hours, to reverence her alhes, left one of her veils behind her: to repeat their devotions, and com- the husband put it on; went boldly mune with one another concerning to the door, knocked, and was adthe things which he had in her life. mitted. Happily he was the first time been used to say to them. there : he concealed himself in an None were admitted to these rites, obscure corner of the vault ; he law but those who had attended the liv- them enter into companies; he law ing saint, nor was it ever attempted the last admitted ; he fa. the perby the select body to add one to their son who kept the gate disminled; and number.
then he saw the rites begin. The ceremony had continued some The eye of man never was wirmonths: the people who resorted to ness to such a scene of lewdness and the cave were held in veneration by varied debauchery. The good man the whole church: the corpse pre- Saw every act of name committed ferved itself in a supernatural man- by then in presence of one another. ner, and miracles were wrought by It was not worth while to prevent it. There were thoughts of build- his wife's prostitution one night. ing a chapel over the vault. While Added to the many me bad enjoyed,
at was of no consequence. He was quiet till the morning. As foon saw her fucceffively the mistress of as he was dressed, he applied to a two of the male devotees. He was magistrate ; his oath was received : obliged to stay the ceremony out. the circumstances were too ftrong It was easy for him to escape among to admit a doubt. The people, as the firft crowd, in the confusion of many of them as were known, were going out, as soon as they had broke apprehended ; the husband got rid up. He was at home before his of his pious wife, and the body of
wife: he heard her repeat the ejacu- St. Guglielmina was burnt by the ► Jations and prayers of the whole bo- common hangman.
dy with christian edification, and he
HISTORY of BOB SCAMPER.--Extracted from The
History of the Robin-hood Society, lately published.
DOB Scamper was born in the bold hands of violence.
D weft of England, and was reck. A continuation in wickedness faoned a youth of enterprising genius, miliarises the mind to it, and whar and ready parts. At the age of at first a man would start even to eighteen he came to London, and think of, he at length pra&ises with having spent the five guineas be out horror. All guilt is progref. brought up with him on women of five : we go not at once, but ftes the town, was greatly at a loss to by step, into the extremes of vice: whar to betake himself. Poverty and tho'it is impoflible to silence the stared him in the face, and tho' he cries of conscience, and to stifle the had some good natural parts, and dictates of reason all at once, yet an a great afsurance, yet having no habitual violation of their admonilearning, he could get no genteel tions, brings us to an insensibility employment.. His female associates, of the horror of our crimes, and renhowever, foon furnified hints, which ders us quite callous to the sense of a lad of his ready wit and enterpri. shame, and deaf to every thing but fing spirit easily understood, and as the importunate cravings of sensual intrepidly executed. He turned col. appetite. lector on the road, and having fuc- Bob Scamper experienced the cess, rioted in the spoils he had ta- truth of these observations. In the ken, and with his girls enjoyed all day-time he mounted his horse, and the happiness he desired: not but robbed on the highway with the that sometimes it was dashed with fame composure as any other man some remorse, and the dread of the follows his cuftomary occupation, fatal consequences that might ensue. and at night he spent the ill-got But excess of drinking, the company treasure among whores and thieves, of libertines, and the conversation the encouragers of his wickedness, of his women, dispersed the clouds and the sharers of his spoils. that obscured his happiness, and con. This was a worthy member of a firmed him in the resolution he had society that met to improve them. taken to plunder and rob the pub- selves by free and candid inquiry; lic, and to gain a livelihood by the but captain Scanner, as he was intitled, was well received by all. He second class of orators. He spoke was a tall handsome fellow, endued to every question, and tho' what he with a power of face that disdained said had no great depth or much a blush, and though not wise was meaning, yet being delivered froin witty, though not learned was inge. the mouth of a man that was exnious, and had a power of impo- tremely well drefied, and with no sing on the understandings of those bad accent or ill grace, it was alhe conversed with, and making them ways well received, and the speaker believe him to be what he was not. was confidered as a very great geni. He dreiled well, had a free and de- us, and an ornament to the society, gagée air, wanted not words, and But this ornament of the society addressed the passions of those he did not last above five years and a conversed with, with so much half. He had committed a robbery skill and success, that you could not on Hounslow-Heath, and take a help giving him credit for much booty of no less than three hundred more understanding than he pof- guineas. The gentleman he had sessed.
robbed, happened accidentally to There are two kinds of people that come to the Effex-Head one Monare better thought of in most com- day evening, and the moment he panies, than their intrinsic merit de 'entered the room, captain Scamper serves: these are the folemn prig, had got up to speak to the question. and well-dressed coxcomb. The firtt, The question was Wherber ibe dec. by the help of a full-trimmed grave trine of repentance taught by the chrifsuit, and a large peruque, a saga- tian religion, has not a manifef (184 cious look, and a slow delivery, shall denty to encourage wickedness ? make you take hiin for a second So.
· DEISTICUS. lon. The most unmeaning speech, Scamper, after defiring the prethe tritest observation, the most fu- fident to read the question again, perficial hint, delivered in a dry, yet spoke to it in the best manner be important, now but solemn tone, could. He vindieated christianity in and enforced by some shakes of the general, and demonstrated that all head, shrugs of the shoulders, and its doctrines tended to the support significant hand-oratory, shall be re- of morality, by discountenancing all ceived as the di&tates of wisdom, and manner of vice. He shewed its suprocure the speaker the character of perior excellency over all the religie the Solomon of the age.
ons that had ever appeared in the The other, aided by his taylor, world ; he proved the authenticity millener, and barber, tho' he gives of the sacred writings, and defied the vent to the fulness of his soul only deists, with all their ingenuity, to by dry jokes, and infipid remarks, point out any defects in them. He is yet listened to with attention, and observed of our Saviour's sermon on heard with pleasure. No one will the mount, that as it comprehended dare to contradict the assertions of in one concise view, all the do&rines a wit, with laced cloaths, bag-wig, and precepts of christianity, so it and a sword; and thus folly is re- was the most sublime system of eceived for wisdom, and vivacious im- thics in the world. He took notice, pudence for genius.
that not only the philosophers and Scainper was to be ranked in this sages of the heathen world, considered
constable was importunate, and be. In a fortnight, abundance of peoing somewhat irritated at his oblti- ple swore to their being robb’d by nacy, told him he must enter it. him ; and by means of some of his The captain stared, bit his lips, and girls, three of his confederates were was mute. The gentleman and his taken, and sent to bear him compaservant now came up, and the latter ny. In due time, their trials came opening the coach-door, waited for on at the Old Baily, and they were his master to enter. But he was too found guilty, and sentenced to be complaisant to go in before the cap. hang'd. tain, and bowing to him, asked him Scamper had very little hopes of to go in first. The captain still de- gaining a reprieve, yet did not preclin'd it, and they insisted on it in pare for death in the manner he a higher tone, and declar'd that he ought. His favourite do&trine, reshould go whether he would or not, pentance, he hardly thought of, at Already was half the captain's sword least he did not practise it. He drank out of the scabbard, and he had re- to such excess, that when the hour folv'd to refift their utmost efforts, came that he was to suffer an ignowhen a whiltle from the conftable minious death in the light of a numade him ftare, and of a sudden merous and gaping populace, be suspended his action. Immediately seem'd quite insensible of his fate. three strapping fellows came up, and He was put into the cart with his the constable pointing to Scamper, companions, and they were driven and telling them to do their duty, to Tyburn. The fatal rope was they took away his sword, hurried fasten'd round their necks--the orhim into the coach, the gentleman, dinary told them they were going his servant, and the constable fol- to another world the cart was lowing, and drove off to justice de driven away- and they were left Veil's.
suspended in the air. I shall not multiply words. The Thus perish'd Bob Scamper, a gentleman and his servant (wore po- map of no mean abilities, but who sitively that he was the person that prostituted them to infamous purrobbed them on Hounslow-Heath. pores, and lived an immoral, viHe was search'd ; a powder horn, a cious life, though ever haranguing pair of pistols, a mask, and fome in the society, on the beauty of hoother things were found on him. liness, and the necessity of repentHis mittimus was made, and he was ance. sent to Newgate.
ESS A Y on FLATTER Y.
“ ITIS majesty hath expreft his pleasure, must every sincere lover
11 displeasure against flattery, of his country feel at such an indiespecially from the pulpit.” What cation of true wisdom and magnaan idea mult this give every one of nimity! the greatness of his judgment, and Flattery always supposes a weakthe goodness of his disposition ! ness and imbecillity in the intellects
What a secret, though sensible of the person influenced by it.