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married state. Far be it from me to deed which would be perpetrated insinuate here, that matrimony is an should he be later. Let us then object to be dreaded on these ac- leave him for a while pursuing his counts; neither would I by any means journey; and take a retrospect of the deter man from entering upon it; events which bad occurred previously but, on the contrary, would recom- to the present juncture. mend the union of two kindred souls, Edmund de Watteville was the only ever anxious to promote each other's son of an opulent Norman lord, and happiness, as the highest pitch of he was, consequently, the peculiar human felicity. Love will make such object of paternal solicitude and affeca slavery delightful, will deem no tion. He was educated according to sacrifice too great to augment the the received inodes of bis age; and, pleasures of the beloved object. in conformity to the popular opinion,
Hence, then, we consider the love was taughi to consider inilitary prowof woman to be the more powerful ess as the highest attainable excel. passion, and consequently possesses lence of man. The softer arts of life, greater influence over the actions of and the polish which fits an indivipien. And that however deep the dual for ihe more gentle intercourse love of liberty may be rooted in the of society, were entirely neglected; human heart, and whatever sacrifices feats of arms, tournaments, battles, a man may make for the enjoyment sieges, distressed damsels, and infus of it, he will make much greater, and riate tyrants, glowed in his youthful even immolate liberty herself, at the bosom, and gave a romantic ardour to shrine of the beloved object. his thoughts, which held forth a proLonaon, June 20, 1909. C.S.
mise of future excellence, beyond what even a fond parent could wish
for. He was early distiaguished by EDMUND DE Watteville. A Nor- a spirit of resistance, and a sanguinary
MAN Tale. Translated from the severity of resentment, which, in that GERMAN.
age, bore the false' appellations of
While For the Universal Magacine.
migranimity and honour.
yet a youth he had signalized himselt The evening began to close, and at the bead of a few chosen ?nen, by
the lowering clouds threatened repelling the attack of a desperate an approaching storm, while the keen banditti on the estate of a neighbourporthi wind, which whistled through ing lord. But as he advanced in the leafless branches of the forest, pears, his courage became gradually presented an aspect of desolation to hardened into desperate ferocity, and the weary traveller. To a mind less warlike force obtained for him what liardy than that of Edmond's, this might be denied to justice or enwould have been sufficient to deter treaty. from braving its united horrors by His father, though he beheld with entering, that night, the immense admiration the martial qualities of his wood which now stretched before son, yet often reflected with anxiety him. But he was impelled by a mo- upon the impetuosity of his temper, tive superior to any consideration of which, united with such qualities, personal danger; all subordinate ap- might, he feared, lead to the most prehensions were absorbed in the fatal consequences. Sometimes, ingreater one of being too late to stop a deed, he would endeavour to awaken dreadful sacrifice to resentment. in the mind of Edmund a sense of the
Thus incited, he spurred his willing necessity of curbing his passions; steed, and entered at once the gloomy but his admonitions were ineffectual, track which lay before him. Un- and often drew from the youth some conscious, or fearless of danger, be bitter taunt or sarcastic reflection.omitted the precaution of loading the “ You must be sensible," he would fire-arms which he had about him; often observe, “ how little can be he was anxious only to reach the gained by coercion. Force will be Chateau de Rouligne, yet twenty repelled by force, and insult by inleagues distant, ere sun rise the next sult; and though superior numbers murning; for he knew the horrid or courage may for a time enable UNIVERSAL MAG, VOL. XI.
you to remain triumphant, yet the of a murdered father. Giving the injury which is unprovoked can never rein, one day, to his sanguinary be forgotten; and those whom you passion, he exclaimed, “Oh Nature! despoil to-day, may in their turn to- why didst thou not give me power morrow despoil you. Remember, equal to my will ? Why was I that warfare is not the peculiar right not rather the aspiring offspring of a of one man ; it is the privilege of all; regal sire, than of him whom the and he, who, by petty depredations world now calls my father? I would and wanton insults, makes every man have been familiar with slaughter, his enemy, must expect one day to ere the dawn of manhood bloomed become the victim of every man's upon my cheek. Groans of death revenge. I would teach you, that should have been the most pleasing forbearance alone can command re- music to my ears, and I would have spect, happiness, or safety; and that glatted my sight with the writhings a promptitude to support justice, to of condemned victims, when drops redress grievances, and to protect of agony stood upon their brow, and virtue, should be united with a heart their whole frame shook with the formed for social happiness, and an tremblings of convulsed nature.understanding willing to discriminate These should have been my delight: between rectitude and obliquity.” these must be it. I cannot calm the
These cautions, however, had but phrenzy of mind which pants for little effect upon the conduct of Ed- pleasures congenial to its feelings!" mund. He still gloried in recount-- Such depravity could be restrained ing how many had fallen by his arm, by no common means. But he bad and what new' attempts he purposed hypocrisy equal to his other passions, making upon the property of others, and he ar length assumed an apparent His anxious sire beheld with afflic- 'tranquillity of mind and deporument, tion how obnoxious he every day be. which easily deceived the willing facame to the surrounding nobles, and ther, who was anxious to believe foresaw that a few months would in- what he had long wished. Several evitably involve him in that ruin which days elapsed in this manner, during his profiigate son was hourly accumu- which frequent conversations took lating over his head. Reduced to the place between them. Nothing now last extremity, he resolved to use appeared which could excite the coercive measures, and however smallest suspicion as to the truth of painful to his feelings, yet the gene- the change, and he was finally reral safety of himself and family de- stored to that perfect liberty which manded that he should restrain bis his licentiousness liad forfeited. licentious conduct. He therefore It was now that he began to recompelled bim to keep within the flect bow he should resume his forbounds of his own domain, and by mer conduct, and yet not expose dismissing all his retainers, he re- himself to similar consequences. "His duced him to the necessity of aban- retainers were dismissed, his exdoning, at least for a time, his pre- penses were retrenched, and his datory conduct. The fiery youth actions watched with unceasing atraged, in vain, at this decree; impe- tention. Thus circumstanced, he felt rious circumstances demanded it, and it necessary to lull every fear asleep the father yielded to no entreaties. by a continuance of his peaceable
During this restriction many fruit. deportment. He appeared, therefore, Jess attempts were made to soften the to enjoy with all possible zest the ferocity of his nature, and to lead him conversation and aniusements of his back to reason and humanity. He family. He would otten join in the resisted them all by a sullen silence, chace of the wild boar with his fawhich he never broke except when ther and the other neighbouring noalone. Then, sometimes, he expiated blemen, and partake with them its upon the scenes of blood which he various amusements. His evenings would one day triumpli in; and ofien he spent in domestie enjoyments, in the height of his savage exulta- and in the placid occupations of the tion at imaginary sacrifices, he would female part of his family. His modare to intermingle the ideal groans ther, ever anxious for the welfare of her children, beheld with unfeigned public intimation of an intended tourrapture this apparent change in her nament to be held in the castle on son, while her daughter Julia de the marriage of his youngest daughter, Watteville, an interesting girl, now Emily de Lancy, to the young Count in her eighteenth year, yet hoped she Marino. Every preparation was mind find a future protection in him made to unite splendour with hospiwhen her parents were no more. tality. Among the illustrious visitors
Such was the close deception young on the occasion were the Baron de Edmund was enabled to carry on by Watteville and his family. A greater his consummate art. But the day display of military prowess was exwas not far distant when all these pected on this occasion than, perhaps, bright prospects were to be destroy- had ever before dignified the nuptials ed, and all the fondest hopes of his of any nobleman. Every knight was parents for ever' buried.
anxious to retrieve former losses, or to Among the various noblemen who increase former glories. Those wbo possessed estates in the spacious fo- had reaped ihe highest renown in the rest of Ardennes, was the Baron de field of battle were yet willing to Lancy, a man of immense possessions increase it on the present occasion ; and splendid fortune. His magnifi- those who had scarcely ever wielded cence kept pace with his opulence, hostile arins, felt an ambition to beand be frequently held justs and come illustrious among the illustrious. tournaments in his castle, to which Such general ardour was, perhaps, he invited all those whom rank, for- never before excited on a similar tone, or military glory had raised to occurrence; but the Baron's known distinction. On ihese occasions it liberality, munificence, and hospitawas customary for all the most cele- lity, were such as inspired the coldest brated ladies to be present, and to bosoms with a desire to distinguish bestow, after the combat, the meed themselves. of victory on the hero who renained Amid this general anticipation of triumphant. Such an assemblage of future glory, young Edmund was not beauty usually inspired the comba- inactive. Other motives than the tants with more than common ar- mere impulse of renown actuated his dour; and many a knight would ra. bosom: he bad, himself, formerly ther die upon the field, than suffer advanced his pretensions to the hand his opponent to receive the guerdon. of Emily. The offer was rejected Female ideas were not, in that rough with some degree of contempt on her period, of so delicate a cast as now; part, and with coolness on that of the they could then behold with few Baron's. But Edmund, unused to emotions of terror, or even pity, the brook contradiction, or to be repulsed farious clash of arms and streaming in the pursuit of any object he had gashes of the warlike combatants; once assimilated to his mind as neanxious only for the safety of him cessary to his happiness, persisted in whom they had honoured, from mo- his importunities till they became tives of affection, with marks of their disgusting to the one and insolent to esteem. The revolting, sentiments the other. Finding it impossible to which, in this enlightened age, would advance his suit with any prospect of possess the mind of every British success, he, as usual, determined to fair, at the sanguinary scenes of employ torce and art to effect his slaughter which were then prevalent, designs. He justly suspected a rival would be painful beyond sufferance; to be the cause of his rejection, and and it is, perhaps, not asserting too the very idea was sufficient to awaken much to say, that they now feel inore in his bosom the most batetul passympathy and generous anxiety at sions. Resolved to ascertain the the 'fictitious representations of the truth of his suspicions, he began to theatre, than the ancient warlike derise means by which to arrive at dames did at the sanguinary conflicts that certainty. Bribery, he knew, of romantic ardour.
was one effectual method, and someTo return, however, to the subject times the shortest. This he tried, of my narrative. It happened, about and played off his golden artillery this period, that the Baron bad given upon the fueble resistance of a do
mestic in the Baron de Lancy's ser- VOYAGE from Port JACKSON 10 vice. This man, whose name was PRINCE OF Wales's Island.-Gasparo, he allured over to his inter- Extracted from the Letters of a ests, and made him instrumental in
Lady bie dacie," but of revenging
it when W Thursdayomvening, the 21st ascertained. Having, by the intervention of this New South Wales corps, their wives
of April, 1803, with a division of the faithless servant, gained admission and children, a number of prisoners secretly into the garden, he concealed with their families, and a quantity of himself behind some trees, so that he stores, for Norfolk island. The nunniight be unobserved, and yet watch ber of our officers was the same as all the motions of those whom he when we left England, with the adsuspected. He had learned that it dition of a second lieutenant. The was their principal amusement, in an greatest regularity is observed, and evening, to walk and discourse on themes of love and future bliss. Ed- ful, and happy.
every one appears comfortable, cheer. mund, like another Satan, resolved, hough he could not himself enjoy, boisterous and tedious. Anne was as
Our passage to Norfo
island was yet to blast the enjoyments of others, and be wished to learn who this suc- sea-sick as ever, and confined to her cessful rival was, that he might sacri- bed almost the whole way. We fice him, not to his jealousy, but to arrived off the island on Sunday his sanguinary passions. His actions morning, May the 8th. The cutter did not proceed from the feelings of and jolly-boat were immediately an injured man, wounded in that hoisted out, and the passengers land. peace of heart which a beloved mis- ed at Carcade with great expedition, tress alone could give; they were the notwithstanding there was no vestige result of a more than fiend-like fero- remaining of a wharf that had been city, which murdered the happiness constructed there, and the surf made it could not reach.
landing on the rocks very unsafe.He waited impatiently for their Although I received, by the return approach; and his impatience height of the boats, a terrific account of the ened biş resentinent. At length he dangers attending the passage over a heard the distant murmur of voices; Jong, parrow.plank, placed over a they drew nearer, and he perceived, chasm in the rocks, a fall from which indistinctly, fornis approaching. The would be inevitable destruction, my tumult of his soul arose; and as they desire to go on shore predonsinated approached, irresolute and weak, he over every, fear, and a few hours knew not how to act; whether to afterwards I obtained a reluctant perrush like a lion on his unguarded Inission to land. Equipping myself victim, or to dog him to a place of therefore in a habit, whilst Kauny more convenient sacrifice. While he put up a few things in a trunk, I was thus debating within himself, reconciled my darling boy to my abthey approached nearly opposite the sence, by, promises of the fine things spot where he lay concealed: their I should bring from the shore, and at conversation was now distinct, and, four o'clock left the ship with my before he could justly discriminate brother in a boat, of which the maswho they were, the following words ter took charge. caught his eager attention :-" I tell I have before informed you of you, Edmund never shall possess her ; there being no harbour or good anmy dagger should sooner drink his chorage for shipping at Norfolk heart's blood, than he disgrace my island. We had to row for some family by an alliance." As these distance in a very rough sea. When words were uttered, they turned into we reached the landing place, a rope, another path, and were out of sight made fast to a ring at the stern of the in a moment.
hoat, was held by the other end by
the people on shore, who, at the [To be continued.)
favourable jūncture for landing, bawled out, as the surf receded, “now, now, now." Eagerly, in my crops of Indian corn. A charming turn, obeying this signal, I somehow shady walk between banana-trees drew the rope with such force after winds for some distance round the me, that, catching the master under bottom of the hills, and leads to a the chin, it jerked his head over the hut belonging to government, and a side of the boat, and threw his feet garden that produces as fine oranges up into the air : luckily the people in as those at Rio de Janeiro. the boat caught hold of his legs, or The governor having been at the he would have been overboard. The trouble of getting his single horse fright I had then accidentally given chaise (the only carriage in the island, the old sailor, with the ludicrous cir- and which had been for some time cumstances attending it, made me out of repair) put to rights to accomlaugh, and; together with the impe- modate ine, I set out immediately tuosity with which it was necessary atier breakfast the next morning on a to land, drove all thoughts of the ride to Carcade, accompanied by a danger of crossing the plank out of lady in the chaise, and three gentlemy head till I was fairly over it, men on horseback. I have already escorted by my companions. We given a description of this road as it set off for Sydney, and by the time appeared when I walked it by moonwe bad got balf way the moon rose, light, but one of its chief beauties I and made the remainder of the walk could not at that time discern. The truly delightful. The scenery around vines of a lively green, bearing a dewas roniantic, the road running be- licate lilac flower, in shape resemtween pine-trees, which rise to a bling the convolvulus, creeping round majestic height. One of these was the trunks of the lofty pines, joined cut down whilst I was at Norfolk together in many parts, and hanging island, and measured three hundred down between them in festoons, have and eighty feet in length. As we an elegant effect. There is likewise approached Sydney we were met by growing in great abundance a dark Colonel Foveaux, who has been go- green shrub, with a large glossy leat, vernor here for some time; who very containing a poisonous juice. Proin politely welcomed us on shore. the summit of the hill, on the Car
The next morning, Monday, seve- cade side, there is a pretty view of ral gentlemen accompanied me to the village of Phillipbuirg in a valley see the new government-house, build- with the hills bordering on the sea, ing under the direction of the lieute- of which there is an extensive prosnant governor. It will be a large and pect between seven sugar-loaf emisubstantial house, pleasantly situated nences. on a gentle eminence, commanding The chief purport of my visiting a view of the town of Sydney, Turtle Carcade was to call on Virs. F. and bay, and Nepean and Phillip islands. to introduce the lady that accompaOn these islands there are a variety of pied me to her, with the bope that choice shells, but difficult to be got her society might be soothing to her at, on account of their adhering to wounded mind, and help to sufien sharp rocks that prevent the use of this seclusion from her native counthe dredge.
try and a number of respectable Returning from our walk, the sig- friends. Mr. F. I have been informnal was made for another ship being ed, was most unjustly sent from Irein sight. In the afternoon a boat land, during the disturbances four from the strange sail brought intelli- years ago, on a groundless suspicion gence of her being the Alexarder, of sedition, and was, without any whaler, Capt. Rhodes. from New trial, banished to New South Wales Zeala..d, returning to Port Jackson. for life. Government have lately
This morning I walked as far as taken bis case into consideration, Queenbury, a few huts scattered in a and have appointed bim to the clerivale, which do not deserve the name cal duty of Norfolk island, with a of a village ; but their situation is salary of 1507. per annum. Mrs. F. beautiful and romantic; the steep is sister to an eminent divine of Dub. bils on each side of the valley afford- lin: she resisted the united entreaties ing rich pasture, or yielding luxuriant of her friends to remain, and with a