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be! which they pronounced with a an oar; then he panted as if he had kind of cadence, hawked, as it were, been out of breath; then he paused, from the very bottom of their breasts. as if to recover strength. He afterAt the fame time they ran about the wards, in imitating a man carrying place, skipping and dancing with the a burden, seemed to strike his toe most ludicrous buffoonry. The ora- against a stone, and walked limping for, having frequently thrown up along, as if he had been grievously bis eyes to heaven, and rubbed his hurt. After all this mimickry, he arms, as if he had been anointing added, “ Truly, father, I don't himself for wrestling, resumed his know what was become of thy dirfirft composure, and his speech, in cretion, to send away one of thy these words: “ With this belt I children thus alone, without aslift: thank thee, father, for having saved ance. I did not behave in that man: the life of our brother. Thou ha’ft ner to Couture; but said to him, snatched him from the jaws of the Come, nephew, follow me; I will Algonquins: but wherefore didit restore thee to thy family, at the thou let him depart alone? If his hazard of my life.". canoe had been overset, who would The other belts were used in like have helped him to have set it to manner, to confirm the different rigbts? If he had been drowned, or parts of his discourse: one was to perished by any other accident, thou level and mend the roads, another wouldst have heard nothing of peace, to calm the river, a third to bury and perbaps blamed him for a fault the haichet: the rest were to render which thou thyself hadst commit- propitious their future intercourse; ted ? »
to promote mutual feasting; to estan In pronouncing these words, he blinh an alliance among all the nahung his belt upon the cord, took tions; to forward the design they another, and tying it round Cou. had to bring back the fathers Jogues ture's arm, “ Father, (faid he) this and Breffani ; to testify the longing belt brings home thy subject; but I desire they had to see these holy mil. was far from saying to him, Ne- fionaries; to demonstrate the taphew, take a canoe, and return yourable reception they should meet bome to thy own country. I hould with among the cantons ;. and to never have enjoyed peace of mind, express their gratitude for the release until I had heard of his fafe arrival of the three Iroquois prisoners. Our brother, whom thou fentest The orator, after having perback, suffered a great deal, and ran formed this important part for three many hazards. He was obliged to whole hours without intermillion, carry his own bundle, to swim all was the first to join in the dancing day, drag his canoe over rapid riffs, and singing, which concluded their and be always on his guard against first conference. furprize. .. ii ..1' se!. It is not the cufton of the in
Thelewords he accompanied with dians to make proposals and hear the most significant gestures: fomé- antwers' at one fitting: the chevalier times he mimicked the action of a de Montmagny, therefore, appointed man working à canoel withi a pole'; another day for his reply, when the sometimes he seemed to tug hard at afrembly was as oumerous as at their 5*, njo butid
fitt first meeting. The governor re- tuous feaft; and they were so pleased turned a present for every belt he with the good chear, that they made bad received ; and Couture, who un- abundance of proteftations, in which deçstood the Indian language, ha, however those people are not always sangued the chicfs in a grave con- fincere. tinued speech, such as became the in- Next day the deputies set out on terpreter of the governor of Quebec. their return to their own country,
When he had finished his speech, accompanied by two Frenchmen, a famous Algonquin chief, called two Hurons, and two Algonquins ; Pieskaret, renowned for his extra. but they left three Iroquois, as hori ordinary; valour, role up, and having tages for the performance of articles: made his present to the deputies, The treaty was ratified by the “ There (faid he) is a stone, which canton of Agnier, the only tribe Į lay upon the grave of those who which had declared and carried on were flain in the course of the war, an open war; and the six persons that nobody may disturb their ashes, who accompanied the ainbaffadors or ever think of revenging their were sent back, with intreaties, that deaths..
miffionaries should be employed to Then Negabamat, chief of the convert them to Christianity. Fa. Mountaineers, presented an elk's ther Breffani, who had just arrived ikin, to make shoes for the Iroquois at Quebec, earnestly desired that he deputies, that they might not hurt might be again fent on this miflion; their feet in their return to their and even carried on a quest for the own home.
benefit of his old tormentors, to The conference was concluded fhew them in what manner the relia with firing three cannon, which the gion of Christ teaches his followers governor laid would give notice that to revenge injuries : but this fubthe peace was re-established.
lime doctrine was not at all suited to The superior of the Jefuits en- the disposition of such barbarians. tertained the deputies with a sump
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A CONTEMPLATION upon WINTER. W I NTER, attended with the earth, we preserve, till the midst
VV winds and tempefts, has of autumn, the vigour which we relong disturbed the repose of mortals: ceive in the spring of life! when its outrages have already depriyed winter comes, we lose it! Power, the earth of all its beauty, and all riches, grandeur, exempt none from its attractions. What melancholy the decay to which human nature is images does the gloominess which it subjected! We vainly endeavour to brings, impress upon the mind! hide from ourselves these melancholy Alas! the ineadows destitute of flow- truths! Those terrors and infirmiers, the trees stripped of their leaves, ties which accompany old age, have the frozen freams, and the com- the same effect upon us, that winfortless face of nature, too plainly ter, frost, and snow have upon the prove, that time will make the same fields. Indeed, if, as winter deprives devastation amongst mortals! Like the forests of their verdure, age could klizer us from those cruel paflions, death, feels less regret at parting with atich it is harder to subdue than to life than with his useless treasures : All the boisterous waves of the sea, and he who in youth has devoted e might then enjoy that tranquilahimself to love, languishes for a it, and repo e, which we can never mistress when he has one foot in the hope for amidst the tumult of un- grave. The mind always retains a my paffions. But though we daily taste for pleafure, almost as feducing la the most sobust state of health, as adual enjoyment. In order to ad the brightest beauty, blasted by obtain true felicity, we fhould enthe irresistible force of time, we al-. deavour to fet bounds to our desires. ways retain our errors and our weak- In youth, we should arin ourselves Defies. The ambitious man, though against the vain inquietudes of love. finking under the weight of years, in manhood, againīt the turbulence ftill listens to the flattering voice of of ambition ; and in old age, against fortune. The miser, at the hour of avarice and the dread of death.
To the Authors of the British MAGAZINE. GENTLEMEN,
foon obliged to spend large fums in V OU will, no doubt, think the repairing a breach on liis own estate;
1 following story scarcely credi- yet Mr. H. ftill continued to demand ble; tho', I assure you, it is almost fresh fums from him, which Mr. B. literally faa. Mr. John B. and Mr. was so generous as to part with, tho', Frederic H. were very intimate in order to raise them, he was obliged friends, and had adjoining estates, to burden his estate with new morta washed by a large river, very liable gages. When both breaches were at to overflow its banks, which they length fully repaired, Mr. H.'s estate were obliged therefore to heiglaten, was as intire as before the breaking and keep in constant repair. Mr. in of the river, exclusive of the deB.'s estate was worth 10,000 l. a year, valtation which the overflowing had and Mr. H.'s worth 1000l. and both made; but the generous Mr. B. of them lived nearly up to their in- found himself burdened with a morte comes. Mr. H. having neglected the gage of more than one third of his banks on his estate, suffered the river whole revenue. to break in; and having spent all his Many of your readers will doubtteady cash in endeavouring to stop less cenfure Mr. B. from an opinion the breach, applied to his friend to that such an instance of imprudent help him in his need. Mr. B. freely conduct cannot be paralleled in all gave h:m all the ready money he was history; but their censures will fall in poffeffion of; yet Frederic, not ultimately upon theinselves; for 1.40 contented, ftill demanded more; and tato nomine de illis fabula narratur. In: tren presailed on Mr. B. to raise a what other light can the conduct of fum in his behalf, by mortgaging this nation be looked upon, in regard part of his lands, to save him from to our foreign allies, for these seventy mortgaging any of his own eitate. years paft? Which of them, either Mr. B. in the mean time, negle&ing auticnt or modero, in confequence the repairs of his own banks, from of the wars they have been engaged bis affiduiry in serving his friend, was in, conjunally with us, have mort
gaged gaged their revenues so deeply as we for every 100l. Now it is allowed have mortgaged ours, though the al. by persons of undisputed abilities liances they have entered into with us and great knowledge in trade, tha 1 have chiefly respected their own par. it is impossible that such a sum as ticular interests? The subjects of the 12,000,000l.including the 600,oool. house of Austria, it will perhaps be for the lottery, could be raised in this faid, are not so rich as the inhabi- land in hard money, especially in the tants of this island: but is a person end of a war, when near 20,000,000l. of 10,000 l. a year, who is obliged to had been lent to the government in borrow annually, richer than another the four or five preceding years. If of 1000 h. a year, who conducts his one half the sum be raised in real affairs with such address as to have specie, it is more than many people no occasion for borrowing at all. If expect: but let us suppose a full half the queen of Hungary, or the king to be paid in gold and silver, and in of Prussia, had not found us so good that case, let us consider the modeft natured and complying, they would profits of the money-lenders. They have been obliged either to have are now selling their 99 years annui. Theathed their lourds, or to have had ty for 22 years purchase, by which recourse to the expedient of borrow. they will raise 2,821,500l. of the ruin ing upon their own funds; and, if they are to pay in, without being one they were as forward to mortgage farthing out of pocket; and as one their provinces as we are to mort- half of the sum is reckoned to be paid gage our taxes, they no doubt might in paper, which costs them nothing raise large sums of money on that but their credit, the whole money refecurity.
maining to be raised by themselves If we could once teach our foreign is only 2,874,500 1. for which they allies not to expect pecuniary fubfi- are to receive annually the interest of dies from us beyond what our annual 11,400,000l. at 3 per cent. that is, taxes could afford, we would there- for 2,874,500l. they receive annual. by free ourselves from a double bur- ly 342,000 l. which is more than 11 den, by having no connection with per cent. Such is the bargain, in rethe money-lenders; for these good spect to their profit; but, in respect friends of the government are the to the burden upon the public, it is dearest allies we have had during still more extraordinary. The go. this war. Our domestic, like our fo. vernment, over and above the 3 per reign allies, seem to have raised their cent. have allowed an annuity of it demands as they found the generofic per cent. for 99 years, irredeemable: ty of the nation increase; and, this that is, tho' they should clear off the winter, have sold their friendship at sum in a few years of peace, they still such an extravagant rate, that one engage to pay an anmuityof 128,250l. would be almost tempted to think, for 99 years, which is more than if that the house of C had been asleep, they were to pay back the whole sum when the bargain was concluded. a second time; the 99 years annui.
Our moneyed men lave engaged ty, when summed up, amounting to to lend the government 11,400,000). 12,696,7;ol. for which they are to have 3 per cent.
I am yours, &c. J. G. befides an annuity of 1 for 99 years