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chey (the prisoners) would be all tortured treal, with all the French prisoners, exto death at their return. These reasons, cept one, whom his matter knocked on joined to the weakness of the colony, in the head, because he refused to marry his duced the viscount d'Argenron to acquiesce niece, on account of his having a wife in their proposals; and as they infifted up. of his own. The baron d'Avaugour on a missionary's being rent back with having represented by a letter to the them, father Le Moyne chearfully hazard - French king, that the colony would perish ed his life on this occafion * He arrived without his immediate protection, and without accident at the country of the fent over to France Mr. Boucher, to give Onondagas ; and, two leagues from the an account of all the particulars relating town, was received by the chief Garakon- to Canada ; his most Christian Majesty thie, with a numerous retinue. This ordered that the garrisons of the different Indian had nothing savage in his manners settlements Tould be immediately reinor disposition. He was penetrating, ren. forced, and four hundred soldiers were fble, mild, and generous, a friend to the transported for this purpose. These adFrench, and extremely desirous of putting venturers brought over with them ruch an end to the war. .

a spirit of debauchery, as the example Father Le Moyne having harangued the and reprehensions of the clergy could not council of the Onondagas, they resolved restrain. The governor-general connived that Garakonthie hould be nominated at the sale of brandy, which had hitherto ambasador to the French governor of been carefully interdicted. The colonists and Montreal; and thither he went' accord- the Indian converts were equally infected ingly, accompanied by nine prisoners; with an ungovernable appetite for this the rest were detained, on pretence of re. pernicious liquor ; and nothing was seen spect for father Le Moyne, whom they but scenes of vice, riot, and brutal incalled Ondeffou. Garakonthie met with toxication. The clergy were insulted; a very cordial reception at Montreal, and heaven itself was fet at dehånce, and the all his proposals of peace being embraced, Christian religion brought into contempt he promised to return in the spring, with among all the Indian nations. At length, all the French prisoners. Notwithstand. 'a ftop was put to these disorders, by ing this negotiation, parties of the Onon- means which the missionaries were at dagas intested the colony with repeated 'great pains to represent as a supernahoitilities. About two hundred of these tural interposition of the Deity. favages fell upon some inhabitants of Father Charlevoix tells us, that the bishop Montreal, who were at work in the coun- of Petræa, finding all his exhortations and try. The town-major being informed of ecclefiaftical censures ineffectual, to curb this attack, marched out with fix and and restrain this profligacy, [An. 1662.] twenty men to facilitate their retreat; but returned to France about the beginfalling into an ambuscade, he was fur- ning of autumn, in order to lay his rounded, and with his detachment cut in complaints against his sovereign; that pieces, after a very gallant resistance. immediately after his departure, the air Mean while, Garakonthie, at his return was illuminated by fiery corruscations. to his own country, found a considerable That a ball of fire of amazing brightness jarty averse to peace; but, by his in- paffed over. Quebec towards Montreal, fluence and address, he surmounted all ob. where it seemed to be detached from the Itacles. The treaty was concluded, and moon, and vanished behind the mountain ratified by the three cantons; and father Le from which the place derives its name, Moyne was permitted to depart for Mon- with a noise as loud as the explosion of a

* At this joncture the viscount d'Argenson was succeeded in his government by the ba on d'Avaugour, a man of a violent temper, who had served with reputation against the 'Turks in Hungary. In the course of this summer, the Jesuits Dreuillettes and Dabe lon, penetrated to the northward, as far as the source of the river Saguenay, which, to, gether with several others, derives its origin from the lake S:, Jolin, a piece of water twenty leagues in circumference,' urrounded with plealant banks, covered with wood and herbage, and beautified with a number of verdant in.inds. But before they arrived at the lake, they passed trouglı a miserable harren courtry, where, however, hey converted fom: lavages to the religion of Christ. Z Z 2*

whole whole battery of cannon: that on the 7th uttered by different kinds of beasts, and day of January, 1663, three mock runs, or hideous noises were heard, sometimes like Parhelia, appeared above the surface of the the rattling of coaches, sometimes like the river St. Laurence; and on the 14th, the crashing of rocks. The air was filled (ame phænomena were renewed : that in with a thick dust, which was mistaken for the beginning of February, a report began the smoke of a confiagration ; and some to be circulated, that they Mould in a little imagining they heard the dismal yells of time be visived by such a dreadful earth the savages, concluded that the Iroquois quake as history never recorded ; a re. poured from all quarters upon the colony port which derived its orign from the of Quebec. The terror was not only prediction of a certain person of eminent universal among those of the human piety, who was very fervent in devotion, species, but seemed also to extend to to appease the wrath of heaven; that on the bruce creation ; for all the domestic the third day of the same month, an In- animals appeared alarmed, as if thunderdian woman, who had embraced Christi- ftruck. Those who fled from the town anity, heard a yoice in the night, declaring met with objects ftill more terrible in the that in two days things hitherto unheard country. They beheld entire mountains of would happen; and on the morrow, unrooted and moved from their places. while he was employed in gathering Some role in the midst of rivers, and stopwood for fuel, the fame voice foretold, ped or turned the course of the stream: that next day between five and fix in others were plunged into an abyss, from the evening, there would be a terrible whence they never rose again to view, carthquake; that a young convert of the Trees were whirled aloft in the air, and same tribe was visited in her sleep by the ip falling earthed themselves with their Virgin Mary, who described to her the roots uppermost. Huge floats of ice were very hour when it would begin, and all - crushed together on the rivers with such the circumstances attending it ; according- violence, that large pieces were thrown ingly, at five o'clock, she seemed to be up into the air. Several springs and small transported, and exclaimed twice with a rivers were dried up; in others the water Ioud voice, “it is coming!" to the asto- was impregnated with sulphur ; and dinishment and terror of all the hearers. vers rivulets vanished so as to leave no At the same time, mother Mary of the In- traces of their channels, The river St. carnation, foundress of the Ursulines of Laurence became white for the space of New Françe, pretended to have a vifion, thirty leagues ; and the manatees or fea, and to have been forced as it were by a cows were heard roaring as far up as supernatural impulse, to demand justice of Trois Rivieres, where this animal had the Lord, for the enormous crimes that never appeared before. The thunder were daily committed in that colony; all grumbled all around ; and the sky appear, that she could do in mitigation of this ri. Çd in flames, which assumed the shapes of gorous impulse was to prefer the most spectres, swords, and spears, according to fervent prayers to the Almighty, that the the diseased imagination of the beholders. Youls of the wicked miglit not perish with In a word, nothing was seen but images of their bodies.

horror, nothing was heard but cries and The air was remarkably serene, lamentation.. when the inhabitants of Quebec were in the extent of three hundred leagues alarmed with a noise like that made by a from east to west, and one hundred and very great fire. They forthwith ran into fifty from forth to south, the surface of the streets, where they beheld the houses the earth, the rivers, and sea, were in such rocking with the most dreadful agitation; agitation, as seemed to threaten an imme. the doors opened and mut of themselves, diate diffolution of nature. The first with the most hideous crashing; and all shock lasted half an hour without interthe bells rung without being touched. The million, cho' during the last quarter, is palisadoes quivered, the walls were rent; was not so violent as in the first. About the planks gave way; the foors fell in; eight in the evening, another as violeat the trees were entwined together, and as the first was felt, and before next mor. pulled one another up by the roots; the ning the number amounted to two and furface of the earth was agitated like the thirty. At Tadoussac it rained ashes for waves of the lea; frightfud cries were fix hours, Halfway between this place

and

and Quebec, two mountains were levelled, stone. A man in the fields saw the earth and their contents formed a point or cape, open close to him, and hardly escaped by which advanced half a quarter of a league flight. In the intervals between the great into the river. Opposite to Saguenay, two hocks, a motion was felt, like the uncpeople, being in a boat, found themselves qual pulsation of an intermitting pulle. toffed about as if they had been overtaken The great shocks were sometimes sudden by a tempest, and, casting their eyes on and strong, and sometimes they seemed More, beheld a mountain bounding about to encrease in gradual vibrations. Then upon the plain. It whirled round like a the rapid parts of rivers appeared quite top, and then suddenly disappeared. smooth, while all the rest was violently

In the neighbourhood of Quebec, a sheet agitated. Such was the concussion of the of fire, seemingly a whole league in extent, earth, that many persons were seized with appeared in the air, coming from the that kind of nausea, known by the name northward, crossed the river, and vanish- of the sea-sickness. This dreadful earthed upon the island of Orleans. Opposite quake extended to New-England, and to Cape Torment, great torrents of water New-Holland, now called New-York: rushed down from the mountains, sweep. and the shocks continued more or less ing all before them. A little above Que- frequent for the space of six months, dubec the river St. Laurence turned into a ring which time there was not one life New course, leaving part of its ancient loft, in consequence of the dreadful agichannel dry, and the highest parts of its tation; not did it produce any sort of epibanks sunk in some places to the level of demical distemper. the water, which continued three months very muddy, and of the colour of brim

[To be continued ]

Some account of two theatrical pieces, viz. The Citizen, and the Old MAID,

as now a&ting at Drury-lane theatre. Written by Mr. Murphy.
The CITIZEN. · Beaufort, from whose conversation the

audience is informed, that the latter is ME N. Wilding,

Mr. Obrien,

strongly enamoured with Maria, after to

the former, a girl of great wit, sprightli- ' Beaufort,

Mr. Miller.

ness and sensibility, and in whose breaft Old Philpot,

Mr. Yates.

Mr. Beaufort has made an equal impresYoung Philpot,

Mr. Foote.

fion; but that her father for Jasper Wilding, Şir Jasper,

Mr. Baddely.

and Mr. Philpot, a merchant of immense Hazard,

Mr. Davis.

property in the city, have agreed on Fineile,

Mr. Gardiner.

matching her with the son of the latter, ac Dapper,'

Mr. Weston.

the same time decreeing Miss Sally PhilW O M E N.

pot, the fister of Maria's intended lover, Maria, Miss Elliot.

as a wife for her brother, young Mr. Miss Cockayne.

- Wilding.---This however the young peo

ple are determined on preventing at any The OLD MA I D. rate, and on the entrance of Maria, who

comes in singing, and notwithstanding the MEN.

importancc of the occasion still pursues her Mr. Harlowe, Mr. Davis.

song, addressed sometimes to her brother, Clerimont, Mr. Obrien.

and sometimes to her lover, with a playful Capt. Cape, Mr. Baddely,

and innocent levity, which renders - her WOMEN.

character extremely amiable; it is con

certod amongst them all, that Maria shall Mrs. Harlowe, Miss Haughton.

by a stratagem compel young Philpot to Miss Harlowę. Mrs. Maguire.

refuse the match...This Itraragem is no

other, as it is there declared, than an imiTHE CITIZEN is a comedy of three tation of Leon's behaviour in Rule a Wife

acts, which is opened by two young and bave a Wifi, that is to say, that the gentlemen of the names of Wilding and mal! affume fush a regres of fimplicity and

aukwardness

Corinna,

aukwardness of behaviour as Thall terrify extravagance also, he is a dupe ; and the her lover, who has never yet seen her, act er.ds with his changing his drefs to a and to whom me has been recommended grave garb of business, in which he reas a sensible and ingenious girl, from ven- folves to go into the city as usual, and turing on a connection with her.--- In the squeeze the sums he wants out of the old course of this conversation Maria describes gentleman. the characters of her own father and her The second act presents us with old lover's : the first of which is a country fox- Philpot's house in the city, where Philpot hunting Knight, fond of his daughter, and in a conversation with Dapper and his priding himself on her qualifications, yet own clerk Quilldrive, relating to an insuso eager on the pleasure of rustic sports, as rance of tiree thousand pounds on a fhip, not to bear even his most important fami. Mews the cha acter given of him, by Ma. Jy-concerns to interrupt the course of them ria to have been a just one ; as does without impatience.-.-Old Philpot is de- also his behaviour in regard to a loan he Icribed, what he appears afterwards to be, makes to his son, who at the same time an old avaritious curmudgeon, still brood- dupes him by a long and plaufible story of ing over his money, and solely bent on a great loss in bufiness, and from whom the profecution of the main chance, yet he extorts the most unreasonable terms. not without some sorpicion of secretly ---While the young fellow is gone to prepursuing pleasures ill suited to his years pare matters for the settling of this affair, and received character. A portrait of his Sir Jasper Wilding introduces his daughter, fon, young Philpot, is also given by Wild- with whom young Philpot, on his return, ing, from which he appears to be an extra- is left alone ; on which a scene of great vagant foolish would-be rake, who at the humour ensues, wherein, in consequence same time that he wears, when in the city of Maria's clofely pursuing the projected and in company of his father, the exter- . plan, Philpot concludes her to be a downnal of being solely attached to the bufiness right ideot, treats her as such, and leaves of getting money, yet has private lodge her, with a firm resolution never, on any ings and a kept mistress at the other end account, to consent to marry be! ---On of the town, and runs into every expence mutual complaints, however, made by of gaming, racing, &c.---Such is the ficu- both parties, to their respective parents, ation of the drama at the conclusion of the they determine on a meeting in the evenfirft scene.

ing to reconcile matters, and so ends the · The Scene then changes to the lodgings act. of Corinna, young Philpot's kept mif- The third act, which being the concludtress, where two servants are discovered ing one, is the busiest of them all, begin's alleep, with wine, pipes, &c. before them, with a scene in Corinna's lodgings, in as fopposed fitting up for their master ; to which old Philpot introduces himself to Chefe, previous to his entrance, come in Corinna, by means of a letter, to be enthree tradesmen, viz. a butcher, a coal rolled in the number of her keepers ; on merchant, and vinter, with bills for pay. pulling out a watch, which she thinks pro. ment, when a scene of collufion is dif per to admire, he declares it to be a re

closed between them and onc of the ser- peater which has been long in the family, .vants, to cheat young Philpot, in confide- and which, as he intends it to continue ration of a bank note presented by them ftill longer, he puts again into his pocket. to his fervant.---He himself, at length, ---After presenting her however with makes his appearance, aukwardly and twenty guineas, he proceeds to some amotawdrily dreft, complaining, that he has rous freedoms, but is alarmed by a noire, been cheated to the value of 2 500l. at the which induces him to fly for concealment gaming table, by two gamblers Hazard under the table, till the approaching vidand Finette, yet consoles himself that he cor shall be dispatched.---- This vifitor. Shall make his father pay for all. The proves to be young Philpot, who, seating gamblers then come ir, and after grofiy himself on the table, relates to Corinna flattering him on qualities which lie does not every circumstance of the cheat lie had poliers, bully him into giving a bond for put upon his fatlier, to get the money the money fort, which he, who appears to from him, intermingling his relation with he an errant coward, roon agrees to.--- every term of contempt and ridicule.... His mistress Corinna then enters, to whose This exafperates the old gentlemian to the

frigher

highest degree ; yet the fear of detecting ral terms only, he, judging by appearhimself obliges him still to remain conceal ances, concludes Mrs, to be miss, and miss ed, when Wilding, who appears to be to'be Mrs. Harlowe. --- On this he applies Corinna's favourite gallant, comes in, to the family both by letters and personal. calls young Philpot to account, who, after ly to be admitted to pay his addresses to giving him the lie, submits to a hearty miss Harlowe -- This mistaken offer tranfbeating from him ; immediately after ports the old maid into every absurdity, which, the striking of old Philpot's family that vanity, affectation, and antiquated watch, gives an alarm, and Wilding, by defire can produce; and in the mean time turning up the table, discovers the father Mr. and Mrs. Harlowe, tho' unable to and lon to each other, whose mutual re- conceive the possibility of a such a phenoproaches afford a scene of confiderable hu- menon, look on the offer as too good a mour.

one to be rejected, and therefore as well as The scene then thifts to Sir Jasper's miss Harlowe give Mr. Clerimont every house, whither, according to appointment possible encouragement --- All the several the elder and younger Philpot, together interviews with him are carried on in a with a lawyer, are now come to conclude manner so natural and yet so ambiguous, the intended match, in order to which that very near two acts, and those rather young Philpot is once more left alone with busy ones, are carried thro' before an ehis mistress, who entirely changing her claircissement is brought about by a poriconduct, and exerting the utmost vivacity tive declaration of his passion to Mrs. in her power, terrifies him as much in this Harlowe, whom he still concludes to be interview, from the apprehension of her miss Harlowe, and her informing her hufbeing a wit, as he had in the other, from band of it, who, reproaching him with makthe fear of her being a fool, and confirms ing love to his wife, is appeared by his abi him in his former resolution of having no- folute denial of it ; immediately after capthing to say to her, which he is declaring Cain Cape, an Indian Captain who had fox to the two old gentlemen, when young three years dangled after miss Harlowe, Wilding enters, who having never before and was on the point of marriage with feen his intended father and brother-in-law, ber, but whom she had rejected with difbut in the last-mentioned scene at Corin- dain, on the prospect of this new admirer, na's, is unable to contain his laughter at had in like manner called him to an acthe ridiculousness of their appearance, and count on the affair, and had been likewise running off to indulge it, is followed by fatisfied by his assuring bim that the lady his fathes, who returning with him, joins who just went out, (viz. mifs Harlowe) in a banter on them, in regard to that sto.

was not the object of his passion. On the ry which he has now had related to him entrance of both the ladies toge

entrance of both the ladies together, how by his son.--- In the midst of this confusion ever, Clerimont rushing forwards to Mrs. the Lawyer has withdrawn, but returns Harlowe, and taking her in his arms, to with Maria, who on young Philpot's again the great disappointment of miss Harlowe, consenting to the match, declares her elf who has already opened hers with rapture already married to Mr. Subpæna the Law- to receive hiin, is at tength convinced of yer, who on throwing off his law peruke, his error by Mr. Harlowe's interfering, and turns out to be no other than Mr. Beau informing him that that lady is his wife, fort in disguise ---Sir Jasper then consents when begzing pardon for his involuntary to the match, and so the piece concludes. miftake, be takes his leave.

Miss Harlowe, now convinced of her • The OLD MA ID.

mistake likewise, and of the ridicule it will THIS piece conuts of but two acts, incur,' woull fain repair her false step by

and is much more fimple in its offering her hand once more to the Capplot,--..-Two ladies, viz. Mrs. Harlowe, tain, who in his turn treats her with the and her husband's sister Miss Harlowe, a fame disdain Me had before mewn to him, vain peevith old maid of forty-three, are and leaving her to the repentance due fupposed to have been seen at Ranelagh by to her folly, she likewife quits the stage Mr. Clerimont a young gentleman of fa- in a fit of grief, rage, and disappointment ; mily and fortune, who falling desperately and the farce ends with a reflection or two in love with Mrs. Harlowe, enquires their from Mr. and Mrs. Harlowe. mames, of which being inforined in gene.

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