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THE LADY'S

MISCELLANY;

OR,

THE

WEEKLY

VISITOR.

FOR THE USE AND MOSEMENT OF BOTH SEXES.

VOL. Xv.]

Saturday, July 18...... 1812

[No. 13.

THE

The charnberlain,deighled with

the success of this conversation, PRINCE OF BRITTANY,

had hastened immedia:plu !o the A new Historical Novei.

adui ai, who delayed not a mo

ment to repair to the Duke at The Prince will not permit bis Vannes, and, in the king's name, angel wife to finish: He hastens to 10 desire the enlargement of the her : he bedews her with his Prince. This interposition was tears. Throw yourself,' said she too respectable to be opposed.in a whisper ‘at your brothers feet.' Alicia in her retreal, or rather in -The Prince, in silent action, ex her prison, received this in:elli. presses his reluctance. Alicia ut

gence, with transports of joy. Nor ters only these words ; "Do you did the unfortunate Prince experilove me?" and the Prince instantly ence a revolution less satisfactory. prostrates himself before the Doke: He had been informed (but by - What more can you require' ? what means is unknown) that the Your brother my loril, is at your heart of ihe Doke had relented, feet. Can you be inexorable ? and that his imprisonment was

The Duke is very sensibly af soon to terminate. Who can speak fected : he canno: conceal his e. his sensations--the exquisite joys motion. On a sudden, Alicia, the of anticipation ? The constable, Count of Richinond, and Peter of moreover, and the other fiiends of Brittany, embrace his knees.- the Prince, the virtuous few that Can you get hesitate to pardon were still lef: in the court of Brit. him ! extiaims the Count : 'Wetany, gave way to the most lively do not blush to humble onrselves : demonstrations of joy. In a word your uncle,the Constable of France, the courier had already departed implores the pardon of your brother from the Duke, with orders for the on his knees.'

inmediate release of the Prince The Duke, at last, opens his his brother. armstothe prisoner. He promis es to forget all that has past. Na By what fatality have malignity ture triumphs over that aversion, and hatred resources, of which the unhappy result of so many o.

benevolence can form no concep. dious machinations.

tion! the enemies of the Prince of

Bitlany were confounded : their to augment a ibirst of vengeance prey was on the point of escaping that was now become insatiable. from them; and they were even to be witnesses of his viumph.

The unfortunate Prince was an -This last idea augmented their ticipating the happy moment of rage : it

sug

es'ed an expedient deliverence: he hears a noise: his which 0e, may call the master heart dilates with the sweet sugpiece of infernal machinations.-- gestions of hope.- New attendants They discovered the execrable ta 'more inhuman than the former, lent of an old wretch, named Peler enter with Oliver du Meel at their de la Rose, who cou'd counterfeit head, in order to drag him from any hand whatever He had resid. his chamber, and plunge him into ed a long time in England, and a dungeon. The unforiunate Prince studied with singular success the

demands the reason of a revolution style of the dispatches of the Court so contrary to what he had expect. of London. Torbis detestable be. ed. Can it be imagined ?-But ing the conspira'ors had recurse; history attests the fact--a violent and hiin they bribed to fabricate, blow was the only answer that the in the name of Henry, a letier ad- Prince of Brittany received. Then dressed to the Duke of Brittany, | all his fortitude for sook him: he demanding the instant enlargement | burst into a torrent of tears : of the Prince, and threatning, in | Grea: God ! could I ever expect case of refusal, to pour a consider to be treated with such indignity? able army into his Dominions.--Has my brother given such orders? The Duke, highly exasperated at Could he not be satisfied with the thi letter, of the authenticity of excessive sufferings I have endurwhich he had not a doubt, instant | ed? must he add infamy to them? ly revoked the order he had given But these monsters, so far from to release the Prince ; and listen- being disarmed by expostulation ing only to the dictates of his rage and complaint, repeated their ill he vowed from that moment his treatment. They removed from destruction, which, he said, ne had him that kind attendant who bad but too long deferred. In a word enabled him to write to his wife & the Admiral of France was dis- to the king of France ; and he was misseil, without that success in his utterly deprived of the sweet satisnegotiation of which he had not faction of hearing from Alicia, once made a quesiion. The cabal who was now more strictly guarded moreover by their secret intrigues than ever. had contrived io irritate the En. glisli, who actually declared war a.

The most abandoned men are gainst the Duke, and demanded incapable of resisting the impresthe enlargemeni of his bro her; a sions of pity; so much is that circuinsiance which could not fail || sentiment natural, as it were, to

the humiza heart. Ah! wretched source will be soon dried

up

withmortals, why do you not of ener out consolation, without hope, torn lend an ear to that affecting voice, from a wife whom I love more which solicits you in favour of the i than ever, and who shares my unfortunate ? Would you augment

drea tul lolo) Heavens! what the number of you pleisures?

an idea! Alicia Alicia too is perBirbarity is an impression tha: is

seculed ! Such ist.e sinuution of a forei o to you : it faiiques the soul Prince, who has conmitted but one and is ever productive of disgust fault, a fault dictated by Love and remorse. Du Meel, that in. but what w s I saying? my inten. fexible mons'er, is overcome by

tion I repeat it, is to humbie mythe entreaties and tears of his seif before you as the greatest prisoner He furnishes him with criminal. Your clemency in forthe meins of writing to the Duke, giving will then be more conspicuto whom the prince addresses the

ou»; and I subinii, without reserve, following letter:

to all the horrors of my

fate. My

coon xions with Henry and the My Lord,

English have displeased you: those I dare not call you my brother:

connections I renounce: I remy enemies, perhaps, would im. nounce every thing : 1 devote mye pute a new crime to me, were I self henceforth to the most impliagain to claim the righis of blood. cit obedience to your will. None I will no longer piead then a name but you and Alicia shall occipy that is yet so dear to me. I will

Do
you

refuse to see only present to you the lowest of me ? Would you banish me from your subjects, the most humble

your court, fior Brittany? Let me and unfortunate of men, who em be exciled then to the remotest braces your knees, who bathes corner of the world, to the most them with his tears, and who seeks dreadful desert ; let me live there only to excite your pity. I might with my wile; I will still bless urge my innocence, which has

your goodness; and never, never been proved by so many

witnesses: shall the least murmur escape I might appeal to your justice ; me.- Ah! my brother, (1 cannot but I will only implore your ciem resist, I cannot resist this tender ency. I will even conseni to ap- 1 appellatio.) if our futher were to pear guilty in your sigh, if that rise from the tomb, and behold me confession be conductive to your in this cieplorable situation, could generosity. Alas! lave no long. he believe-But I forbear froin the er any pride ! Subdued by the iron slightest appearance of eproach. rod of adversity, I throw myself en Call to mind only, I conjure you, tirely on your compassion Plung. what an English Prince said to the ed into a deep dungeon, watering inexorable William. You have my bitter bread with tears, whose nl often spoken to me with pleasure

my heart.

of that affecting circumstance, these chains then, these too heavy which did so much honor, you said chains, be broken ; or, at least to human nature. *-Alas if you let a speedy death deliver me from are sensible to the pleasure of be- such insufferable woes. ing beloved, who will love you bet

The Prince of Brittany." ter than a brother ? and

you

would 'sacrafice that wretched brother,

How omnipotent is Love! Had

he bean affected by his own sufwho invokes you as he would invoke God himself; and 10 whom | ferings only, the Prince certainly

would never have descended to in spite of all his sufferings, you are still so dear. Oh ! forgive, such humiliating expressions : but forgive me! These exp essions the fate of his beloved Alicia was should have irresistable power ou

to be decided ; and the heart that ver the human heart. And can

truly loves, is sensible to a kind of yours be so rigorous as to forget pride, in this voluntarily humbling their influence? the barbarians,

itself for the dear object of its af

foction. What sacrifices are there my brother, would have you actu. ated by their own unworthy souls.

which cost more than that of life! Recollect. Oh recollect, that there

Humiliation is the sad consumation was a time, when you would deign || of misfortune ; and when Pride is to fold me to your bosom. How the victim,we have not another left often would you say, My brother

to offer. I will never cease to love you.'

The unhappy prisoner' counts and are these the fruits of such the days, the hours, the moments : tender professions ? But I do not he receives no answer. In the anmean to utter one complaint that guish of despair, he writes ano. may wound you. If the confes. ther letter, if possible more husion be necessary to disarm you, 1 miliating and affecting still. He have merited these sufferings.- implores the speedy sentence of your pity only I implare. Let

liam with their joint forces besieg* Prince Henry,afterwards Hen cd him in this place, and had pearry I, King of England, being dis- ty reduced him by the scarcity of gusted with he little care that was water, when the elder, hearing of taken of his interests, in an accom his distress, granted him permismodation between himself and bis

sion to supply himself, & also sent brothers William Rufus, then on him some pipes of wine for his the English throne, and Robert own table. Being reproved by Duke of Normandy, retired 10 St. William for this

ill-timed Michael's mount, a strong fortress | generosity, he replied, "What, on the coast of that province, and shall I suffer my brother to die of insested i neighbourhood with thirst? Where shall we find anghis incursions. Robert and Wil- ||ther when he is gone?"

menaces.

death as a relief from insupportatorily refused to put the seal to ble misery : he implores his in- / this act of imposture and iniquity. exorable brother not to extend the He lost his place, and gained im pursuit of vengeance beyond the mortal honor. The order at length grave; but to spare, at least, his received its legal for m from a memory; and to proiect in her more complaisant hand, and Oliwidowhood the wretched and for. ver du Meel was charged to put. lorn Alicia.---But instead of these it in execution. letters, which, one would imagine must have melted tbe most obdu

(To be Continued.) rate bosom, the Duke had receive ed others full of repioaches and These were counter

For the Lady's Miscellany. feited by the execrable Peter de The LUCUBRATOR, la Rose. Francis, exosperated by these letters, no longer affected

NUMBYR VIII. moderation. It had been reported

UPON COMEDY, to him that the Prince, in a fit of desparation had declared that he Comedy is properly an imitawould put an end to his life. 'Hetion of living manners, Il differs may dispose of it as he pleases,' from Tragedy in its principies in coldly answered the barbarian. its means, and in iis end. Sensi. The slightest expressions of a bility is the principle of tragedy ; Sovereign are gathered with avid- the pathetic is the means ; and the ily; nor are courtiers wanting to horror of great crimes, o the love give them with ease an interpre- sublime virtues, is its object or end. tation favourable to their Master's The maliciousness natural to man, views. The words which the is the principle of comedy. We Duke had dropped, did not escape behold the defects of our neighthe enemies of the Prince, who in- bours with a pleasure mingled stantly concerted the detestable with conicmpt, when they are not project of getting rid of their pris- so afflicting as to excite our comoner. They prepared an order in passion, nor so dis using as to fill the name of Francis, for the execu. us with hatred, nor so dangerous tion of the Prince. This order) as to inspire us with fear. When was carried to the Keeper of the defecis of this description are paintgreat Seal for the necessary sanc.'ed with skill, they make us laugh. tion Eon de Baldwin, which was. If the features of this malignant the name of this excellent man, joy are striking and unexpected, (and such names, for the honor of they give us the charm of surprize. humanity, and the consolation of From this disposition to partake of viilue, ought to be transmited to ridicule, Comedy draws ils force posterity)Eon de Baldwin peremp- and its means. It would no doubt

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