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Risión decorates the interior of the more populous than Paris; the rehouses inhabited by the higher classes turns of the latter, atcording to the of society, yet the outside of them most recent calculations, giving only inspites no ideas of exalted' rank; 547,750 souls, whereas, agreeably atri the building which exclasively to the records laid before the house claims the name of patace, and is of commons, in 1802, London is the residence of England's kings, stated to contain 864,8:5, inihabit has' an” appearance perfectly miser- , ants." 'I have been assured too by a able,

friend conversant with the subject, From the Pont Neuf, at Paris, the that this statement was entirely in eye wanders over an immense perd dependent of the perpetual influx of spective in which the magnificent' foreigners and strangers from all quays' show an extended line of sua parts of the united kingdom, as perb edifices: but the Thiamės affords well as of the numerous soldiers and no such objects ; it'exhibits no'magni sailors on service here : so that Lon ficence but its own, which, however, don may be taken to contain nearly certainly surpasses that of any other half a million of inhabitants more river in the world. On the other than Paris. But there are still more hand, the streets of Paris are narrow, powerful reasons. London is arowo unpaved, and, consequently, filthy in edly the first commercial city in the the extreme; and besides this so world; and consequently the accrooked, that we can have no perfect tivity and industry of its inhabitants view along any of them; but those give new life and diversity to every of London are extremely grand and busy 'scene. It contains by far a spacious, excellently paved, and, in greater number of opulent idler than general, regular

Paris; 'and the number of travellers The Place des Victoires, and the here exceeds that in any part of EuPlace des Veridome, are finely ahd rope. The latter face is proved by regularly built, but are by no mean's the receipts of the London turns lively. London has' upwards of pikes; from which it appears that twenty squares on the more exten- upwards of ten thousand persons sive scalė, independently of others.' daily pay toll at the several The houses in these, perhaps, are gates.-These causes together acnot very large, or remarkable for count for the superior populousnees, their architecture; but who in his of the streets here, and it is no less Sérises would exchange the cheerful true; that London, so vast in its impressions arising from the extreme compass, and so thronged as it is neatness of these buildings, and the in all its avenues, appears scarcely. green lawns which they surround, large enough for the accommodation for the vacant' splendour of solitary of its inhabitants. palaces?

The illuminations of Paris, and A traveller, unaccustomed to any London are unquestionably the most large city, will be surprised on en-" magnificent spectacles in Europe, tering Paris, at the population which but they differ both in their nature it exhibits; but that surprise will be and their effect. raised into wonder if he afterwards Paris on such an occasion presents visits London, where he will encouns a' coup d'æil calculated to lull the ter three times the number of pas- senses into a state of enchantment, sengers in every street. This dife. The magnificent arcades of the nu. ference is easily accounted for. In' merous palaces which decorate the the first places-Londen is in itselt- banks of whe river appear like fairy


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tastles; the effulgence of whose apo position, London exhibita in event pearance is reflected with almost in- quarter. Each bye-street claims is conceivable effect on the placid bo- share in the public rejoicing, and som of the stream,

we wander about the town till we The boats floating on the Seine are lost in the contemplation of an resemble meteors issuing from the object that appears without end. water : while groupes of small craft, The inequality of the buildings, decorated with variegated lamps, and the circumstance of every occuform a moving picture of surprising pier following his own fancy, prevent splendour. Every distant object con any regular plan of illumination, but tributes to heighten the magnifiq, this perpetual variety serves only to tence of the whole, till the mind improve the scene. The eye might catches the delusion of the eye, and otherwise bę fatigued with, sameeach faculty participates the domi- ness; but now fancy and caprice nion of fancy

create fresh objects of admiration at If we follow the crowd from the every step, we take... quays to the Thuilleries, we sha!I behold a blazing wood, from the

:01 glare of which the dazzled eye cannot fail to shrink. - In the Elysian minn Fields, which are contiguous to the palace, temples and pyramids bril: ELVILLE FAMILY SECRETS, Jiantly illuminated rise to the view in every direction; while music mingles with the plaudits of the spectators, and heightens the im. (Continued from pa 261.) pression of the scene. But here the effect ends.

A ONE day as Matilda was sitting stranger now perceives the whole to

at a window ruminating over her be a sbow prepared by government unfortunate destiny, she perceira to'amuse the people, and all other, ed a lady on horseback, richly caparts of the city are enveloped in parisoned, accompanied by two geniheir usual darkness.

ilemen and a numerous retinue, apa In London an illumination is a proach the outer gate. What were token of public rejoicing, voluntarily her sensations may be easily conevinced by the people themselves. It ceived, on discovering the lady to be is general, because every individual her sister, one of the gentlemen her is interested, and every individual husband, and the other her fathere? cordially contributes to its splendour. For a moment she forgot all her sor

The public buildings on this oc- rowş; but she recollected there was casion cannot make much parade, as yet a dear object she must inquire they do not, with the exception of the after, her favourite brother, and yet Bank, present any considerable fa greater favourite whom she durst noti çade for the purpose, and are others mention. To her most anxious questo wise disadvantageously situated; but tions concerning her brother, why the private houses are superbly and" he behaved so unkind as never to fancifully decorated with lamps ; so write to her, even if be could not that in a long handsome street the see her, were returned the most eya. brilliancy is uninterrupted, and in-, sive answers. Indeed the perture expressibly grand. In a word, what bation of an accusing conscience Paris displays from one particular, scarcely permitted the old wan to


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adswer at iall. a Matilda, was alarme consented to your father's wish, and ed by his, manner.- Oh, my fami became countess of Holian; being ther ! exclaimed she, let mer fortunately prevented from following, hear the worst, I beseech, you !'* your own inclinations?' With difficulty he said, ! My deari : Matilda answered with unusual girl, mention (pot hås - name za you spirit If ever commiseration know :100 what I suffer on hearing toached your callous:' bosom, ment' it. Here the anguish of his bosom tion. no more that sad day, nor all! overpowered his speech, and be re-- the train of misfortunes and uneasy mained a few moments motionless;" hours which have succeeded it; Dejan Matilda was little better, not doubt ther seek by any means to disparage ing but he had shared the fate of so amiable a youth as was Burns, the unfortunate Burns. In faltering All the malice nor art human nature? accents sbe exclaimed, Oh my fa. is capable of will ever' sully the ther! is he living ? Have I yet an at pure temembiance of his character ;:* fectionate brother, or bave I not?' ., his noble spirit soared far above the

'. Do not distress me any more, my, machinations of weak minds. The daughter; I know not where he is,: recollection that I was once beloved Mad-headed young man that he is ! by so superior a being will bring a he has been in Scotland ; then with ray of comfort to this agonised heart' lady. Brampton. For his disobedience so long as life remains; and when in visiting that hase Elfrida, I have the all-wise Disposer of events shall banished him for ever from my pre- call me from this world, I shall: sence ; therefore if you wish to be be united to the 'sole possessor of reinstated in my favour mention my whole affection, no more to feel him no more.'

the pang of separation : oh, bliss too Heavens!" she involuntarily exo much fur frail mortal to dwell on ! claimed, my brother unsettled in My darling daughter claims my tenhis mind! Once he was kind, harm- derest attention ; sweet soother of less, and knew no guile : that is not many a solitary nour! May Heaven the case now, or he would not thus in its goodness spin out my wearihave deserted me; because I can some ihread of existence to shield have given him no reason for his her otherwise unprotected innocence ruelty.

from those ills which have almost .Her father's emotion, and her broken the heart of her unhappy .. brother's wandering, .convinced her mother !! there was some mystery with which The countess could have patience she was not acquainted; she had to hear hér, no longer, but began now some slight suspicion that she pouring forth her abhorrence of such had not been dealt fairly by. The ohstinacy; when Matilda, to avoid countenance of the countess too, her, abruptly quitted the room, after during this conversation, underwent she had very candidly confessed her many changes. The earl her hus. sentiments. In her haste" she ran : band paced the apartment apparent- against her father, who was just ly lost in thought. Thus for the entering the apartment she was quite present this affair rested ; but her ting: he had overheard what she sister during the course of the day had been saying; a momentary eieam ! took an opportunity to wound her of reproach entered his brease for his already lacerated feelings by saying, cruel treatment of her; he plainly

Now, Matilda, don't you look back perceived the fatal passion w'as wrapa with pleasure on the day when you ped around the very thread of her

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existence, and he likewisela's plejerly triat wh re there was not sinceres saw the stafagles grief and disap- fection';' but to meet with itdifus pointment) had made in na face" atrdit ference from the only person ve form, once the most:lovely in natural truly love, and to 'whom even life

To see her so wretched; and entirely ioselt wbald nbisbe too great a sacris op his own account, struck keen inéta fice, is distressing to an extremea ir morse:tq; his soul every day; to writei may be truly dénominated one of the ness it was more than he could una reabs miseries of human life,'notimais dure : therefore they'door took theid: ginaryçevery feeling heart can testify departure, not much. regretted by yet-Mutilda, atriong all fiet catises of Matilda, for shef oond v rý litileis grief, could now support this web! consolation in abeir society, as the joz calmness thinking it more honburstill retained the same intiexibility of able to endure the aretionssette by natyre, which first' alienatedi her af-i an all-wise Providence with patience factions ftomi them. fler husband: than to murmur'at dispensations wel was now quites # strangec to bree; si are taught to think for burgonid having long, had another object

' tur although very often difficule is the engagé bis attention; the second un-1 task.'. I had it in irge's fortunate victim to: his baseness,! ! In the milst of these her ineditah when he had seduced under a' ficu i tionis she was one day surprised by a titious marriage: it therefore ano: stangtr in a militäty dress ruskitig swered his wickcth purposes to keep into het apxuttinents Overpowered the real countess secluded from the with joy, she recognised her longa world; he could then own or desert lost brother Sydney. When she hade her at his option,s" This elucidated a lirile recovered, she ventured to-inthe mysterious words she had heard quire after his lost friend. I from the old friar; as the first un- • Can you mention his name, happy young girl's feelings were so Matilda?''said he's after such a wounded when she heard of the deal breach of your faith: cah pon 50 ception practised to delude her from wrong your judgment asi to prefer the paths of virtue, that she sur- . such a 'villain as Holden ro the gal: vived the shock but a very short lant. Burns? Is can ill 'express the time, and:wás interred imthe chapel. indignation I felt at your hypo? Time, as it had long done, rolled on't cricy; I was long before I could cres with leaden wings; her wholeaftention dit it, tilt your own letter convinced was devoted to the little Martha, 1 me that it was your own inclitas who becamera charming companion tion.' by her: innocent pratile, beguiling * Never, nevkr, my brother! Hear many a tedious hour. Long accusó all before you reproach me; then I tomed to a husband's indifference, 'a satisfied you will have no cause: she was, determined to support it-With-datricueltyshe then related

to destroy his child's peace of mind unhappy mother, again-interceding for the sake of sordid ambition, sp for this friend'sr

. last adieu.- Re inconsiderable when put in competi- member,' said he, Matilda, the tion with sipcere affection > But the affection she bears you; remember days of sincerity and humanity are at your cruel weatment of him: you an end, and sophistry and obduracy of was too carly persuaded against your heart have succeeded. Poor Burns! own inclination. Your image, I am what an age of distress has he suf sure, is deeply,engraven on his heart. fered?

He will nover cease to think of you Mallida heard no more ; till then till every vision of this transitory she was not certain that he was scene shall be forgotten.' living, although from several parts She urged the anguish such an inof bis, conversation she had some rea- terview would occasion to both, and şon to expertit. When she recovered, which now was of no avail, and the he implored her, for the sake of her impropriety attending it; but her brolovely little daughter, to moderate ther would take no denial. : Martha her grief, as he must depart imme- would have followed him as he loft diately (after asking one favour), un- the apartmeni, and as he turned to her less his visit might be maliciously his countenance spoke unutterable construed : she promised to grant it, language. The little innocent, alarm, if consistent with reason. But docs ed at his manner, thinking he was Burns yet live? – He does,' was angry, fan hastily back to her mo. the

reply, • but an outcast from so- ther, who shed over her a shower of ciety."

tears. O grandeur ! O mad infatia- Matilda passed a sleepless night, tion! thou bane to all social happi. and in the morning a letter was ness; but for thy influence should I given. Before she had time to break have been bappy with the object of apen the seal, a person rushed into my affections

the room ;-it was Burns himself. Cease your wandering, Matilda ; : Ah, Matilda!' said he, why do you must grant my request : he I live to see this day! why had no drags, on a miserable existence- he Heaven, in compassion to my agony, intends to see you once more, then given me a resting place where the entirely to leave a country which wicked cease from trouble !' Ho has caused him such uneasiness, and took her hand and pressed it to his în a foreign land seek an antidote for heart : she could not support her hopeless love. In Scotland your re- sensations, but sank under them, semblance haunts him in the person apparently lifeless. The proper re of your dear sister Elfrida; there con. storatives revived her. fequently he cannot remain. Whi- shocked to see the ravages made in ther he will wander is at present un. his once tine features and form. Alknown to himself, He now is wait, though his eyes had lost much of ing for permission to have a last in their vivacity, still the same fascinatterview : far beiger had it heen þad ing address prevailed; the same ten,

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