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tne ladies one morning this weck. Oh! you are such a romantic She could not answer for the earl, creature (cried the), that, we must who pays conftant attendance to the not confult your judgment in matduties of parliament. Thus stands ters of this kind : but I think the matter at present; and I will not lord Merioneth, who is without close this letter till I see if Mrs. | doubt a young man of great underMaynard makes good her promise. standing, can never entertain serious

thoughts of uniting his fate with so Our expeted guests arrived yef- obscure a partner. terday, and spent the day with us. Before I could answer, the lady The party consisted of lord and lady in question joined us, followed by Derwent, their son and daughter, lord Merioneth. Mrs Maynard, and a mifs Rutland, May one know (f.id Mrs. Maya young lady under the protection nard, archly) what tubject you were of lady Derwent. After the tire. debating on as you came up the fome ceremony of formal introduc-walk? (I should have ob'erved we tions was over, we all appeared were in the garden.) Miis Rutland' equally determined to be pleased blushed.---Lord Merioneth answers with each other. Even the earl, ed, I was endeavouring to convince though (I plainly perceived) with Mifs Rutland, that this view, beaufome dificulty, difencumbered him. tiful as it is, is nothing to the felf from his usual weight of digni. fcenery of Italy.-Ilere is not that ty, and condescended to be agree-wild romantic diversity which chaable.' Lady Derwent is a must racterises the landscapes of that pleasing woman :-Lord Merioneth country. But here, faid he, bowresembles the youthful portrait of ing gallantly, I mult drop my allumy honoured father ; and I already lions; for, in the presence of the feel for him the affection of a filteri | Graces, even Siteria's deferts would But how fall I find words which become a paradise. may do justice to the beauty, ele- Go, vou are a trifler, (said Mrs. gance, and dignity of Ellen Rutland ? | Maynard, laughing) though. I must It is impossible to describe her; you contcís, an agreeable one, and flatter must Ice her before you can form with a very good grace.-Does he any estimate of her numberless ai- not, miss Rutland ? tractions.

Why I really think, (The answers Mrs. Maynard whispered me, in ed) as far as I can judge, that his confidence, that the thought lord lord ship's late refidence in Italy has Merioneth was fond of miss Ruto much improved him in that science. land.

Oh ! (cried he) you mistake the
I honour his taste-was my reply. matter entirely, my charming Rut-

He does no credit to his under- land : it is the subjeet which is im.
standing by the selection, faid proded, -bowing to her.
Mrs. Vaynardfor I believe mils Shebluthed excetlively.
Rutland is a dependent on his mo-

Mrs. Maynard exclaimed, I really ther's bounty, without family or think, my lordi, you would make fortune ; and it is not reasonable to love in

a very pretty manner.--think the earl, with his knowledge of W Irat do you think, mis Hutland? the world, will ever consent to so II do not know, niadam,--hestrange an alliance.

fitatingly. It would raise him (faid I) much "On! his lord'hip has not tried in my estimation, if he consented his abilities then in your hearing. with a good grace to the happiness Iri pity to mits Rutand's consuof his son.

son, 1 exclaimed,- You are too

curicus,

curious, Mrs. Maynard : and, if I ceive no more letters from Twickwas iniss Rutland, I would advise enliam, as we have but little time lord Merioneth to try his abilities for the necessary preparations : but in your hearing, for the pleasure as soon as we have completed our of having your opinion of them. journey, I will re-asTurne my occu

Excellent!(exclaimed Merionet)pation. Don't expect a parket a I am quite at Mrs. Maynard's fer- week, or imagine that I Mall excuse vice, if the can make make room you from answering my letters. for me in her list of admirers. I Mrs. Merioneth joins with me in will (addressing hinielf to her love and compliments; and we finpick up your fan, fetch your snuff cerely hope, before this reaches you, box, summon your Abigail, cares that Mr. Lumly will be restored your lap-dog, and improve your to convalescence - rejoice in your parrot.

brother's improvement, but would Oh, hold, for heaven's sake! cried have you beware of his tutor's atthe lady : you would indeed, be an tractions. That heart of thine, acquisition to any one that could which withstood all the fighing make room

for you ; but, in my swains of the gay world, may be list, i here is no vacancy. But you more alive to the merits of Danville. may practise this timmer at the I forget whether you said he was Priory, looking archly at Ellen) handsome; but I take it for granted and perhaps another season I may that he is young and agreeable,--two admit you in my train.

very dangerous qualitications to opMoit superlatively kind, and pole against the heart of a geimrous amazingly condescending ! cried and untuípecting woman. jord Merioneth, drily at the

Farewell! I have quieted my colle same time he drew Mrs. Maynard's science by telling you your danger. hand under his, arın, and made for -Yours fisicerely, &c. the house,

L. MERIONETH. We followed: the day passed veTy pleatantly, and it was late before

(To be continue!) they departed for London.--Lord Derwent gave us a pressing invitation to pass the summer at the O TEMPERANCE. Priory; and I ano inclined to think we thall accep! of it, as my aunt is

HE

of sensual pleavery partial to her native place.

fures is to use them so that We liave never resided there fuce they may not destroy themselves or the death of my mother,--an event

be separated from, or rendered inI have but a very faint recollection compatible with other pleasures, but of. I shall be much pleafel, i am rather that they may be assisted by, fure, with the venerable old pile. and mutually allifting to the more In it I drew my firit breath.". It refined and exalted fympathy of will likewise have an additional rational enjoyment. charm,- it will place me many miles

Men ever coufine the meaning of nearer Lumiy House than I am at

the word pleafure to what pieases present.--I am interrupted

themselves. Glutions imagine that by pleasure is ncant glattony'; but

the only true epicures are tho.e Lord Merioneth was below, ---came who enjoy the pleatures of tempeto propose our accompanying them rance. Small

, pleasures seem great to the Priory the week after next. to such as know no greater. The li was agreed on ; fo you will re- virtuous man is he who has sense

enough

THE great rule

enough to prefer the greatest plea- | Bassanio, and from precisely the fure.

same run of ill-luck in his sea-adSuperfluity and parade, among ventures, the vulgar-rich, pass for elegance and greatness. To the man of trije

" The dangerous rocks, tafte, temperance is luxury, and Touching his gentle velfel's file, fimplicity grandeur.

Had scattered all his spices on tbe Whatever pleasures are imme.

stream, diately derived from the sense, per

Enrob'd the roaring waters with his

filks, ons of fine internal feelings enjoy, beüdes their other pleasures ; while

And not one vellel 'cap'd the dreadful

touch such as place their chief happiness Of merchant-marring rocks.” in the former, can have no true tafte for the delicious sensations of the foul.

To these miscarriages abrord They who divide profit and ho. were added similar calamities at nesty, mistake the nature either of home. Several great houses broke the one or the other. We must in his debt ; and with the wrecks of make a difference between appear his fortune, gathered together, he ance and truth : the real profitable left the metropolis, and took refige and good are the same.

in the mountains of Montgon ryFalle appearances of profit are fire. A little girl, then only nine the greatest enemies to true intereft. years of age, his only surviving child, Future forrows present themselves was the fole companion of his rein the disguise of present pleasures ; treat, and finiled away his misforand short-fighted folly eagerly em- tunes. The care of her eclucation braces the deceit.

was his most certain relief from the Every species of vice originates corroding reflections of the past; and either from insensibility, from want the certainty of her poflefling, at his of judgment, or from both. No death, sufficient to prevent a gond maxim can be more true than that mind from the horrors of depen all vice is folly. For, either by dence, softened his thoughts of the vice we bring misery more immé- future; the present was filled up diately on ourselves, or we involve with the delights of seeing her amothers in misery. If any one bring bition yet humbler than her forevil on himself

, it is surely folly: if tunes, and literally bounded by the his present pleasure be to make objects that surrounded her.' T. others miserable, were he to escape tend the flowers Ble had set with her Every other punishment, he must own hand, in nurse the shrubs The fuffer for it by rerrorse --or it is a had planted, to sport with and feed certain proof he is deprived of that the lamb she had domesticated, to Tense or sympathy which is the op- see it follow her in her rambles, and posite of dulness; in either of to listen to the melodies of nature, which cases it is evident that all as they murmured in the waters or vice is folly.

echoed through the woods, were

her chief annements without doors, Histor5 of the decayed E aGLISH

and by a thousand love-taught duMERCHAST and his DAUGHTER.

ties to make a father forget that he

had ever been wwhappy or unfor (From Prati's Gicanings.)

tunate, her deareft ftudy within. Merchant, of confiderable Of her per.onal attractions [ Dhall A Thompreduced to the fituation of poor 'lon's gives the truest image of thein, Vol. XXVII.

and and of the unaff Eted mind hy which it once appeared impoffible which they were illumined. we should ever pais a day, are yield

ed for others, that it then would “ Artless of beauty, she was beauty's have been thought as impossible felf.

even to have endured. Our mere It is not eafy to be wretched in chant would have deemed the comthe constant fociety of perfect inno. pany of a monarch an intrusion; cence: the company of a beautiful and the jargon of the Exchange, child, wholly inpolluted by the which had for so many years been world, affords one the idea of an- music to his ears, could not now gelicafociation. Its harınlessness have been borne. I have here appears to guarantee one from given you some of his own exprefharm : we reflect, nay we see and lions. At length he fell fick. "His hear, almost every inoment it is daughter was then in her eighteenth climbing our knees, playing at our year; the disorder was of a gradual fide, engaging our attentious, or re- kind, that threatened to continue posing in our arms, the words and life after one has ceased to love it, acts of an unfpotted being; and we and to close in death. He lingered can fcarce be persuaded, any real eleven weeks ; and the old domestic ill can befal us, while a companion being now superannuated and almost In like a guardian cherub is near. blind,--his daughter was at once his When the babe is our own—lay, nurse, his cook, his consoler, and re parents, how the sensation is might truly be said to make his bed then exalted !-Which of you, in his fickness. She wanted not the having at vour option the loss of world to teach her the filial duties. the amplest fortune, or of the Her own pure heart supplied them feebleft infant, would not cleave to all, and her own gentle hands ad. the last, and relign the former ! or, ministered them. But now, for the if any of you balanced a moment, first iime of her existence, she added would not one lifping word, one to her father's anguish. It almost casual look, turn the scale in favour kills me to look on you, my only of nature, and make you think it love, cried he, with an emphalis a crime to have helitated ?

of sorrow, and bursting into tears. Such were the sentiments of the I am fure, (replied flie, falling on merchant, and under their cheering her knees at his bed-Gide) it has alinfluence he lived many years, durainost killed me to hear you say so; ing which, a few mountain peasants, and if it would make my deareft faan old relict of his better days, as cher better, I would kill myself this a servant, who had been nurse to moinent, and trull in God's mercy the young lady, and his daughter, to forgive me. Ah, my child, you were the only objects with whom he mistake the cause and motive of my converse:. 'So powerful is habit, regrets, resumed the parent-the that we affimilate tu perfons, places, thoughts of leaving you without and things, that on our firit intro prote&ion,—there is the bitterness. duction to them, we might imagine, I am not going to be left, said the, neither philosophy, cufton, nor reli riting liaitly: I have a presage you gion, could make fupportable. We will be well foon; and I am a great are surprised to find we attach to prophetels, my beloved father. Be them, even to endicarient. Ia time, in goud spirits, for I am sure, you even our former habits, no less will recover.-I have sent to Montstrong in 115, are but lightly re- gomery and Welch Pool; and toinembered ; and those purtuits, di. morrow, I am to have the two best versions, and...focistics, without 'Kloctors in Wales.

Your

Your goodness is always a com

vation of his style, which continufort, my darling (replied the deally united the bolde it images with fponding merchant) : but two thou- the most rigorous precision,--we fand Welch doctors could not set me are tempted to esteem him the greatagain on my legs.- If indeed I was eft, the most universal, and the in a condition to procure ---- but most eloquent of philosophers. His that's impoffible!

works are juftly valued,- perhaps Procure what :-whom?-No more valued than known, and therething is impossible, answered his fore more deserving study than eil. daughter with the most eager hafte. logiums. Bacon, born amidst the

I have an idle and romantic obscurity of the most profound faith in the only man in the whole night, perceived that philofophy dd world that knows my conftitution;

not yet exit, though many had, and he is as far beyond my reach, as undoubtedly, Nattered themselves if he were out of existence.

they excelled in it; for the more Good heaven! you mean Dr. -, an age is gross and ignorant, the exclaimed the daughter. I have more it believes itself inforined of heard you often ipeak of his having all that can possibly be known. He twice before saved your precious began by taking a general view of life ; for which I have had him in my the various objects of all natural nightly prayers ever since, and shall iciences: he divided those sciences go on blething him to the hour of into different branches, of which he my death. O, that I were a man made the most exact enumeration, to fetch him!

He examined what was already The father presled her tenderly known relative to each of those in his feeble arms, in acknow- objects ; and he drew up an imledgment of her affection, but told menle catalogue of what remained her, that, from a multiplicity of to be discovered. This was the other claims, it would be as impofli- aim and subject of his admirable ble for the doctor to get down to

work on the dignity and au, men. Wales, as for himself to go out of tation of natural knowledge. In his fick bed to London. Do not, bis New Organ of Sciences, he pertherefore, let us think of it, my

fects the views he had pointed out child, continued the father, since in the first work: he carries them it is only the aggravation of a vain further, and thews the necessity of with, to know that it must end in experimental physics, wlich was not disappointment.--I am refigned. yet thought of. An enemy to lys

tems, be beholds philosophy as only (To be continued.)

that part of our knowledge which ought to contribute to make us bit. ter or more happy. He seems to

limit it to the science of useful CHARACTER of Sir FRANCIE BAcon, Lord High Chancellor of men's the fudy of nature. His

things, and every where recomEngland.

other writings are formed on the (From the French of M. D'Alembert.) Lame plan. Every thing in them,

even their titles, is expreflive of the the juft, intelligent, and lees in great. He there collects facts, extensive views of this great inaid,

he there compare, experiments, and the multiplicity of objects his

pene

indi tes a great number to be frating understanding had compre-made. He invites the learned to Lended within its sphere,--the cle- litury and perfect the arts, which he

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