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Jorulare tibi ridetur, & sene bene,

stretched out, and lifeless, and under his og Dum nihil habemus majus, calamo ludimus. fore leg the followiug letter, which I got Sed diligenter intuere has nænius;

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“ My dearest Master, --Before we part for

PHEDR. ever, let me thank you for all your kindness; « To catch the heart, the sportive muse and, as the only requital I can make, leave * In Action's form her theme pursues;

you a few of the principal incidents of my « But underneath the gay disguise

life, from which you may draw something to “ A wholesome moral often lies."

amuse yourself and your friends.

“ Yorkshire gave me birth about two-and: My close application to literature having twenty years ago. My three first years are some time ago produced some inward obstruc not worth recording. In my fourth, I was tions, I was ordered by my physician to un purchased at a fair with several other horses, dergo a regimeo of exercise as well as medi- | by a gentleman's steward, and carried about cine, and riding was particularly recommended. I fifty miles off. The day after oar arrival, my lo consequence of this, I looked out for a happy master, surrouuded with a divan of horse, and after some search, met with one at country connoisseurs, had us led out, and a livery-stable, which pleased me extremely. | assorting us according to our several endow. He was

was a tiue black, well marked, about fifteen wents, destined me for the chase, and ordered hands bigb, and seemed to be both light and me into the best pasture. His joy on this strong. But the circumstance which struck important eyent knew no bounds; he exulted me most was, that he had more good sense in in his felicity, and, after over-paying his agent his face than any horse I ever saw, and his only forty per cent. got drunk with his comeye was particularly candid, ingenuous, and panions to crown the auspicious day. benign. The owner honestly confessed that “This gentleman being born to seven hua. he was hurt in his wind, a little tender in his dred pounds a year, and consequently under feet, and that as to age he believed he could do necessity of a profession, had been system. pot be less than twenty. But I was so preju-atically educated on the plan which had been diced in his favoar, that these were no ob annexed as a royalty to the estate for many jections, and I took him home with great generations. The good effects of it indeed pleasure at the price of nine guineas.

were very evident, for be was much happier Though I have no skill in horse Aesb, it is than wiser men. His health and spirits were plaio that I have some in physiognomy. Never | invincible; his laughter sincere and frequent; was there a better creature, a more agreeable he ate and drank liberally, slept soundly, companion, nor, I am convinced, a more sin- i though little, and felt less. I was his prime cere friend. We went out together, not as delight, and when he could not be on my back, master and servant, but on a fooling of the he was always in the stable meditating future most perfect equality; and though I was upper | raptures, or celebrating my praises over his most, yet, if I could have done it with the cups. In a short time, indeed, I felt the same same case, I would willingly have carried him. | instinct as himself, and found my spirits rise I never rode with either whip, switch, or spur, | mechanically at the cry of the hounds. But Jest I might inadvertently burt him. He on one fatal day, after exerting every sinew always chose bis own road, went in the gait he | under him, during a mad unmeaning chase of Jiked best, stopped to graze as long as he had

seven hours, without seeing either fox or dogs, a mind, and turned homeward when he was my sides being laid open by the spur, and tired. At every little ascent I alighted to covered with blood, I fainted, and fell under favour his wind, and when he fell, which he him. For this offence I was condemned as always did when he stumbled, I soothed away i carrion ; but his daughter begged me for ber. the concern which his honest eye expressed self, to which, after he found be bad broken as an apology for his feet.

my wind, he at last assented. Such was onr happy intercourse for fifteen “ I now got under a lovely pair of legs, and wonths, but one morning last week going to was stroked by a delicate white band. My see bim fed, I found the wortby animal li mistress was about eighteen, very handsome,


I was

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and very ignorant. Indeed, the use of letters “ My new purchser was a tradesman, alio
did not seem ever to have reached this man having obtained log industry thirte tholisand
sion, for, as I understood, there was nothing pounds more than be had ever experici, leo
legible in the house but a sheci almanack | solved to commence a man of fashion.
over the chimney, and half a volume of novels

put to his new post chaise, and matters went
belonging to the upper maid. My poor young on merrily for about two years, when an atia
lady paid dearly for this deficiency. By the lucky execution laid hold of ine, and ali ilie
art of this bussey, she was inveigled to elupe other cattle, the country bouse, and any lady's
with a valet, and I was made the unwilling i diamond car-rings.
instrument of conveying her to his arms. “ This revolution threw me into the bands
Penitence and poverty soon ensued; but my of a gentleman, who, from having bothing to
master, with true parental aftrction, completed do but to think, was become a first rate liypo-
by his firmuess, the ruin which her folly bad chondriac. For twenty times that I was sad.
begun, and left his favourite child to starre.

lled, I was not mounteil ouce. lle would “ I was now a second time on his bands,

look at the sky near balf au bour, with one whey the young Squire came home, who having foot in the stimp, presaging the weather ; inherited £1500 a year by the death ofa distant

then order me to the stable, and before I could relation, had been London for a mouth to

take two bites, I was lead out again. A glcatu see the world. I happened to please him, and of sunshine broke out; the great coat was the old gentleman, wh:), though strictly honest

thrown aside. The ray disappeared; it was in every other dealing, was a latitudinarian as

called for again. Three or four drops of a to horse fesh, dropped ny imperfections, and summer mist destroyed the whole scheme; took in his son for sixty guineas.

he returned to bis chagrin, and I to my bay. " The composition of my young master was “ But my greatest misfortune was my mis. buckisin, grafted upon folly Taste, honour, ter's excessive care. Health was his only and gallantry, were his favourite subjects. study, and from the analogy between bis eis. Plis excessive finery proved the first; the se

cera and mine, he governed me by bis uin cond could not be doubted, for he quarrelled, theory. Grass was too laxative, hay was a in every company; and his love for the ladies!

caput mortuum, and oats infarcient. A com: was evident from his seducing, or (which pomnd diet was therefore ordered, of chopped pleased him just as well) being thought to

clover, strewed with rhubarb, balls of rice, seduce all the farmers' girls in the country.

outmcal, powdered hartshorn and saloop, I have been fastened to a door in my rich fur. made up with treacle, with a carminative addi. niture, for twelve hous together, to display tion of pepper, aniseeds, and grated ginger. luis conquests.

Nor was the bottle or the This regimen not agreeing with me, phledicebox excluded from his system; so that in hotomy was directed once a week ; sharp about three years ] was released from a painfui cathartics every niher day, and three constant service by the purchaser of his estate, and my rowels to draw of the peccant humours. But young gentleman retiroa!, friendless and 119 the worst of all was an emetir, which being pitied, to obscurity, there to associate for the his own favourite reinedy, was given to me reinainder of his life with contempt, poverty, daily, and, not operating in the way lie wished, and sickness.

threw me into violent agonies. I heard the "My health had suffered so much by ill

groom say, that my apothecary's bill for a year usage, that my new owner suon parted with came to seventy-six pointisis. But I soon be. me to one of the people called Quakers, in came an emblem of mortality, too strong for vrhose kind hands I soon began to recover. my master's imagination to hear, and he gave My pasture was excellent; neither my hay me away to a travelling pedlar. Thus I lost a por oats were embezzled; I was well worked, good-natured man, possessed of sense and hut never ill used, and by cleanliness and care virtue : yet useless to society, and unbappy J soon became as sleek as my master's beaver. in himself, from the want of those interesting Indeed every thing about him seemed to pursuits, without which nature will cver prey thrive. Habitual attention, quiet domestic upon herself, and her best purposes be dediscipline, and rational economy, made every feated. hour cheerful and serene: but a price tar “I fiud myself going--my story would fill above my value, tempted him at last to part a volume--so various have been iny miseries, with me, and with much regret I left a ser as the slave of man, that their recital would vice where there was plenty withont waste; hurt your philanthropy. My pangs increase. neatness without finery; and happiness with Farewell." ont show.



The Marquis des Arcis was a gay man,

is the matter with you?"_"Nothing," Fery amable, with but a sorry opinion of the “ That is impossible. Come, Marriioness," virtue of women.

said he, yawning, “tell me what it is ; it will He however found one singular enough to anduse both you and me.

What are you keep him at a distance. Her name was Ma troubled with enni?"_"No; but there are daine de la Pomineraye. She was a widow of days, on wbich people are apt to fall into character, of birth, of firstune, and of pride. ennui.”“You are mistaken, my dear, I proM. des Arcis broke ofi'ail his other connec test you are mistaken; but, in reality, there tions, attached himself solely to Marlame de la are days! One does not know froin what it Pommerase, paid court tuber with the great proceeds. My dear, I have a long time been est asjility, and endeavoured by every ima tempted to make you any contiant, but I am givable sacritice to prove to her his aft'ction; afraid of giving you vexation "-" You give he proposed even to roarry her; but this lady me vexation: you ?"--" Perhaps I may; but was so unfortunate in her first husband that Heaven is witness of my innocence. It has she had rather encounter every species of happened to me, without my being conscious misfortune than haziri a second marriage. of it, by a curse to which apparently the whule

This lady lived very retired. The Marquis human race is subject; sucel, even myself, pas an old friend of her husband, be visited have not escaped it.”—“Ali, it concerns you, and contialed to visit hier. Overlooking his

and to be afraid !" “17hat is the matter?' esieninate taste for gallantry, be was, what "Marquis, the matter is, I am wretched; I non the world cails, a man of honour. The per about to render you so; and, everything proseverance of the Marquis, seconded by his perly considered, I had better be silent.”-personal qualities, bis youth, his figure, the "No, my love, speak out; can you keep auy apparent sincerity of his passion, by solitude, thing that lies upon your beart in secret froin a natural disposition to tenderness, in a word, me? las it not the agreement we made, that by every feeling which lays women open to the we should lay open our souls to each other seduction of men had the effect, and Madame without reserve?"-"It is true, and this is de la Pomineraye, atier having withstood the the very thing which weighs me down; it is a Marquis for several months, and resisted even charge which aggravates fiveit of a more inher own inclinations, exacted from him, as is portaut nature with which I accuse myself. C'ilstomary, the musi solemn oaths, made the “ Have you not perceived that I no longer Marquis happy, wbo would have enjoyed a have my former gaiety? I have lost my appe. most pleasant lut, had he preserved for his tite; I neither eat nor drink, but lireasa singo mistress those sentiments which he had sworn reasov telis me it is proper. I canect slar. to maintain, and which she entertained for | I am displeased with our most intimate cumbim, for women only kuow how to love; men inunications. During the niglit I examine are totally ignorant of the matter. At the myself, and say; Is it that he is less amiable? expiration of a few years the Marquis began No. Is it that you have reason tu he dissatisto find the life which he led with Madame de fied with bim? No. Why then, while your la Pommerave too duil He proposed to her lover cuntinges the same, bas your heart unthat they should mingle in socirty, and she dergone a change? For it has changed." colisented. By degrees he passed one day and “ How, madain !" At this the Marchiness two days without seeing ber; by and by he de Pommeraye covered her pres with her absented himself from the dinner and supper hands, reclined lier head, and a moment nos parties which he had arranged. Madame de la silent; after wbich she added, “Marquis, 1 Pomineraye perceived that she was no longer | was prepared for your astonishment, for a!! the object of his love; it was necessary that the bitter things with which you could reshe should ascertain the fact, and this was the proach nie. Spare me, Marquis !-- No, do m'de she adopter.

not spare ine; say all your resentment can One day after dinner she said to the Mar dictate; I will listen with resignation, for I quis, “You are musig, my friend!"-" You deserve it. You are the same ; but your are musing also, Marchioness."-" True, my friend is changed. She respects you; she Deditations are melancholy enougli."-"}bat esteems you as much or more than ever ; but

" but

a woman, accustomed, like her, closely to ex- | necessity is superior to law. I had almost reámine wbat passes in the most secret recesses solved io put my danghter to the Opera, but of her soul, and to allow nothing to impose, she has weak a voice, and is but an indifferent upon her, cannot concéal from herself that dancer. I took her in the course of my suit, love is fled. The discovery is frightfull, but it' and after it was determined, to the bouses is not the less real.” Saying this, the Marchio- ; of magistrates, voblemen, lawyers, farmers ness de la Pummeraye ebrew berself back in of the revenue, and tradesmen, who toyed her arm chair, and fell a weeping. The Mix with her for a time and then threw her off : quis threw himself down at her knees :-" You | yet she is as beautiful as an angel, and is posare a charming, an adorable, a matchless sessed of wit and grace, but she has nothing of woman," said he; 56

* your frankuess, your the spirit of libertinism, and protests to me sincerity confounds me, and should over every day, that the condition of the most whelm me with slame. Ah! what superiority wretched is preferable to hers; so melancholy orer ine does this moment confes upon you! i hus her situation rendered ber that she begins Huw dignified I see you, myself how mean! to be deserted."--" Coulil I suggest to you a You bave been the first to confess, while it inode of making a splendid fortaue for both, was I who first was guilty. We have only to would you agree to adopt it then?"-" With congratulate ourselves wutoally upon having great pleasure.”—“ But I must know whether lost, at the same winment, the frail and de you will promise scrupulously to conform to teitful feelings by which we were once united.” the counsels whiclil shall give you.”—“Whal

M. le Margnis des trois and Madame de la ever they may be, you may depend upon it."Pommeraye embraced, enchanted with one “ And you will be ready to obey my ordere another, and separated. The greater the con. whenever I please?"-"We wait them with straint under which the lady was in his pret imparience."_" This is sufficient; you may sence, the more violeut was her grief when return home; it shall not be long before you they parted. “It is then," cried slie, receive them." too true ; be loves me no move!" When the Madame de la Pommeraye hired a small first paroxisms of passion were over, and when apartment in a decent buase, in the suburbs she was enjoying all the tranquillity of indig. most vemute from the quarter iu wbich d’Aisa nation, she considered of the means of aveng. nou lived, furnished it as soon as possible, in. ing berself, and of avenging hersell' in a cruel viled d'Aisnon and her daughter, and settled manner, a way wbieh should territy all these them there, prescribiug to them the line of who attempted in future to sconce and deceivel conduct they were to follow. “ You will not a viriuous wornan. She did avenge herseli, frequent the pnblic walks,” said she, "for you she was cruelly avenged; her vengeance was

must not be known. You will after to-morrow not concealed; but it corrected no person).

assume the garb of devotees, for it is necessary Madame de la Pommeraye had formerly that you pass as such. You will resume your known a country lady, whom a law suit, bad timily name, because it is an honest one, and obliged to repair to Paris along with ber enquiries may sooner or later be made in your daughter, young beautiful, and well educated. own country. You will spia, you will sew, She bad learned, that this lady, being ruined | you will knit, you will embroider, and by the loss of his suit, had been reduced to you will give your work to the women who the necessity of keeping a gaming-table. They sulosist on charity, to sell. Your daughter met at her house, pluyed, supped, and com will never go out without you, nor you withmonly one or two strangers staii and passed out yous daughter. Neglect no means of edithe niplit with Mailame or Mademoiselle, as

fication which can be bad at a small expence. they had a miund. Madame de la Pommeraye | You will keep up a good understanding with sent one of her people in quest of these crea the curate and the priests of the parish, tures. She found thein ont, and askerl ibem because I may have need of their attestation. to pay her arisit, thoagh they scarcely recol- ! You will walk in the streets with down-cast Jected bes. These ladies, who had taken the eyes; at church, attend to nothing but the name of Madaine and Mademoiselle d Aisnon, service. accepted the invitation. After the first coin “I grant that this mode of life is austere, pliments had passed, Madame de la Pomme-| but it will not be of long continuance, and, i raye asked d'Aionon what she had done, aud promise you, it will amply recompense you in how shelivcıl, since the loss of her suit :-“To the end. Consider, consult your owu feelings; boe ingevuous," repliesl d'Aisnon, “I bave been if you think such a degree of constraint be engaged in a profession which is dangerous, lyond your power, coufess it to me; I shall intamųus, poor, and, to me, disgusting; but neither be offended nor surprised."

About three mooibs had now elapsed siuce that resource, but they have preferred aa matters had continued in this situation, when bunest competence to a disgraceful pleuty. 21 adame de la Pommeraye thought it line to What they have left is su scauty, that in truth put her graud springs in motion. One suur I do not know how they contrive tv subsist. mer's day wben the weather was line, and Now, Marquis, answer me truly, would not when she expected the Marquis to dinner, she all our riches appear pitiful baubles in our eyes, sent notice to d'Aisoon and her daughter to Here we more impressed with an expectation repair to the Royal Garden. The Marquis of the bappiness, and a dread of the sutieriugs arrived, dioner was served up early, they

of quother life? To seduce a young giri, or dinerl, they dired gaily. After divver the a wide attached to her husband, with the belief Marquis and his mistress took a walk in the that you night die in her arms and fall at once garder. They were going along the first into punishment without end; admit that this alley, when Madame de la Pommeraye uttered vere the most incredible frevzy."-"This a cry of surprise, saying: “I am not mis bowever is done every day.'- it is because taken, I believe it is they themselves !" 1.- people have po faith, it is because they baniska stantly she quitted the Marquis, and advanced these thoughts from their minds. It is be. to meet our two devotees. Mademoiselle cause our religious opinions have little influ. d'Aisnon looking enchanting under the sim. ence upon our morals." ple attire she wore, which, attracting no ob. For a considerable period, the Marquis did servation, fixed the whole attention upon the not allow even a single day lo pass without person.--"Ah! Is it you, Madam :"_“Yes, seeiug Madame de la l'omweraye; but when it is l.”—“And how do you do, and what has he came, he sat down,ole was silent; Madaine become of you this age?"-"You are ac de la Pomineraye had all the conversation here quainted with our misfortunes; we were ob- self. The Marchioness, when she saw him, liged to acquiesce in them, and to live retired, said, “ How ill you look! Where have you suitably to our little fortune, to quit the gay been? Have you spent all this time in bedlam?" world when we could no longer appear in it “[pou my faitis, very near it. Despair hus with decency."_“But me, abandon me tvo, plunged me into the wost unbounded libera whom am not of the gay world, and who have linism" always had the good sense to consider it as Without Faying more, he began walking insipid as it really is '-How unjust! Let backwards and forwards, not speaking a single us take a seat, we will have a little couversa word; he went to the wirdos, louked at the tion. This is the Marquis des Arcis, he is sky, flopped short before Niadanie de la Pom. my friend, and we shall be laid under no con meraye; he went to the door, called bis sesa straiot by his presence."

vanla to whom be had nothing to say, sent They sat down, they talked of friends bip.! them away again; he returned to Madame Madame d'Aisnon spoke a great deal, Made de la Pommeraye, who continued her work moiselle d'Aisnon said little. They both talked without taking notice of him. lie wished te in the style of devotion, but with ease and speak, but was afraid to venture. At least witbout affectation. Long before day closed, l Madaine de la Pommeraye took pity uparce our two devotees departed.

him, and said, “What is the matter with you? The Marquis did aot fail to enquire of Ma. You leave us a month without seeing you; dame de la Pommeraye who these two women you return with a countenance like a ghost, were." They are two creatures happier than and are as restless as a soul in forment." ne are. Observe the fine health they enjoy! "I cau fushcar no longer; I must tell you the serenity which reigns in their countevance! all. I was deeply tvuched with the daughter the innocence, the decency which dictate their l of your friend; she occupied my whole inind, remarks! You never see this, it is not under but I did every thing to forget her, and the stood in our circles."

giore I did, the more she was present to my Madame de la Pommeraye told the Marquis recollection. This anyeiic creature hunts what she kuew of the name, the country, the me incessantly. Do me au important service." original situation, and the law-suit of the two

" What may that be?" devotees ; addivg to the accouut all the in “I must alsolulely see her again, and I terest, all the pathetic circumstances she could

must be indebted to you for the obligation, I desise. Shefthen continuedia" They are two barve placed my spies all around. They go no women of extraordinary merit, especially the where but from their house to the church, and daughter. You may conceive that with a from the church bome again. Twouty times Egure like hers people may want for uothing I threw myself in their way, and absolutely in this place, if they condescend to employ they touk nu uutice of me; I pluated myself at

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