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Art. VIII. Modern Anecdote of the ancient Family of the Kinkvervare
kotsdarsprakengorchderns. A Tale for Christmas. Dedicated to the
I s. 6 d. Davenhill.
the Rabelaic cast. The story itself is rather a simple one, and required very little invention as to plot, machinery, or denouëment. It is called a Tale for Christmas, and a person with a lively fancy and a voluble tongue, might have told it extempore for the amusement of a company over a good fire, on a Christmas evening.
Cecil is the beautiful daughter of a proud German B ron, who had nothing to boast of but a long line of diftinguished ancestry. He was poor, but over full of the sentiment of familydignity, which was constantly nourished by a sight of his family-pictures. These covered every room of his castle. They were the chief objects of his contemplation in foiltude; and in company the chief subject of his conversation.
Franzel, the son of a Farmer-general, a handsome young fellow, who bore a commission in the army, accompanying his mother on a visit to the Baron, and conceived a strong pallion for his lovely daughter. The pasfion was returned with equal warmth by Cecil. On a proposal of marriage by Madame Franzel, the Baron's pride disdained the connection of his daughter with a person not nobly descended, however superior to himself in fortune. Cecil did not enter so readily into her father's prejudices. She loved Franzel; and at all adventures was determined to marry the man whom her heart had chosen. Her father pointed to the family-pictures; but they could not convince her that her love was ill placed : there was an argument that pressed with greater force, and spoke with an eloquence infinitely more affecting
Hogreften, a relation of the Baron, and resident at the castle, had conceived an affection for Cecil.. This gentleman was alarmed with jealousy at Franzel's visit; and was afterwards confirmed in his suspicions of an amour, by an intercepted letter from Franzel to the young lady. This discovery enraged the Baron, and mortified Hogreften. From a passage in the letter, they concluded that Franzel would carry off the prize by stratagem, or some other means : to prevent which, poor Cecil was doomed to imprisonment in a large room that had only two windows, which were so near the ceiling, that it was impossible for any one to reach them, even by getting on the chairs or tables.
In this confinement she was entrusted to the pious charge of the curate, who was instructed to use his utmost endeavours to Teduce her to the will of her father. She outwitted the curate,
and interested him in her views of escaping from her prison, by alluring him that the was married to young Franzel. Through his hands the conveyed a letter to her lover, who, after reading it, answered in his usual impetuous manner, that after such a night, he should pass every succeeding one in waiting round the castle, or under the windows of the room she was locked up in, and receive her in his arms, the only place (added 'he) where you can be safe from persecution !' That is very true, thought the ; but how to get there is the dilemma !
The fair prisoner first tried by the help of chairs and tables, and bed-clothes, heaped on one another, to scale the wall and get to the window. But in vain. “They would not reach half way up the horrid room.' At last, by the lucky help of a d:eam, which represented to her fancy the whole suite of pictures in the room fallen down on the Aoor, a thought struck her head, when the awoke, that she could make a good use of this dream, and turn the pictures to some better account than her proud father had done. Cecil was cunning: and having outwitted the pare son, thought it no difficult maiter to over-reach her father.
She arose (the Tale lays), fent for the Baron, and told him that she could not bear to see her honoured parents so neglected. • Observe, Sir, said the, how the duft hides the respectable faces of those that hang uppermost. Might I be permitted a ladder to take them down, and have a little soap and water to clean them with ?'-He hesitated some time, and then consented. He brought the ladder himself in, and took down about fifty portraits, armed and not armed, of all ages and titles: and as he took them down he ranged them according to their descent upon the Aoor, against the wall, all round the room. Delightful óce cupation ! He grew an inch taller at every great action he recited; for he told the history of each of their lives to Cecil, who listened with complacency: only the Baron observed that her eyes were often turned towards the windows, which, as there was no view out of them, made him strongly suspect she had the Jadder in view too.
The evening surprised them in their occupations. Hogreften came to partake of the amusement, and inform the Baron that dinner had waited a long time. The Baron, after having for dered the ladder out of the room, quitted it, saying, "I thall return to see the progress of your work, Cecil: and may your occupation remind you of your exalted birth, and may those respectable personages teach you your duty! I intend they fhall be my aid and support in future, indeed,' replied fhe.
As soon as the Baron was gone, Cecil ftill locked in, washed several more of her ancestor's faces. • Ahl cried the every now and then-ah! grim gentry, who have been the cause of so Rev. May, 1780
many a tear, you shall once in my life make up to me for all the sorrow you have occafioned.'
• Soon after dinner the Baron returned with the ladder, which he took great care to have conveyed out at night again; though on purpose to confirm his suspicions, the desired it might remain.
• She could not refuse herself the malicious pleasure that evening of encouraging Hogreften's awkward addresses. She promised her father to marry him. When night came, the permitted Hogreften to kiss her hand, and said, as her father went out, that he was not at all afraid of sleeping in so large a room with so much good company,' pointing to the pictures. Locked in, she waited till she thought every one asleep: then flew to her honoured ancestors, and without regard to precedency or decency, she heaped grandfathers on grandmothers; knights on old maiden aunts; he-cousins bearing armour on the-coulins bearing distaffs. In her hurry indeed, now and then, she made by turns the ladies support the gentlemen, and the gentlemen the ladies : here a father's head rested on a daughter's feet: there a mother's face met a son's buskins : sharp-pointed Aippers rubbed against Aowing perukes: coifs and pinners were joined to longnecked spurs. In short, heads and tails were jumbled together, and parts never intended by nature or good manners to meet, kisled each other. Thus, one by one, the noble family, as faft as the could heap them on each other, made a pile which reached to the windows : Adieu, Messieurs et Mesdames!
said the, as the Sprung out of the window into her handsome Frederic's arms: - where we will leave her. Can we dispose of her better?'
There is a pleasantry and vivacity in the manner in which this Christmas Tale is related : there is an elegance too in some of the descriptions. The reflections are not deftitute of humour and acuteness. As to the moral of the story, we must leave the sagacious Reader to make that important discovery for himself. The grave and the gay will pass sentence according to their different feelings. The former will call the fair Cecil a giddy, obstinate creature, who delerved to have had her neck broken when she took the lover's leap. The latter will commend her fpirit and address. The inference we sagely draw from this genuine anecdote of the ancient house of Kink is this : that love opposed, produces both craft and fortitude : and that when a young Franzel enters a girl's heart, castles will be no defence ;--The will Ay to his arms in spite of fathers, families, and family-pictures.
ART. Art. IX. Observations on ' An Appeal from the Protejant Asociation
to the People of Great Britain.' 8vo. I s. Payne. 1780.
NE capital object of complaint, to the members of the
Aföciation, is, the laxity of the oath now to be administered to Catholics, respecting the royal prerogative. They are chagrined to think that any accommodation should be made for the sake of easing the scruples of persons who are of the Romilh communion. There is something illiberal (to say nothing worse of it) in the umbrage that hath been conceived at this qualifying cláuse in the late A& in behalf of the Papists. The charge on which an objection is grounded, is not only uncandid, but altogether inconsistent. First, they lay it down for an indisputable position, founded on the general principles of the Romith church, and confirmed by the arguments of its most able cafuifts, that no faith is to be kept with heretics'-that no oaths are binding any longer than the keeping them is consistent with the good of the church-of which good the priests are the ultimate judges, and to whom is delegated a power of dispensing with every obligation under which an oath in common life is supposed to subject a person who takes it. And yet, notwithstanding these maxims of popish casuistry, the gentlemen of the Association are very anxious to place the oath to be administered to Catholics upon its original footingguarded as it first was by an equal respect to the church and the Itate. Now let us ask these zealous Protestants a few plain and simple questions, which we wish they would take into serious consideration at their next meeting. If all oaths are indifferent to the Papifts, why were they delirous to have the old teft repealed ?-Why did they universally refuse to take it? Did they not subject themselves to great hazards and inconveniencies on account of their refusal ? If the Catholics can apply for a difpensation at any emergency to free them from an obligation in consequence of the most folemn oaths, wherein lies the neceflity of adminiftering any oath to them at all? It is said, that none can bind them; then why should the Association be so eager to subject them to any? The authority which can luolen the obligation of one, can diffolve the obligations of all: and theref re, on these convictions, the Associators can never mean to propose an oath by way of security to the church or late, or as a des cifive test of belief or practice : but only as a templation to perjury, in case an opportunity should offer in which a Papist may think himself at liberty to commit it for the good of the church.
We have, we trust, given this matter all the attention we are capable of : and on the most cool and impartial judgment
we can form of it, we deliver our sentiments with freedom. We are not under the least apprehension from the growth of Popery in consequence of the late Act in favour of Catholics. It is an Act planned with equal judgment and candour, and will do honour to our statute book. Protestants can never ob. ject to the principles on which it is founded, without expofing themselves to the charge of inconsistency: and Protestant Difsenters are doubly chargeable with inconsistency—the grofleft and most palpable inconsistency, in endeavouring to obftruct the favour of Parliament in behalf of the Roman Catholics. It discovers a meanness and jealousy of spirit which can confer no honour on their cause : and at the same time thews, that they are too little impressed with a grateful fenfe of the liberties which an indulgent Parliament hath wisely and graciously restored to them. We are convinced, that the more liberal part of the Diflenters heartily acquiesce in these sentiments of toleration : as for the other set, whose cry is orthodoxy, while their wilh, perhaps, is tyranny, may their power never be equal to their inclinations !' And this we hope for the sake of humanity for the sake of truth and free enquiry; and we trust the anticlimax will not be too glaring if we say, we entertain this hope
for the sake of the MONTHLY REVIEW.
We were led into this train of reflection by the pamphlet before us, which we earnestly recommend both for the good nefs of the design, and the skill and strength displayed in the execution.
Art. X. The History of the United Provinces of the Netherlands, from
the Death of Philip II, King of Spain, to the Truce made with Albert and Isabella. By William Lothian, D.D. one of the Ministers of Canongate. 410. 16 s. Boards. Dodsley. 1780. *HE period of history which forms the subject of the work
before us, is peculiarly interesting and important. During the 16th century, Spain was the most powerful kingdom of Europe. Her fleets, her armies, and her resources struck terror into the neighbouring states, and bad defance to the collected strength of distant confederacies. The ambition of the Spanish monarchs exceeded the extent and power of their dominions. The active reigns of Charles V. and of Philip II. were continually employed in new projects of conqueft. Both princes were fond of glory; but the first fought it at the head of his armies, in acquiring new accessions of territory; the second aspired at the fame of profound skill and negociation; and detesting war, sought, by the dark schemes of the cabinet, to extend his royal prerogative, and to destroy the liberties of his Jubjects,