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1769.
LETTER FROM PAOLI.

37 on the fituation of our affairs. My leges of human nature. What does it charader has not been that of a hero fignify to me, that I am able to comof romance, a Quixote, or an Amadis. mand a multitude of Naves, who thall There is nothing more real than the come and humiliate ihemselves at my objeđ I pursue : But if, inftead of a feet, if in a quarter of an hour afterreal obje&t, I pursue a chimera, I am wards, I am forced, in my turn, to deceived indeed; yet my error shall humble myself at the feet of another, Dever cause me to defert ebe common one degree higher than myself? If í cause. What are for the most part the fall the victim of liberty, 'I fall fall cbjects of our pursuits, but dazzling nobly, and teach others to facrifice chimneras, wbich have no other exit themselves to the common cause. Our tence tban that which our lively and love of liberty will subfilt, even among deceived imagination lends them Up- the ruins of our country; it will be co this principle, I will pursue my enlivened by fire, be born again of first plan; and if that liberty which Í the ashes, and will grow, though in leek, is not to be found any where, irons. Of une faughtered hero will I itill fail account him my enemy, be produced a thouland; and as Terthat will undertake to seinove the de. tullian said of the primitive martyrs lufion from my sight! Let me enjoy of the church, “ Their blood will be this dream, which, to me, seems so fruitful, and heroes will never be much like truth.

wanting in Corlica." The offers that have been made me are both injurious to me, and repug. To the AUTHOR of the LONDON nant to that spirit of liberty, which

MAGAZINE, circulates with my blood in my veins, SIR, the lad drop. You little know the

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very just one, that children do not courage of the Corsicans, if you can know the duty which is owing to believe they will ever submit to a fo- their parents, till they come to bave reign yoke. All the efforts of Genoa a progeny of their own; then indeed have proved ineffe&tual, against their the numberless hours of folicitude, valour and love of liberty; and hall which they experience for the happiwe tben submit to another power tbatness of their little ones, wake them comes to offer us its chains? The into the full fenfibility of a filial afrocks that surround me, hall melt fe&tion, if they are not wholly callous away, ere I will betray a cause which to the finest feelings of humanity; and I hold in common with the lowest Cor. they learn a just knowledge of the oblican. No; I never will betray my ligations they lie under to the authors country, after having been the gene of their being, by the reverence and rous defender of it. If any man was love which they expect from those on capable of enslaving mė, it would be whom they have conferred the blelthe Comté de Marbeuf; and the king ling of existence themselves. bis matter could not bave chosen a I myself, Sir, am a melan. more enchanting man : But you know, choly proof of the foregoing observaSir, the price of liberty, like health, tion. —My father, Sir, is a man of fa. is only known when lost; they are the mily and fortune, who, though he had molt precious enjoyments of vise. Let leveral other children, equally entitled the mean flaves of their masters wills to bis attention, yet treated me with fann at their feet, and renounce the such an extraordinary share of affecsatural rights of humanity; as for tion, that I was generally distinguishme, I have learnt to be free ; I know ed by the name of the favourite : This how to live fo; and to die free, I distinction, however, instead of giving would facrifice ten lives if i bad them: me a laudable ambition of deserving I have but one, but that shall not sur- the parental partiality, filled me only vise my liberty. Be assured, Sir, I with a shameful inclination to abuse hall ever he immoveable. Gold loses it; the continual indulgence which its tplendor, when offered as the price should excite my gratitude, served en. oi liberty. Honours are only able to tirely to fwell my pride; and the fa. dazzle fools, if they are not to be ob- vours which I ought to have received tained but by renouncing the privi- with the deepest relpect, I looked up

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The affe&ting History of Maria Mortimer. Jar on as so many actual debts to my fu- reconciled me to this offer, I mea perior accomplishments.-Nay, Sir, the recommendation of a parent, ma I frequently thought my father terially determined me against it. much obliged to nie, when I con- could not bear the thought of bein descended to accept a token of his governed; my lover was, befides, tendernes, and relented as an abso. man wholly without spirit, that i Jute indignity to my merit any neces- without either the fashionable follie fary document which he gave on the or the fashionable vices of the age glaring improprieties of my behaviour. and there was no enduring the lifele

Volatile and vain, my regards were morality of such a character ; he was solely centered in myself, and I ima- therefore, speedily dismified, and m gined him either unnatural or kind, father presuming to be offended at m as he consulted the gratification of my folly, I complied with the preffing.fo wishes; yet though I expected he licitations of a young captain of dra would upon all occasions comply with goons, who had newly enrolled him the particular turn of my temper, I felf among the number of my admir never recollected that any thing was ers, and spiritedly accompanied bin due to his peace ; I never remember- on a matrimonial tour to Scotland ed that his happiness materially de- without ever asking a single queftior pended upon my prudence, nor con relative to his circumstances or his fa sidered how cruelly an act of disobe- mily. dience must stab him to the heart; on Oh! ye amiable, ye now smilin the contrary, Sir, to my everlasting daughters of prosperity, who enjo disgrace be it mentioned, I always the bleffings of a paternal protection wanted his repose sacrificed to my own learn from my wretched fate to let humour, and even found an exquisite just estimation on the tenderness of pleasure in revenging on the good, father ; do not think disobedience the venerable man, every opposition proof of good sense, nor imagine it which he had made to the arrogance mark of heroism to be unnatural. Un of my will; that is, in other words, acquainted with the ways of the world every affectionate anxiety which he you require instruction from the wise manifested for the advancement of my and none can be fo faithful a monitor felicity.

as he who is most deeply interested in The hand, the upright hand of your happiness. Had I prudently fol heaven, however, has justly punished lowed the lesson, which fatal experi my ingratitude, and the very disobe- ence enables me to inculcate, how dience in which I triumplied, is now, many days of anguish had I avoided by the wise dispensation of providence, But recollection now only ferves to a rod of fcorpions to itself. If I can, harrow up my bosom, and the misery Sir, I shall pursue my unfortunate which must mark the remnant of my ftory : Yet the recollection of my life, is for ever to be aggravated with guilt, almost stings me into madness'; the consciousness of its being juftly meand I even bluth to ask compassion rited. from the world, where I am conscious For some time after my marriage, So little pity is due to my tears. Sir, I expected every day to receive an

Indulged as I was by the goodness overture of reconciliation from my thus abuled, Sir, and poflefled of a father, and my pride began to be fo person, perhaps, paflable enough, it verely mortified at the bare imaginamay be easily supposed that when I tion that it was possible for him to call approached to maturity, I received me wholly off from his affection.some Aattering addreffes from your But this pride was still more mortified sex, especially as I had pretensions to when my husband informed me, that a genteel fortune : My poor father, he had lost a large sum of money

, at indeed, was extrensely delirous of fee- play, and that, unless my family iming me settled in the world, and re- mediately did some very handsome commended a gentleman to my atten- things for me, he must not only be untion, who was every way qualified to der an indispenfible necessity of selling make me happy, if I had entertained bis commiffion, but must eternally bid any rational ideas of happiness; but adieu to his country. Thunder-ftruck the very argument which mould have at this information, I felt all the guilt

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1769. Tbe affeEling History of Maria Mortimer.

39 of my late misconduct with the keen- miserable state to which I had reduced e fensibility:Nay, my very vani. myself, my mind was hurried into ty supplied the place of virtue ; and madness; but when I saw my sweet pointed out the meanness of applying innocent, and recollected his life incaly in the hour of distress, and even mediately depended upon mine, my tben of applying merely for relief to despair was melted into anguish, and ibe father, whom I had so infamously found relief in a plentiful flood of defested, for an acquaintance of a tears. With the two guineas already monib.—However, the application mentioned, and a few small fums was únavoidable ; my husband's diffi. which I have borrowed from the culties, if removed, were to be re. friends who still condescended to own moved instantly. I therefore sat down me, I have made a shift, Sir, to sublist bluthing with same, yet trembling for a twelvemonth, which has now with apprehension, and wrote a peni- just elapsed since the flight of my bartential letter to my father, acknow. barous husband. But, alas! Sir, ledging my faults, setting forth my dif- these resources now begin to fail me. trelles, and conjuring him, by all he People industriously seek causes to held moft dear, to take pity on my avoid an intercourse with the wretch Gretched fituation.

ed, and I who once thought it disa This letter I dispatched by a foot- graceful even to make concessions to man, who returned in a little time a father, am now obliged to suppliwith the excruciating answer, that cate the compassion of Itrangers for a my father had solemnly determined precarious bit of bread. What will Aerer to hold the least intercourse with become of me, heaven only knows ! an unnatural wretch who had destroy. unless I am speedily aslifted. My ed bis everlasting peace of mind, and beautiful prattler lies at this moment brought an indelible ftain upon his dangerously ill of a fever, and must house, by marrying a despicable gam- inevitably perish for necefíaries, if the bler. Dreadful as this reply appeared ministring angel of providence does to me, the information it contained, not quickly stretch forth forne blessed with regard to my busband's character, hand to his relief. was the rooft inlupportable part of it. To my father I dare not look up I always looked upon him to be a for pity. Yet, venerable author of gentleman at least; though imprudent. my being ! if you could conceive but I married, I did not fancy myself the smallest idea of what your aban. married dishonourably. But my fa. doned Maria feels for her disobedi. Eber's opinion of my choice was un. ence, if you could but know the pangs happily too juftly founded, and when which tear her bosom, while the thus the contemptible fellow, in whose hands relates her ingratitude to you, and I had placed the whole happiness of weeps upon the melancholy cradle of by life, discovered that my expecta. her expiring infant, your generous tions of a fortune were entirely at an heart would be struck at her ami&tions, end, he quitted the kingdom, and and your humanity would be intereft. be firft intelligence I received of his ed for the fellow-creature, though bght, came from a man to whom he your justice might prevent you from bad sold not only the furniture of looking with tenderness upon the his house, but all the little ornaments daughter ! O then, with mercy, hear I carried with me from bome, even to her prayer-he does not prelume to the gown in which I was then drest; address your fondness as a father buc leaving me but two guineas, to enter your charity as a man-lave her dyo, upon an inhospitable world, and to ing little one---and she asks no coñ. support a helpless poor infant, who passion for herself---snatch him from was as cruelly deserted as its unfor- the grave, and give her to death with tunate mother.

out reluctance... he is called after To whom, or what, or how could yourself, and may yet live to make I complain In the firft moments of some atonement for his mother's my diftra&tion, nothing but the ago. crime...No!--e'tis too late...he is now pizing fondness which I felt for my in his last agonies...and all will be unhappy little boy, prevented me speedily over with from some act of desperation on my

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An I MPARTIAL REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS. ARTICLE 1.

flections contained in it, were intended for

the private use of friends under affliction ; Letter to the Rigbt Reverend ebe Lord

but that he had not proceeded far with chem, Biskop of Oxford, from ibe Mafter of ibe Teme before a severe event of the same kind, rena pat. Containing Remarks upon some Strictures

dered it necessary for him to call the prezede by bis Grace sbe late Archbishop of Can.

cepts home to his own mind; and it would terbury, in :be Rev. Mr. Merrick's Annota.

be happy, he says, if he could rec immend tians en Ibe Psalms, 828. 1$. Longman.

their efficacy on experience, though he acThe late archbishop of Canterbury bav. knowleges that the writing of them helped ing made some triatures in Ms. Mer. him to forget his forrows-Be this as it may, rick's annotations on the psalms, on Dr. we think there is some hing will worth atSharpe's searing of the cuh, Dr. Sharpe in tending to in his performance, which is enbis letter to the very learned bishop of Ox- tirely colloquial and of which the following ford, defends himself with great modesty, as extract will give a tolerable conception to well as with great reasoning, agairft the our readers. force of the archbishop's criticism; but as ** extract from this ingenious pamphlet

DISCOU'R E 1. would not give our readers a clear idea of the

FRIDERIC and PHAR ANOND. dispote, and as in conuoverlies of this nature F. I have suffered so much, and enjoyed lo people fruit have the arguments on both fides little, ibat I wanted the confolations you before them, to make an accurate judgment, speak of; but for you, niy Pharamond, 1 We are obliged from principles of candour 10 hape Providence has a beter fare, and that refer the public to the article itself for a pro- the art of bearing eviis is the last thirg you per information,

Reed learn. II. Frederick and Pharamond, or obe Cooso- P. Whatever you may have the goodness lations of Human Life. By John Langhorne, to hope for me, you would not have me forD. D. 1 vol. 12 mo. 2., 66. Becket.

get that I am a man. - You are incapable of la 18 advertisement prefixed to this little such kindness-It is from your experience in volume, the author informs us that the re. adversity that I promise myielt instruction Jan. 1769,

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