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While he was thus deliberating for her to be alarmed than he was within himself, Rinaldo left his fair aware of; for Antonio quickly ap. companion for a conversation with peared again with three attendants, her father. The moment, at once the and demanded admission at the hut, most favourable to his wishes, was too in which Alphonso had, for the precious to lose. He immediately present, advised Rinaldo to secure alighted from his horse, and pre- Almira. senied himself before her.

Every argument was used in vain Almira screamed with alarm, de- to dissuade Antonio from proceeding manded whence he came and who any farther in his views against Al he was, and entreated him to foro mira. Every assurance of opposi. bear offering any violence. But An- tion was treated with contempt, and tonio, wholly disregarding her ad- he only became more irritated when monition, proceeded to salute her, he was informed, that, whatever her declaring that nothing should ever present appearance might be, she dissposess him of a woman so fair would in a very short time move in and lovely. At this instant Rinaldo a sphere of life as much above him returned! He returned, but who can in rank, as she was superior to him deseribe his feelings? It would have in every accomplishment of the mind. been enough to have struck him Antonio, notwithstanding, still pera, motionless to have found her with a sisted in his resolution to possess , man; but to behold his dear Al- himself of Almira, for whom he mira rudely folded in the arms of assured Alphonso he had imbibed another was death itself. Fired the most inviolable regard. Rinaldo, with too much rage for reflection, he said, was no stranger to his title be immediately drew his sword, and and riches, both of which he was running up to Antonio, was upon ready to lay at Almira's feet, howthe point of plunging it into his ever above what she could have any heart, when he perceived it to be right to expect; but that if she was his uncle. • Heavens!' exclaimed still denied to his wishes, she should Rinaldo,' is it possible that my nevertheless be his. eyes can see right, or do they not Antonio, having expressed himself deceive me, when they present to to this effect, immediately left the my view one of the worst of ruffians, hut, bidding Alphonso and his nein the person of my uncle Antonio ?'' phew beware of provoking his reAntonio, instead of offering any ex sentment. cuse for the insult he had given,

(To be continucd.) used the grossest language to Rinaldo, and loaded Almira with the foul. est abuse, telling her that his power was not to be resisted, and that no LETTERS TO A YOUNG LADY. protection should shelter her from his intentions. So saying, he turned

LETTER I. abruptly away, and, after remount. ing his horse, vowed he would presently return with a force too powe I received yours, in which I erful for them to think of oppo- find nothing to complain of but a sition.

litile false spelling, which is genem Rinaldo requested Almira to be rally to be expected in letters from composed, and to fear no hurt. young persons unused to epistolary I'here was more reason, however, correspondence. It is not the cam Vol. XXXVIII.

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Dear Betsey,

pacity of spelling with correctness at least the essays thus produced with the tongue that is always at- will give you more satisfaction in the tended with the certainty of writing course of a few months than you can with the same correctness with the really imagine. And in the next pen. The eye must be taught as well place, reading different authors will as the ear; and here, perhaps, the very much contribute to help you means of instruction may be con forward in spelling, and for this reasidered of a twofold nature. The son, becaase the words most in use, habit of knowing correct orthogra- by occurring the most frequently, phy by sight must be acquired. become the more familiar to the Spelling rightly is sometimes gain- mind, and the true manner of spelled by reading the thoughts of others;. ing them is by this means the more but it is oftener obtained by writing likely to be seen and remembered. our own.

But still inditing your own conI much question, could you spell positions has very much the ad. all the words of the English language vantage of reading the productions by rote, as they occur in the dice of others, to aid you in the accomtionary, if you have not been ac- plishment of the art I am speaking customed to see them as they are of. The eye becomes familiar to arranged in the manner they are the word as it is written, and when used in compositions, whether it a word correctly spelt has occurred would be possible for you, in many to your eye frequently, it makes an hours, to write correctly one single impression on the mind peculiar to line.

itself; by which the same word im-' You are therefore, if for no other properly spelt creates

a kind of purpose but to improve yourself in disgust, which is principally the reaorthography, to accustom yourself son why false spelling is so extremely very frequently to be giving your disgraceful to the writer and offenthoughts to paper, upon one sub sive to the reader. ject or other; which are then to be You would little suppose it; but carefully examined by the helps to I can fully assure you that by frebe obtained from your dictionary, quently exercising yourself in this way, with a view to correct the errors you you, in a very little time, would be have made,

able to detect any error in spelling, It matters not what you write, so almost the moment you fix your eye that you write as good sense as you upon the paper, or letter you have to can : by this means you will soon read; hy a single glance from the perceive that you will make con top to the bottom of the page. I siderable improvement; for every will venture to say, you will be enerror you detect by these means is abled to discover any incorrect spella more likely to be impressed on your ing in it, though, perhaps, there is mind, than if you had been told of but one single mistake. Any disthem by another person.

proportion in a word, any little error But ihere is another advantage in would appear obviously to your sight this practice: by habituating ycur at once ; so astonishingly correct is mind to produce matter to be ex the faculty of seeing, in discovering pressed with your pen, you will soon by a certain rule it has altained any tind no difliculty when you sit down thing that does not correspond with to write to your friend, or for your that rule. You will be able now, own private perusal, to fill up your my dear Betsey, to take the few paper with facility and pleasure; or errors you have made in your letter

into serious consideration. Let not parent : early intense mental applimy remarks discourage you: had cation as well as early intense la. you made ten times more, you would bour, are both injurious. The colt soon be able, by attending to the di- of every ignorant farmer is managed rections I have given you, to avoid better, that its strength and growth them in future.

may not be checked. And shall the I wish you much to make the intelligent child whose mind looks most of your mind : the think- forward to heaven, formed for the ing and reasoning faculty which God noblest fights, not have time to alhas given you is a great blessing; low its pinions to gather strength but, like other of his blessings, it and nerve, that it may stretch, and must be improved and cultivated, or expand itself, in the noblest atmoit comes to nothing.

sphere—in the sublime regions of The whole creation is one conti. Genius, because it was forced too far nyed display of motion and industry. at first, before the mind was qualified All beings that have any wants must to receive the nourishment of the be brought to exercise, to answer element to which it is carried, and those wants : this is the law of na which it is calculated to convey ? ture.

In my next I shall endeavour to The creature that is given up to give you some instructions concernidleness and sloth must degenerate, ing grammar; that is, the proper if not die, without the supply of placing of words in the construction others; and with this supply what of sentences; which will probably be is the life of such a creature? born followed, as I have leisure, by other for activity, it becomes the sink subjects that may judge, most of diseases, stupidity, and sorrow.

useful in assisting you to open your Seek then to improve all the facul- mind, regulate your conduct, and ties of your mind ; now especially, guard against those pernicious weeds while you are young.

of error, which will arise and fouAny wisdom now gained is of rish where there is not due cultivatenfold worth: what is gained in tion. I am your very affectionate the decline of life serves us but a

uncle, little time; but the wisdom of our

VESPER. mind that guides our earliest years April 22, 1807, grows with our growth, and ina creases in value as we advance towards old age.

Watch well your hours: each hour is your friend, or it is your enemy; Account of the new Opera, callit has something good to bestow, or

ed « PeteR THE GREAT; or, something valuable to take away.

Wooden Walls,' performed for I am not, however, an advocate

the first Time at the Theatrefor intense application. Tasks that

Royal, Covent-Garden, on Friday, are too severe and injudicious do the mind more harm than good ;

May 8. they cramp all its energies: the fa

THE CHARACTERS. culties must not' be hastened, nor burthened too soon. Thousands are Peter the Great, Mr. C. Kemble. ruined by being made to appear . Le Fort,

Mr. Bellamy.

Count Menzikoff, early prodigies. The child is often

Mr. Pope.
Mauritz,

Mr. Munden. thus sacrificed to the vanity of the Sparrowitz,

Mr. Simmons.

TABLE.

Olmutz,

Mr. Waddy.

days tbe emperor' returns to Moscow, Old Petrowitz,

Mr. MurrayMichael Petrowitz, Mr. Incledon.

Under a strong escort, Menzikof is *Paulina,

Miss Bolton.

permitted to go in search of his Genevieve,

Mrs. Davenport. royal master ; and arrives just at the Catharine,

Mrs. C. Kemble. moment when Peter is about to

espouse Catharine. --The emperor (still unknown to Catharine but as

the humble Pedro) hurries to the PETER the Great, and his minis- escort, declares himself, and gives ter Le Fort, after having visited and freedom to Nenzikoff'; leaving Caworked as ship-carpenters in Eng- tharine in the utmost despair.Menland, France, &c. under the disguised zikoff returns, relieves the anxiety of names of Pedro and Alexis, are re Catharine, announces the eniperor, turned to Muscovy, and still con and claims her as the bride of his "tinue their labours in one of the royal master. ---Peter now appears northern ports, under Mauritz, a in all his splendour; when Catharine, ship-wright; who, acknowledging yielding to the dictates of love rather the obligations he owes to the in- than to those of ambition, gives her dustry and skill of Pedro, conceives hand to the emperor, who bestows the highest opinion of him, and is that of Paulince upon Michael.-The resolved to marry him to his daugh- under-plot is sustained by Olmutz, ter Paulina, and make him his suc Sparrowitz, Old Petrovitz, Michael, cessor ; but Pedro, already acquaint- Mauritz, Paulina, Genevieve, &c. and ed with the mutual loves of Michael the piece concludes with a civil and (a young soldier) and Paulina, de- military spectacle. clines the promised favour of his This piece is the production of employer, and avows his passion for Mr. CHERRY, and was very well reCatharine, the niece of Mauritz. ceived. It has considerable merit. Disappointed, but not displeased, The story is well told, and the Maurits gives his consent, and, characters are judiciously drawn. All through the intercession of Pedro, the performers acquitted themselves promises to ratify the marriage of with the greatest commendation; Michael and Paulina. In deviation and it was announced for a second from the historic facts, Catharine is representation, with the loudest plauhere represented, not as the follower dits. of a camp, but, as far as her means extend, the general advocate and benefactress of the village; and, according to ancient custom,

THE is presented with the rural crown, annually bestowed on the most de

ELVILLE FAMILY SECRETS. serving female. During the absence of Peter, the reins of government are placed in the hands of Menzikoff, who alone is acquainted with the (Continued from p. 36.) place of the emperor's retreat ; when the Boyards, impatient of their mas THE earl, Matilda's father, takter's absence, and suspecting some ing ber a little aside, said it gave foul play on the part of Menzikof. him inexpressible pleasure to see order him to immediate trial, and her so cheerfully obey his injuncsentence him to death, unless in six tions, and congratulated hes on the

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splendour she would that day be that, my lord, you are well awa:mistress of. She heaved a heavy of. I need give you no advice on sigh, and, in spite of her utmost the important crisis of your life you efforts, atear rolled down her cheek. this day enter on : you require nones But she uttered not a syllable; re you are every thing I could wish as ceiving the compliments of the nqu a husband for my daughter.' bility with a dignified politeness With this eulogium he resigned peculiar to herself alone. Heaven the unhappy trembling, almost fainga only knows how little she partici- ing, Matilda; who, after pausing pated in the joy which illamined few minutes to collect her scattered every countenance but her own. senses, said, in faltering accents Her father soon presented her to the I hope, my lord, you will excuse earl, whose dress at once convinced my feeble efforts to be gay on a day her of the narrowness of his mind, when such high honour is conferred as it was evident that he supposed upon me. I hope your goodness will the frippery glitter of apparel would consider what I have of late encouncarry great weight, and recommend tered. You know I have already him more strongly than any virtuous informed you that you never could trait in his character. Poor Matilda! possess my affection. You said you what a hopeless situation! But she were content with possessing my was conscious she had gone too person. My father insists on a union far to recede ; yet: a certain moni- of hands this day taking place. I am tor in her own heart informed her, compelled to become the countess of that from the hour she gave her hand Holden, without one spark of affecto the earl she was doomed to wear tion for the person whom I must call out a life of wretchedness! IIl-fated, by the endearing name of husband. unfortunate victim of a parent's am- Therefore pity and forgive an una bition! Had she known the real state fortunate wretch, who cannot so far of the case, nature . would have disguise her feelings as to conduct shrunk from the dire contest; her herself as she ought.'—Then, turngentle spirit could not have support- ing her eyes towards her father, she ed it, but must have taken its Hightfaintly uttered To your will i safrom the fragile casket which cun crifice myself; never can I know tained it for ever.

peace more!'- A stern look silenced Her father said, as he gave her her. She lowly ejaculated, 'Gracious hand to her intended lord, 'I give Heaven, send me aid, and support you this day my darling child; en- me through the trying ceremony; or, deavour, by kind usage, to reclaim if it please thec in thy goodness, her from that path of error in which take me to those realms where the she has long strayed : you will, I wicked cease from troubling, and hope, be able to disperse the gloom where the weary are at rest!' which pervades her beautiful coun The procession at length com, tenance. Her disposition is no com menced with great formaliiy. Ma

Her good opinion must tilda was the only person sad. When be won by unremitting assiduity and she came before the never-io-be-fortenderness. She has been a dutiful gotten altar, a livid paleness overdaughter, and I have no doubt but spread her fine features, and she sank she will prove an obedient wife. . In into the arms of her father. After one instance only has she ever de a few minutes she recovered, and viated from the patbs of filial duty; went through the ceremony with but her guilt has been suthiciently tolerable composure. She attended expiated by sincere repentanse, and the procession backs but in the sea

mon one.

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