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He alone can be accounted wise, who soberly reflects ere he performs.—He alone, strictly speaking, may be said to weigh well the mutability and palEvity of all human happiness; and that it is not to be trifled with or bartered for a toy. He alone opposes opinions— advances positions—encounters dissiculties—and solves problems, all tending to the main object. He alone duly considers, that all human things are subject to revolution and decay, and happiness the most; and for this very reason, that it should be sixed on the sirm basis of reason, and not to fluctuat ebetween conviction and idea. And what is the produce which he reaps from his rich and intellectual soil, t will shew.
Married to a woman who is as a mirror reflecting the fame virtues, the fame passions, the fame sympathies, and, in fact, every thing,he seels himself supremely happy. He imparts an idea with a certain motive, and it is received with a similar one.—He o(fers a position, and it is assented to—he makes a remark, and it meets with approbation—he demands an explanation, and it is given; in a word, there is not a wish, a desire, or an idea which is not granted and co-incided with; an incitement which has not its partner, or a command which is not obeyed through love and with self-approbation. Judge then, readers, whether this man does, or does not, seel the Happiness Of Marriage.
ESCAPE OF THE FRENCH DEPUTIES
Near Cayenne, in South America, Whither they weri transported 1797, without even Trial or Examination—By Ramel, One of those said Deputies.
IT was now the sirst of June, and the appointed day was at hand, as well as the scene that was to facilitate our enterprise. The denouement of our plot approached under the sinister omen of the suneral obsequies of our friends. We had recently performed the last ossices to La(fond, when Captain Tilly brought us intelligence, that Jeannet had given orders to send him and all his crew to Cayenne, for which place they were to embark next day. To us this news was like a thunder-bolt, and almost disheartened us. Tilly, however, was absolutely determined to facrisice himself, and to hide himself in the woods till the next day (the third of June), which was the last day appointed for our awful attempt. On that day he laid he would run to the sanoe on a signal agreed upon. We had great disficulty to induce him tQ give up the honour of so great an action to the brave Berwick. We observed to him, that Berwick difappearing at the time of calling over the crew of the prize, would not awaken so much suspicion as that of the captain, whose visits to the deported persons, and his walks with them, had been already too much noticed. It was, however, with great reluctance that Tilly yielded to this last consideration. He parted from us indeed to expose himself even to greater dangers than we encountered, as on him would fall all the sury of Jeannet, whether we were so happy as to escape, or whether we were so unfortunate as to be discovered and arrested with Berwick. But Tilly 4 thought thought of nothing but of our fasety; and, is we could but once arrive at Surinam, he cared not what became of himself. How assecting was our parting scene! who among us all could venture to flatter himself with the hope of seeing thee again, worthy, incomparable Tilly!
Berwick instantly difappeared and concealed himself in the woods. It was agreed, that, two days after (on the 3d of June), at the nine o'clock gun, he mould be upon the bank of the river under the bastion ; and that he should leap into the canoe the moment he faw us appear: but we were extremely uneasy on his account, for, as we seared, he was almost devoured by noxious animals; nor could he desend himself from the serpents, and that terrible animal the cayman, but by continuing thirty-six hours on a tree, and even there he was not secure from tigers.
Captain Poisvert had invited the commandant of the fort to dinner, on the 3d of June, on board the American prize, in return for the kind reception he had met with, and the assistance he had received from the garrison, which had two days before vigorously attacked an English privateer, that had approached the anchorage. At the fame time that he entertained the commandant with a handsome dinner, and gave him the choicest wines he had on board, he had distributed to the garrison some common Bourdeaux wine. A girl, who had arrived some days before from Cayenne, did the honours, and delivered bottles of wine in prosusion to the soldiers in their barracks and guard-house, to the negroes in their rooms, to the sentinels at their posts, and to the deported under their corridor. Ah! how long this day appeared i with what pleasure we watched this young girl thus joyously pouring out bumpers to the half intoxicated soldiers! Her activity and solicitude served us to our utmost wishes.
Every one drank freely, as we did ourselves, and, seeming to take part in these orgies, we seigned a quarrel among us while at dinner, in order to avoid giving the most trifling indication of the plot. Aubry and Lame abused Barthelemy, le Tellier also took part in the" dispute, Dossonville and Pichegru threatened each other, and Willot and myself seemed desirous of pacisying the rest. Glasses and plates flew about, and the uproar was so great, that the rest of the deported persons came in to separate us. The Abbs Brothier himself endeavoured to put an end to this disturbance, which only increased the more: but Barthelemy, who was the least; skilsul in seigning passion, coolly breaking his glass in an aukward gesture of rage, a burst of laughter had nearly betrayed us.
Night came on, and we faw the commandant Aime brought in, dead drunk, like a corpse. Silence had now succeeded to the songs and cries or intoxication, and the soldiers and negroes lay dispersed here and there. The service was forgot, and the guard-house abandoned.
Before we retired into our rooms we took leave of Marbois, to whom our separation was a painsul facrisice, and who considered this as our last hour. The clock struck nine, the last we heard at Sinamary, and Dossonville, who was upon the watch, gave us all notice to begin our enterprize; upon which we went out and assembled near the gate of the fort, of which the draw-bridge was not yet up. All was steep and silence. I mounted the bastion of the guard-house with Pichegru and Aubry, and went directly to the sentinel (the contemptible drummer who had so often tormented us), and alked him the hour. He made no answer, but sixed his eyes upon the stars; upon which I seized him by the throat, while Pichegru difarmed him, and we dragged him along, throttling him so as to prevent hi* crying out. We were now upon the parapet, and he struggled so violently that he got away from us and sell into the river. We then rejoined our companions at the foot of the rampart, and, perceiving no one in the guard-house, ran in and took arms and cartridges. We
then went out of the fort and flew to the canoe. Berwick was already there, and helped us to get into it. Bartheleroy, who was very insirm and less active than the rest of us, sell, and sunk into the mud; but Berwick caught hold of him and faved him, and, having put him into the canoe, cut the rope. Berwick now took the helm, while we, motionless and silent, went with the stream. The current and the tide bore our light bark rapidly along, and we heard nothing but the murmurs of the waters and of the land breeze, which swelled our little fail and wafted us from our tomb of Sinamary.
We now approached the redoubt at the point which it was necessary to pass, and therefore we struck our fail to avoid being seen. We knew that the eight men, who were upon guard at the redoubt, had received their ili n re of the favours of Captain Poisvert, and that they also must be drunk. We accordingly were not hailed, and the tide carried us beyond the bar. We passed to the left of our brave friend Tilly's ship, and very near the schooner la Victoire, which was lately arrived from Cayenne, and which we knew was commanded by the ,worthy Captain Bracket, to whom our escape must have given great pleasure, and who certainly would not have opposed us.
The breeze frestiened and the sea was smooth. But, bad we left the coast, we mould have been in danger of mistaking our tract; and, is we kept too near the shore, we might have fallen upon the rocks, which are numerous there as far as Iraconbo. The moon now suddenly appeared, as is on purpose to give us light. This was a delicious moment. We congratulated each other, and thanked Providence and our generous pilot, who was in a dreadsul state, being, much swelled and dissigured by the stings of venomous insects.
We had proceeded smoothly for about two hours, when
we heard three guns, two from the fort of Sinamary,
and one from the redoubt at the point; and, soon after,
the post at Iraconbo answered with three. We doubted