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some wine, and estables.--The let-, plan whatever.-Leonard again con. ter, however, which he gave me, foon ducted them out of the abbey, and explained this:-his lordship in- we retired to our beds, formed me in it, that he had “The following day but one, you brought over two of the men en: 1 questioned Leonard again ; and, ac, tirely to his wilhe, who had led that cording to my orders, he gave no way of life but a short time, and fatisfactory answer, but was greatly wlio entered into it as the only surprised to hear your determination means to avoid tarving: being in- of leaving the abley.- This he com. formed by him, it was in his power municated to me; and you, no to make them comfortable for lie, doubt, well remember our conversacould they aid bis escape, they had tion on the subject, which ended with both worn to serve him to the utmost your consenting to continue a fort. of their power.----He added that night longer: and, it the mysteries one of those men and Felix would be wre not explained in that interval, at the ablier gates a little before you were immediately to repair to midnight; Felix being, for the first the convent of N- in France. time, funtered to go out in search of -I mentioned the appearance of adventures with this man.---The another person, to make you alter meaning of this visit was to consult your resolution,-hoping by that on the most likely scheme of er- time to have invented some con. caping from the robbers, as too | trivance for the release of lord Mill. frequent attendance at the market | verne. migit excite their fufpicion.
“ Leonard had, during this time, as I must own I was not by any brought me word that the came visit means pleased with this plan: I would be repeated at the abbev again couldered that these two men might | at midnight. They were punctual act in this manner merely to fathom at the hour; and he accordingly con. theinclinations of their few brother; ducted them to the parlour, where I and, in that case, our residence again attended. would be difrovered to the villains " The only method that could also.— There was now, however, no now be thought of, was by the alternative; and Lionard attended at application of an herb, which, if the outside gates exactly to the time." taken to a certain quantity, would
Ma:ilda here well recollected the occalion a death-like sleep, and was surprise and tutor the bad suffered similar to the Turkish poppies, at leeing them enter ihe court, while though the juice was not of fo danshe was watching for the light in the gerous a nature. This idea was weit tower,
suggested by Uloff, the rubber who “ He having conducted them to accompanied Felix. He observed the parlour, I defcended, and we the root might be easily procured, began a consultation on the most and that, by the help of a little art, probable means of cft cting lord and this properly applied, the robMillverne's escape from the banditti, bers might be led to believe lord Nothing that was proposed seemed | Millverne dead; which would at once to carty with it hopes of success, effect his escape: for it was a general owing to the vigilance of the rob- rule among the banditti, to inter bers, who, as was before obterved, one another immediately in a vault detained one as a hostage for the which food near their cave,- from return of the other.- In short, we which he miglit with ease extriwere not able to come to arly deter- cate himself, the coffins never being mination ; and our little pariy broke fastened down. up without having agreed on any “ Strange as this thought was,
there seemed no other more likely | mony; one of the robbers being to succeed; and I found that his lord- habited as a monk." ; Thip had agreed to carry this plan - The myliery of the strange fuinto execution, provided it met with neral which Matilda saw was now our approbation, and Leonard could entirely elucidated.--Her brother procure the herb.
continued “ As Leonard was conducting “ After the interment, the comthem across the court when leaving pany returned to the cave; but Felix the abbey, the figure again appeared , and one of the robbers were fixed on in the west tower, which greatly to go in search of adventures.. altonished them all.
They iminediately, therefore, re" The next morning you inform. I paired to the vault, and conducted ed me of the human form and lamp | lord Millverne here; after which both which you had seen reflected in the joined their comrades as usual. glais that itond: in your chamber. But his lordship means to go to-day This account, added to the strange to a principal :nagiftrate some few voice which we both heard, made miles from hence, and give an acme resolve to watch in the west count of these ciepredators on the tower; which i accordingly did. public. The whole of them will con
“ The same night, Felix and three | iequently be seized; when Felix and others of the banditti (they having the three converts to their cause will brought over one more to their in- be selected from the banditti, and the teret) came to the abbey, unknown remainder left to take the due course to either Leonard or me, to see if of the law." we had got the herb, as they were Thus Alfred Maserini ended his in hopes the next day to have a good narrative. But, though Matilda had opportunity of carrying their scheme heard many circumstances of a into execution. They knocked at ftrange nature explained, which had the outer gate, then burst it open, cauled her coniiderable uneasiness, and proceeded directly to the par- yet nothing had been said to clear lour.–These were the persons whoin' up, in a satisfactory manner, thole we mistook for the officers of justice, aitonishing events which seemed in as their arrival was entirely unex- | every degree to confirm the report pected, and neither Leonard nor of the abbey being haunted. myself had a light of them.-- Their These ideas had not crossed her intentions, therefore, proved fruit- mind but a few minutes, before less, and they left the abbey, unable Alfred informed her that there was to find us.
yet another tale to be related by 66 The next day Leonard attended one whom he expected every moat the place of rendezvous, and found ment:~" And I am certain (conFelix, who communicated to him tinurd he) that his story will clear their adventures the night before ; away every mist of doubtful horror and, having given him the herb, concerning this building, and obLeonard understood they intended I literate every superstitious thought, yeterday for the trial of its effect. I by a clear elucidation of the my
“ This was accordingly done, and steries that encompass it." by the effects of it, and the help of In about a quarter of an hour Felix and his assistants, his lordship the folding-doors again opened, and was shown to the whole of the ban- father Peter stood before them.ditti as a corpse. -A coffin was Agnes, Niatilda, and even Leonard therefore prepared, and, in the even. / and lord Millverde, were astonished ing, he was conveved to the pedestal, how he could enter from that part. and buried with the usual cere.' “ According to my promile last night (faid the herniit, addrefngi All being feated, listened with himtelf to Matilda) I now, as you attention to the venerable speaker. perceive, attend you here, fair lady.”
(To be continente) Alired's countenance was now transformed to he gaze of surprise. An Account of the Life and
i findi (said he, smiling, to his WRITINGS OF PLINY the ELDER. fifter) we liave also to expect ex
* (Irem Dr. Tii0n/en's Tranjlation of planations from you, Matilda." ,. ' ludeed answered llc) the task
Suetonius, lately pibliteio) is foon performed.”
DLINY, surnamed the Elder, was She then related to them her find. I born at Verona, of a noble ine the manuscript, and her journer family. He diftinguished himself on that account to father Peter's early by his military achievements cive, with the reasons for not giving in the German war, received the it her brother the next morning. dignity of an Augur, at Rome, and
Alfred's and the hermit's counter was afteruöards appointed governor sances glowed with pleasure at the of Spain. Joerery public character, mention of such a paper having been he acquitted himself with great repufound.
tation, and enjoyed the esteem of the “ No doubt (exclaimed the lat feveral emperors under whom he ter) this will be a principal proof lived. The affiduity with which he against the murderer of your fa-applied himself to the collecting ther."
of information, either curious or M ilda immediately produced it, useful, surpasses all example. From and it was read by lord Millverne an early hour in the morning, until aloud.-t is impollible to describe late at night, he was almost conthe emotions of Alfred llaferini, as ftantly employed in discharging the he listened to the distracted words duties of his public station, in reading of his wretched parent: fuflice it to or hearing books read by his ama. fiv, they were equal to his fifter's at nuensis, and in extracting from them her first perufaloi the parchment. · whatever seemed worthy of notice.
The party being in some measure Even during his meals, and while compoícd, father Peter was requested travelling in his carriage upon busiby Alfred to relate those circum- nefs, he prosecuted with unremitting stances concerning Grafville Abbey, zeal and diligence his taste for enwhich had for years occafioned the quiry and compilation. No man most horrid reports to be spread, ever displaved so strong a perfuafion and worked with terrific fensations of the value of time, or availed himon the feelings of those whose good ! self so industriously of it. He conBenfe had before taught them to sidered every moment as loft which deipfe every fuperftitious idea. was not employed in literary pur.
os I shall-by your leave--an- fuits. The books which he wrote, swered the old man) begin from the in consequence of this indefatigable moft early period of my life, and exertion, were, according to the acproceed gradually through every count transınitted by his nephew, event; which will all tend to Mow, Pliny the Younger, numerous, and that, however strange the ways of on various subjects. The catalogue Providence may appear to nortal of them is as follows:---a book on eves, yet in a due course of time Equestrian Archery, which discothey will be productive of the great- vered inuch skill in the art; the Life eft happiness and good to those who I of Q. Pomponius Secundus; twenty are di erving the protection of the books of the Wars of Germany ; Supreme Being."
complete treatife on the Education of an Orator, in fix volumes; eight vated. But neither.conkl enquiries, books of Doubiful Discourses, writo be profecuted, nor discoveries comten in the latter part of the reign of municated with succes, while the Nero, when every kind of lenti. greater part of the world was in. mental difcuffion was attended with volved in barbarism, while navigadanger; with a hundred and fixiy tion was slow and liniied, and the volumes of remarks on the writings | art of printing unknown. The conof the various authors which he had fideration of these circumstances will perused. For the last mentioned afford sufficient apology for the improduction only, and before it was perfect state in which the science of brought near to its accomplishment, Phylics, and Natural History, existed we are told, that he was offered amongst the ancients. But we pro. by Largius Licinius, four hundred ceed to give an abstract of their exthousand sesterces, amounting to up- tent, as they appear in the compilawards of three thousand two hundred tion of Plioy. pounds sterling; an enormous fuin This work is divided into thirtyfor the copy-right of a book before seven books; the first of which conthe invention of printing! But the tains the preface, adorelled to the only surviving work of this volumi- emperor Vespasian, probably the nous author is his Natural History, father, to whom the anthor plus in thirty-seven books, compiled from high compliments. The second the various writers who had treated book treats of the world,' the ele. of that extensive and intereiting ments, and the stars. In respeit to subject.
the world, or rather the universe, the To estimate this great work either author's opinion is the same with by the authenticity of the informa- that of several ancient philosophers, tion which it contains, or its utility that it is a Deity, uncreated, intinite, towards the advancement of arts and and eternal. Their notions, hosciences, we should not noi consider ever, as might be expected, on a it as an object of any extraordinary subject so incomprehensible, are encomiums; but when we view it as vague, confused, and imperfect. In a literary monument, which displays a fubsequent chapter of the same the whole knowledge of the ancients, | book, where the nature of the Deity relative to Natural History, collected is more particularly confiderid, the during a period of about seven hun. author's conceptions of infinite pow. dred years, from the time of Thales er are so inadequate, that, by way of the Milesian, it has a just claim to consolation for the limited poiyers' the attention of every speculative of wan, he observes that there are enquirer. It is not surprising, that many things even beyond the power the progress of the human mint, of the Supreme Being; such, for which, after the first dawn of enqui- instance, as the annihilation of his! Ti, was rapid both amongft The own existence; to which the author Greeks and Romans, in moral sci- adds, the power of rendering mortals er.ce, thould be low in the improve-leternal, and of railing the dead. ment of such branches of knowledge! It deserves to be remarked, that, 2 depended entirely on obfervation though a future state of rewards and and facts, which were peculiarly, punilhments was maintained by the
cult of attainment. Natural molt eminent among the ancient knowledge can only be brought to philofophers, the resurrection of the perfection by the profecution of body was a 'docirine with which they Esquiries in different climates, and were wholly unacquainted. by a communication of difcuveries The author next trcats of the plaanungst those by whom it is cultiad and nets, the periods of their re
spective revolutions; of the stars, I ty-sixth, of the nature of stones and comets, winds, thunder, lightning, marbles; the thirty-seventh, of the and other natural phænomena ; | origin of gems. To the contents of concerning all which he delivers the each book, the author subjoins a lift hypothetical notions maintained by of the writers from whom his ob. the ancients, and mentions a variety | fervations have been collected. of extraordinary incidents which had Of Pliny's talents as a writer, it occurred in different parts of the might be deemed presumptuous to world. The third book contains a form a decided opinion from his general system of ancient geography, Natural History, which is avowedly which is continued through the a compilation from various authors, fourth, fifth, and fixth books. The and executed with greater regard to feventh treats of conception, and the the matter of the work, than to the generation of the human species, elegance of compofition. Abstractwith a number of miscellaneous ob. ing, however, from a degree of creservations, unconnected with the dulity, common to the human mind general subject. The tighth treats in the early stage of physical reof quadrupeds; the ninth, of aquatic searches, he is far from being defi. animals; the tenth, of birds ;- the cient in the essential qualifications of eleventh, of insects and reptiles; the a writer of Natural History. His twelfth, of trees; the thirteenth, of descriptions appear to be accurate, ointments, and of trees which grow his observations precife, his narrative near the sea.coast; the fourteenth, in general perfpicuous; and he often of vines; the fifteenth, of fruit-trees; 1 illustrates his subject by a vivacity of the sixteenth, of forest-trees; the | thought, as well as a happiness of seventeenth, of the cultivation of expreífion. It has been equally his trees; the eighteenth, of agriculture; endeavour to give novelty to stale the ninetcenth, of the nature of lint, disquiĜtions, and authority to new hemp, and Gimilar productions; the
and similar productions: the l observations. He has both removed twentieth, of the medicinal qualities the rust, and dispelled the obscurity, of vegetables cultivated in gardens ; which enveloped the doctrines of the twenty-first, of flowers; the many ancient naturalifts; but, with twenty-second, of the properties of all his care and induitry, he has exherbs; the twenty-third, of the me - ploded fewer errors, and fanctioned dicines yielded by cultivated trees; l' a greater number of doubtful opi. the twenty-fourth, of medicines de- nions, than was confftent with the rived from forest-trees; the twenty- exercise of unprejudiced and severe fifth, of the properties of wild herbs, inveftigation. and the origin of their use; the Pliny was fifty-fix years of age at twenty-fixth, of other remedies for the time of his death; the manner diseases, and of some new diseases; of which is accurately related by tbetwenty-seventh, of different kinds his nephew, the elegant, Pliny the of herbs; the twenty.eighth, fwenty- | Younger, in a letter to Tacitus, who ninth, and thirtieth, of medicines entertained a design of writing the procured from animals; the thirty- life of the naturalist. first, and thirty-second, of medicines obtained from aquatic animals, with some extraordinary facts relative to the subje&i; the thirty-third, of the
FEMALE Fashions in Paris. nature of metals; the thirty-fourth, THE following are the raging of brass, iron, lead, and tin; the I fashions in Paris at the prethirty-fifth, of pictures, and observa- fent time. tions relative to painting; the thir. | Robe à la Ljdie. This dress is