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26 well as the Composer of the music: if so, we cannot help incurring his charge of ill-nature against all, or any who, on this occasion, thali cat the reflection of-Ne Sucor ultra Crepidam.
The History of Miss Jenny Salisbury; addressed to the Countess of Roscommon. Translated from the French of the celebrated Madame Riccoboni. 12mo.
2 Volumes. 6s. Becket, &c.
Madame Riccoboni's merit in this species of composition, is so geneTally known, that, without farther preface, we shall proceed to give the Reader a short abstract of the fory on which the prefent novel is founded.
Lord Alderson, one of the richest Peers of Great Britain, had an only daughter, named Sarah, of great beauty and excellent accomplishments. The Earl of Revell, who was likewise a Nobleman of great fortuné, "was a neighbour of her father's, and was the Guardian and Patron of a young Lord, whose name was Edward, the fon of a late Duke of Salifbury, who had paid for his attachment to the Crown with the price of his head. The young couple foon entertained a mutual pallion for each other ; which being countenanced by Lord Alderson on one hand, and Lord Revel on the other, articles of marriage were agreed on, and a day was fixed for their tender union. On the preceding day, however, an accident intervened, occafioned by the two Lovers meeting, in an unfortunate hour, like Æneas and Dido, in a dark cave, or a shady grove, no matter which: the consequence was the fame.-But, alas! they were destined to pay for their amorous impatience, and fond indiscre. tion; for, in the mean time, a dispute arose becween the two old Lords, with regard to the terms of the marriage-articles, which ended in an open rupture. The young couple were separated, and forbidden to hold any intercourse with each other. Their passion, however, intreal. ed by this separation, and young Lord Edward being ordered to join the army abroad, tried in vain every expedient in order to be married privately to Lady Sarah before his departure.
He had not long quitted England before Lady Sarah found herself under a necessity of quitting her father's house. Having secured lodgings in town, the escaped with one of her women named Lidy, and for some time lived privately in London. Here the learned the fatal news, that Lord Edward was sain in an unsuccessful attack upon the enemy: and the agonies she felt on that occafion, anticipated the pangs of labour, and gave
birth to the Heroine of the piece. From that moment the became a prey to deep affliction, and her exceflive grief threw her into a fever, which brought her life in danger. In her lalt moments, the fent for Lord Revell, made him acquainted with her weakness, and recommended her orphan daughter to his protection. The parting fcene between her and this Nobleman, is so extremely affecting, that it is impoffible for any perfon of the leaf sensibility, to read it without thedding jears of sympathy.
Lord Revell was true to his engagements to the dying Lady, and Look Miss Jenny (her daughtes) under his patronage. She was educated in a manner suitable to her mother's rank, and attended by Lidy, who had been Lady Sarah's Confidante. While he was at a Boarding. school at Oxford, Lord Revell died, and fearing left his will might be contested by his relations, if be left Miss Jenny too large a legacy, he chose the expedient of depositing a letter-case with one Sir Humphrey, who had been Lord Edward's friend and companion, containing fifteen thousand pounds in Bank-bills, of which he made Miss Jenny a present, together with more than four thousand pounds, which was the produce of what her mother left behind her, besides her jewels.
Soon after Lord Revell's death, accident made Miss Jenny, who was then turned of fifteen, acquainted with a young Baronet, Sir James Huntley, who warnly paid his addresses to her. She, however, difcountenanced his pretensions; and a fatal event succeeded, which put her out of the reach of his solicitations.
Sir Humphrey, who undertook to fulfil Lord Revell's generous ina .tentions, had contracted an intimacy with a loose woman, with whom he cohabited. Sir Humphrey being attacked with a violent fit of ill. nefs, imprudently trusted this woman with the keys of his fcrutore; and the discovering the bidden treasure which was the property of Miss Jenny, took an opportunity one night of seizing those precious efe&ts, with which flie made her escape. This circumstance, together with his fickness, so oppressed Sir Humphrey, that he shortly died, and left Miss Jenny quite deltitute.
In this diftress, Miss Jenny and her faithful Lidy, were obliged to take up their lodging in town, with Lidy's sister ; and it was determined, as their last resource, to make Miss Jenny known to Lord Alderson Chance threw a servant of Lord Alderson's in their way, who had attended Lady Sarah in her infancy; and by her means they were introduced into Lord Alderson's family, as her visitants. At the first sight of Mifs Jenny, which was accidental, Lord Alderson felt a prepossession in her favour, and grew exceedingly fond of her : but she no sooner made herself known to him, than he withdrew his kindness, and, after treating her and Lidy with the utmost cruelty and rigour, he turned them out of doors.
They returned to London in the utmost despair, and Miss, after many fruitless endeavours to be received as a companion to some wealthy lady, found herself obliged to work for her subsistence. These diftrefies and mortifications brought her into a decline, which seemed to forerun a consumption. As she was taking an aising, for the recovery of her health, in the Park, with a lady, the was met by Sir James Huntley, who affiduously renewed his addresses, and offered, with anbounded generofity, to repair her shattered fortune. She nevertheless declined being under any obligations to Sir Janies, and continued to folicit admillion into some reputable family, When Sir James underitooj this, he reproached her with unkindnels, offered to make her his wife, and excused himself for not making the proposal faoner, by alledging, that, if he had required lier to make a sacrifice of her liberty, before he conferred any obligations upon her, and made her condition independent, it would have appeared like taking advantage of her distress.
The delicacy of this ientiment moved Miss Jenny, and, in the end, The yielded to his solicitations : And, upon his representing that he was dependent on a relation, who pressed him to an interested union, the confented to marry him privately. After their marriage they retired, for the sake of privacy, to a house near Islington, where they lived with ease and elegance. At the end of ten months, the Court going to Tunbridge, Sir James, who had an office about the King's perton, was obliged to attend : And, during his absence, Miss Jonny was furprized by a visit from the Duchess of Rutland, whose curiosity led her to see Miss Jenny, whom the considered in the light of a favourite wanton. This wrong impression occafioned her to treat Miss Jenny with a familiarity which the resented, and after a good deal of misunderstanding, the result of this interview disclosed a secret fatal to the young lady's peace. She learned that Sir James had imposed upon her under a feigned title ; that he had been previously married to the Duchess, who had taken a liking to him when he was young, and, upon his being ill-treated by his mother, had made him her husband, solely with a view to secure him a large portion of her fortune, which she could not other. wise have made him master of; and that they neverthelefs continued to live separately: Lastly, That through the interest of the Duchess, he had, upon his marriage with her, been created Earl of Danby. These melancholy cidings threw Miss Jenay into agonies of despair ; but the Duchess, convinced of her innocence, comforted her, aflured her of her protection, and sent her in her own coach, attended by her faithful Lidy, to one of her friends in town, whither the promised to follow, after paying a visit of charity. In the way they met Lord Danby, on his return in a poit-chaise, who, seeing the Duchess's coach and livery, ftopped to pay his refpects; but, to his great surprize, found Miss Jenny within instead of her Grace. Suspecting that a discovery had been made, he became desperate; and, taking her by force out of the coach, he carried her into his own poft-chaise, and drove to the house of one Peters, the person who had assumed the habit and function of a clergyman, and married him to Miss Jenny.
Here she remained for some time in a dangerous state of health, and in deep affliction of mind. At length, however, by the help of Peters's wife, she made her escape, and took a lodging which Mrs. Peters had provided for her. From hence the in vaio made enquiries after the Duchess of Rutland; and, her little store of money and valuable effects being exhausted, she was once more reduced to the lowest distress, which was aggravated by the lofs of her faithful Lidy, who died of vexation. In this extreme calamity, accident raised her a friend in Lady Anglesey, who invited her to be her companion, and treated her in every respect as her friend and equal. This affords room for an episode, in which Lady Anglesey's history is briefly related, and which we must pass over.
Lady Anglesey lived with her brother-in-law, Lord Arundel, whose lady was incurably lunatic. Lord Arundel had other motives besides those of humanity, for recommending Miss Jenny to Lady Anglesey's favous, as he had been the innocent instrument of her fatal connectioa with Lrd Danby: For, being with him on the day of his pretended marriage, and being a stranger to his prior engagements, and to the impolitjon he meditated, he gave Miss Jenny away to that bale betiaver. After her escape from Mr. Peters, Lord Danby, being dangerously ill, confeffed the fraud to Lord Arundel, begged of him to use his endeavours to discover her retreat, and to take her under his protection, promifing never to moleft her: and, when he underfood that chance had thrown her under Lord Arundel's roof, he religioufly kept his promise.
By degrees, Lord Arundel entertained a violent passion for Miss Jenny, which he carefully concealed; but an accident happened which occasioned him uncommon agitation. Lady Rutland dying, Lord Dane by offered to repair the wrong he had done Miss Jenny, by making her his lawful wife, and pressed Lord Arundel to intercede for him, which he did from a principle of honour : but Miss Jenny refused the offer with the utmoft disdain and indignation. Soon after Lady Angle. fey made her acquainted with Lord Arundel's fondness før her; and, his Lady being dangeroufly ill, Lady Anglesey preffed her not to reject his addresses, in cale he (hould be free to make them; to which Miss Jenny, with relu&tance, and from mere principles of esteem and gratiende, consented. Lord Arundel foon after set out to visit his fick lady, after having obtaining a conditional promise of Miss Jenny's hand, whenever he should be free.
During his absence, Miss Jenny became acquainted with Lord Clare, who, to oblige a relation on whom he was dependent, paid forced addresses to Lady Anglesey. Miss Jenny now, for the firit time, felt the power of love. In short, Lord Clare and the conceived a violent palfion for each other : but Miss Jenny, though with pain, ftified her af. feflions from principles of honour and gratitude. And Lord Arundel returning, after having buried his lady, she voluntarily renewed her engagements with him, and a day was at length fixed for their marriage." But, on the eve of that day, Lord Arundel received a chal. lenge from Lord Danby, which he accepted, and fell by the sword of his antagonist; having first made his will, by which he bequeathed Miss Jenny a very ample fortune.
She remained for a long time inconsolable : and was scarce recovered, when Me received a letter from the Viscountess Belmont, acquainting her with Lord Clare's passion for her, and foliciting her in his behalf. This for a while revived her former sentiments in his favour; but the presently recollected herself, and facrificed them to honour and friendship. She gave him a positive and determined denial : in confe. guence of which he married Lady Anglesey; and Miss Benny, to avoid the ill consequences which might chance to arise from a smothered flame, retired to France, after having generously given up to Lady Anglesey, a great part of the estate which he derived from Lord Arun. del's bounty.
Such are the general outlines of this History; in which the fentiments are, for the most part, highly affetling; the incidents are many of them uncominon, and the moral is laudable and inftructive.
Art. 18. The Tales of the Genii ; or, the delightful Lefjons of Ha
ram, the Son of Ajmar. Faithfully translated from the Perfian Manuscript; and compared with the French and Spanith Editions, publithed at Paris and Madrid. By Sir Charles Moleil, formerly Ambasador from the British Settlements in
India to the Great Mogul.' 8vo. Published in Numbers, at I's: each. Wilkie.
These Tales, it is said, ' were translated from a Persian manuscript, and contain, under the most agreeable and pleasant fictions, all the moral duties and doctrines of life ; so that among the Eastern nations they are esteemed as a summary of Morality; and their entertaining variety is fo great, that few tribes in India are without the lessons of Horan the son of Armar.' The Reader who will take the Editor's word for alt this, and pays a deference to the literary taste of the Indian tribes, may posibly form an high idea of the entertainment to be met with in these Tales. For our own part, however, after reading those already published, we are by no means of the opinion of the French Writer, who is faid to have recommended them as more pleasant than the Arabian Nights, or, the Perlian Tales. That they are equally wonderful and absurd, is not to be denied; but we do not think To highly of the moral application of them as the Editor would intimate. As to the styse, it is some of the most inflated, jejune bombalt, that we remember cyer to have read.
• Eleven Numbers were published when this article was writtan.
Art. 19. A Letter concerning Epic Poems, taken from Scriptures
History. 8vo. 6 d. Waugh. In our Review of the Mefiah, translated from the German, we took occasion to observe, that the Poets of every nation bave been the greateit enemies to the religion of their country, when, with the prevailing tyftem, they have incorporated the fables of their own invention, and rena. dered that an object of imagination, which should support its credibility by reason and pltilosophy. -We have the honour and the pleasure to find this learned and sensible Writer, whose Leuer turns upon the same subject, entirely of our opinion,
• See Review, Vol. XXX. page 70.
Art. 20. The History of the Fortune-Teller in the Old Baily.
8vo. 2 s. Griffin. 'If there were neither ignorance nor fuperftition in the world, there would be no Conjurors. Accordingly, in proportion as we have grown wiler than our ancestors, hath been the decrease of cunning.men among us. Nevertheless, we have yet folly enough to maintain a few Mountebanks and fortune-tellers; and, among the latter; one of diftingujihed. nole ha:h, it seems, for many years part, exercised his astrological functions, at his apartments near Ludgate-hill. The man, rho' sufficiently note!, is but little knozen ; and therefore might seasonably be deemed an object of some curiosity to some people; and curioficy, being the leading principle in catch-penny literature, the wonder is, that our catch peony Avthors have not long ago feized this Old Eaily subject, and made the most of him. However, he is here, at length made ihe inost of; being crammed into a ulle page, and prefixed-to a dozen of meets, which, if they contain not a syllable of the For'une-teller's real history, may yet'