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trabard, was in reality the home. confess, I can never join in with, bred manufacture of Spital-fields. out reflecting that what is our

My family used to be remark. amusement is their's likewise. As able ior regularity in th: ir atten. to the great ostensible object of our dance on public worship; but that excursion, henlih, I am afraid we too here is numbered amongst the cinese bost ot much imarovem nt. amusements o: the place. Lady We have had a wet and cold 'sum. Huntingdon has a chapel, which mer; and these houses, which are soine cines attracts us ; and when eiiber old ten inents vamped up, nothing promises us any particular or ones slightly run up for entertainment, a tea-drinking at the accommodation of bathers dur. the rooms, or a concert of what ing the season, have more contriis cailed sacred music, is sufficient vances for letting in the cooling 'to draw us from a church, where breezes than for keeping them out, no one will remark either our ab. a circumstance which I should presence or our presence. Thus we sume sagacious physicians do not daily become more lax in our con. always attend to, when they or. duct, for want of the salutary re- der patients from their own warm, straint imposed upon us by the compact, substantial houses, to consciousness of being looked up take the air in country lodgings, to as an example by others. of which the best apartments, dur.

In this manoer, sir, has the sea. ing the winter, have only been son past away. I spend a great inhabited by the rats, and where deal of money and make no figure; the poverty of the landlord preI am in the country and see no. vents him from laying out more in thing of country simplicity, or repairs than will serve to give them country occupations; I am in an a showy and attractive appearance. obscure village, and yet cannot Be that as it may, the rooms we at stir out without more observers present inhabit are so pervious to than if I were walking in St. The breeze, that in spite of all the James's Park ; I am cooped up in ingenious expedients of listing less room than my own dog-ken. duorü, pasting paper on the inside nel, while my spacious halls are of cupboards, laying sand bags, injured by standing empty; and I puttying crevices, and condemning am paying for tasteless unrise fruit, closet.doors, it has given me a while my own choice wall-fruit is severe touch of my old rheumatisma, rorting by busheis under the trees. and all my family are in one way --In reconicense for all this, we or other affleted with it; my eldest have the satistaetion of knowing daughter too has got cold with her that we occupy the very rooms bathing, though the sea-water ne. which my lord had just quitted ; ver gives any body cold. of picking up anecdotes, true or In answer to these complaints, false, of people in high life; and I am told by the good company of seizing the ridicule of every here, that I have stayed too long character as they pass by us in the in the same air, and that now I moving of the place, a ought to take a trip to the con. pastime which often affords us a tinent, and spend the winter at good deal of wirth, but which, I Nice, which would complete the


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business. I am entirely of their cissitudes, I am Barmecide." opinion, that it would complete the the sound of this great and celebusiness; and have therefore taken brated name, the Knights of the the liberty of laying my case before Swan rose up. A Sentiment of you; and am, sir,

profound veneration and respect Your's, &c.

rendered them motionless for some Henry Homelove. minutes : to great minds proscrip

tion and misfortune tend to ina

crease the interest which genius and The Invention of Organs. From Med. virtue never fail to inspire! The de Genlis' Knights of the Swan.

two friends considered Barmecide

with an eagerness of curiosity as The imprison'd winds, released with if they beheld him now for the joyful sound,

first time. The emotion and syms Proclaim their liberty to all around.

ANONYMOUS. pathy which they felt was painted Il n'est ame si revéche qui ne se sente

on their countenances in so expres. touchée de quelque reverence, à consi

sive a character, that Barmecide derer cette vastité sombre de nos églises

was very strongly affected by it. & quir le son deviticux de nos orz 10s.

O! my friends,” cried he, “you MONTAIGNE,

restore me to my existence." In

saying these words, he threw him. THE two friends having made self into their arms ; and having the promise which he required of received their affectionate embraces, inviolable secresy,

Giaffer thus en. thus resumed his narration. tered upon his wonderful story.

My father, born in the domi. " I am thirty-six years old, and nions of Gerold, had a passion for my career is completed. I have travelling. He inspired my mother passed through it with honour, with the same inclination, who was perhaps with glory; both love and always his inseparable companion. fortune strewed it with flowers, I drew my first breath in Persia; till the fatal instant which disco. my father was my only instructor, vered the abyss in which I was and he taught me by facts and oba nearly overwhelmed. I have lost servations founded on experience, every thing, even to my very name; and not by lessons derived from the inhabitants of the East men. books. I had the misfortune to tion it still with benedictions; the lose this excellent parent when I affection of a grateful people per- was twenty years of age; my mo. petuates the remembrance of it, and ther had been dead some time beyet it must not be borne by me! fore. I had three brothers. We Condemned to obscurity, I am be. had always lived together in the come a stranger to my own fame, most pérfect union, and were de. am unable to enjoy it, and dead to termined not to separate. Having all the world; it is in the eternal often heard of the extreme magni. silence of the tomb that I receive ficence of the Court of Aaron Ras. the approbation and the eulogies of chid, we determined to visit Bagmy contemporaries! The unfor- dat. Arrived at this superb capital, tunate victim of despotism, and we became acquainted with several the fatal example of human via Europeans of our own age, and we

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lodged all together under the same the Christians, notwithstanding the roof,

rigour of his prohibition, had be“ My brothers played on several gun again their religious concerts, musical instruments, some of our and with more audacity than ever. new acquaintance bad the same ta. The Caliph issued his orders in lents, and as we could not enjoy at consequence ; and one morning, Bagdat the free excrcise of our re- while I was plsying on my organ ligion, we agreed, that on the so. at the usual hour, I heard a violemn festivals we should meet in a lent knocking at my door. I shut room, and chant the mass. Our up my organ, and rose to inquire apartment was towards the street, into the cause ; when at the same and the people, stopping to listen instant a number of armed men to us, soon discovered the motive came into my room, and testified of these religious exercises. Ma. the greatest astonishment at finding hometan intolerance was alarmed; me alone. The captain of the com. and obtained an edict from the Ca- pany asked me, where were my liph, which was published through. accomplices. I replied, that I had out the city prohibiting the Chris- He paid no attention to this tians, under pain of death, from answer, and sought in vain in all assembling to celebrate their reli. my closets for the other musicians. gious rites. They were allowed, He passed several times in the front however, the privilege of perform of my organ, without imagining ing them individually.

it to be a musical instrument; “ This prohibition offended me which was in some measure owing so highly, that I considered what to my having given it the appear- . means could be devised to elude ance of a chest of drawers. At

I had always a genius for length, not being able to compre. mechanics; and, after some re- hend how my companions had flection, I conceived the idea of escaped, he ordered me to follow constructing an instrument which him. I desired to be conducted into might imitate all those with which the presence of the Caliph. He I was acquainted, and even the replied, that he was conveying human voice. I endeavoured to me thither. In fact, the prince supply it at the same time with so had resolved to see me, and to prodigious a volume of sound, that interrogate me himself. He re. it might produce to the car the ceived me with a gloomy and se. effect of a concert. I worked at

I worked at vere air, considering me sometime my invention night and day, and in silence; and struck with the se. in less than six months produced renity of my countenance, “ Is. an instruinent of an enormous size, discreet young man,” said he, to which I gave the name of Organ, what could inspire thee with so and which perfectly answered my much audacity, and so much con. intentions. I then placed myself tempt for life?” “ Sir,” said I, near my window, and played on in reply, “nothing so effectually it every morning and night, chant- encourages innocence as the aspect ing the service at the same time. of an equitable judge."-" Thou Ai the end of some days, informa. canst not," answered he, "deny thy tion was sent to the Caliph, that disobedience. I myself have been




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under thy window ; I myself his sister, gave her an account of have heard the sound of instru- our conversation, and returned ments and voices; and yet none along with her. The princess, co. but thy self has been found in thy verd with a long veil, which conchamber. Where are thy compa- cealed entirely her shape and her nions? " I have,” said I, “none." face, placed herself on one of the Listen,” replied the Caliph ; cushions by the side of her brother " thy physiognomy interests and at a little distance from, and in front pleases me, and thy youth excites of the organ. Then I asked permy pity. I am willing to pardon mission of the Caliph to seat myself thee, but I expect a sincere con. opposite my chest of drawers; and, fession.” “No, my lord,"answered at the same instant, I began to play,. I, “ you will not pardon a man and to sing. The Caliph immewho shall be mean enough to in. diately heard those powerful and form against his companions and harmonious sounds imitating so friends." “Well!” exclaimed the completely flutes, borns, hautboys, Caliph with violence, “all she and the human voice; when starta Christians at present in Bagdating from his seat with wonder shall be this day put in irons.” and delight, “is it possible," said “ They will be in that situation hi, “ that these drawers are an only a few hours," said I in a tran- instrument of music?” “ Yes, my quil cone; " and who shali set them lord,” replied I, “and I invented free?"-"I, my lord.” At this it to soften the severity of your answer the Caliph became mute prohibition." " In prohibiting with astonishment, and doubted these assemblies," said the Caliph, whether he should pronounce my

" I wished principally to prevent sentence, or dismiss me as a person the celebrity ani solemnity which insane. I began therefore again thus the union of different instruments to address him. “Sir, I can venture and several voices give to your to protest to you, that I ha'e not ceremonies; I did not foresee that disobeyed your orders, and that I there could be such an ingenious was alone, of which it will be very contrivance to abrogate my ediet; easy to convince you, if you wiil but it is but just,” added he, “that, deign to send for the chest of those who are compelled to obedrawers, which is in my chamber, dience should be more inventive I will open in your presence this mys. thun their governors.” Saying terious article of furniture, and you these words, he turned towards will find in it a complete evidence of Abassa, to ask her what she thought my innocence.” The Caliph, whose of this adventure. Immediately astonishment was augmented by the most southing and delightful this discourse, issued immediately voice which had ever yet attracted the order for which I solicited, my ear, requested him in expres. and my organ was conveyed into cions the most flattering for me, his apartment. While I employed to recompense the author of so myself in putting it into order, the wonderful an invention.” “ Young Caliph; who waited with as much man," said the Caliph, who then curiosity as impatience for the ca. approached me, “ i admire the tastrophe of this singular scene, arts and every species of talents; went out for the princess Abassa thy person also pleases me. I des


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sire to have the mechanism of this and good sense, I could easily, by marvellous machine explained to explaining to him some of the first me, and I charge myself with thy principles, and by clearing up his fortune : Thus," pursued he, ad. doubts, have shewn him plainly dressing himself to his sister, "you what he wished to know; but he shall be satisfied, Abassa ; I shall required a learned explanation ; he keep the instrument and its in. pretended to understand what it was ventor.''

impossible he could comprehend, “ The very same day I was esta. so that my illustration was abso. blished in the palace. "I was fur- lutely useless to him. He carried nished with an extensive apartment, away with him only the secret a multitude of slaves, and several persuasion that he had imposed on magnificent presents. I hod no for. ine on the subject of his instruction; tune, and I was charmed that I had and he left in my mind the chagrin acquired one with so much rapidity of perceiving to what an extent of and singularity ; but I was not less puerility may be strained the pride struck with the despotism which of the most enlightened of men, this prince mingled with his fa. when their mind has been vitiated vours, even those which were most by a long possession of unlimited distinguished. He had disposed of dominion. me as of a slave, witho!it consulting “He made, however, of my organ, my inclinations, without conde- an use which was very grateful to scending to inform himself whether me. The ainbassadors of Charleany particular engagement might magne were then at his court, and inierfere with the desire he felt of the Caliph added my organ to the attaching me to him. I made on

numerous presents with which he this subject many melancholy re- entrusted them for their master." flections, but I was young, with. Madame Genlis here intorms her out experience, and dazzled with readers in a note, that the first or. the brilliant qualities of the Caliph. gan krown in Europe was sent, as In truth, he has very exalted ones. appears from history, to Charle. I shut my eyes against the terrible magne by the Caliph Aaron. effects of his disposition and cha. racter, and delivered up my mind to the splendid prospects with which on the Injustice of the Charges

On fortune and ambition presented

brought against the genuine Phi. me." The next day the Caliph losophers. From De la Croix's sent for me, to explain to him the French Spectator: mechanism of my organ.

While demonstrating its principles, I

ACCORDING to those who perceived in a few minutes that he suffer from our revolution, all the had no notion of the previous in- errors, the acts of injustice and formation that was necessary to

the persecutions, which afflict the comprehend with facili;y the me. friends of humanity, are the work chanisin of a machine so newhat of philosophy. May it not be as. complicated; and, at the same time, serted, with more truth, that it is had so much seif conceit as to de. because men have despised her sire to conceal his ignorance. lessons, and been deaf to her voice,

" As he has a fund of intelligence that so many troubles and disasters


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