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FROM THE MONTHLY REVIEW.
Le Siege de la Rochelle, &c. &c. i. e. The Siege of Rochelle, or Misfortune and
Conscience, by Madame de Genlis. 12mo. 3 vols. Paris, 1808. OF this third effusion of Mad. estates were so settled, that the greatDE GEnLis's fertile pen, in which er part of them was destined to bewe expected to find nothing but cha- long to the young Julius ; whose racters and events notorious in the father was consequently unable to civil wars that long divided France provide, as amply as he would have between Catholicks and Hugonots, wished, for his intended second wife. we were agreeably surprised to dis- The father of Clara, a remorseless, cover that the title and about twenty mercenary man, whose individual additional pages formed the whole interests were considerably affected historical portion. Instead of impli- by this circumstance, formed the eating the subject of the story, the horrid project of murdering the title only fixes the epoch al which it is child, and accidentally carried it into supposed to have taken place; and effect at such a time and in such a instead of being introduced to the situation, that the suspicion fell encouncils of ministers and party-lead- tirely on his innocent and unhappy ers, and detecting the secrets of daughter. Without detailing the camps and cabinets, we are presented circumstantial evidence which apwith a wild and extravagant romance, peared to amount to proof positive which is devoted to the unmerited against her, it is enough to state that sufferings, the various adventures, the judges, before whom she was and the extraordinary destiny, of a tried, considered themselves as bound beautiful and persecuted female. to condemn her to an ignominious
Clara de Montalban was betrothed death. The monster Montalban had to Valmore, a rich and amiable wi- the audacity to upbraid her with the dower of high rank, who had an only crime, though she had the power of son by his former marriage. His bringing it home against him, if filial
piety had not prevented her from pared to carry her off by force. Not ransoming herself by the sacrifice of wishing that a man should seize her by her unworthy father. Valmore, who, This movement of modesty and dignity
the arm, she determined to follow him. notwithstanding his sorrow and in
restored her strength ; for all the springs dignation, continued still to feel a
of the soul have a marvellous connexion warm affection towards her, and had with one another. She allowed herself to rescued her from the fury of the po be guided, persuaded that she was led to pulace when the bloody deed was
her death. He made her descend a stair. first discovered, succeeded in pro
case, and brought her into the great apart
ment of the castle, that of the master, curing a pardon for her, on condition
where he shut her in. Her blood froze of her being confined for life in a pe- in her veins, on finding herself in this nitentiary convent, the asylum of vice apartment, where she ought to have found and infamy. In this miserable abode, full protection, and where she every moher mind was sustained by a sense of ment expected the appearance of her
murderer. Frikmann re-entered, and gave duty, and the exhortations of her con
her a sign to follow him. "It is done fessor ; who was alone, of all man
then !' said Clara, with a suffocated voice; kind, convinced of her innocence and O my God, take pity on the murderer the guilt of Montalban, though he ap- and the victim.' She could say no proved too highly of her resolution of more. The speech expired on her disscreening her father, to denounce the
coloured lips ; and without loosing per.
ception, she fell into a state of annihilareal criminal. When the consolations of religion either from walking or supporting herself
tion and sinking, which prevented her and the force of habit had in some on her feet. Frikmann gave her his arm, degree reconciled her to this mode or rather carried her, and hurried her of life, she suddenly received a dread
out of the apartment. After having passful order to place herself under the ed three large rooms, he made her cross protection of her father, who design- they descended a small, secret stair case,
a long, narrow, and dark corridor, when ed to carry her to his lonely castle on
and found themselves on a terrace. There the banks of the Rhone; and she had Ciara distinctly heard the howling of the scarcely time to write a short billet waves of the Rhone, which was greatly to father Arsene, when Montalban's agitated at that moment.
• At length
then I know,' she said inwardly (for she servant, a phlegmatick German who
could not articulate a word) 'I know the could speak no French, arrived, and
manner of death to which I am doomed! conveyed her to the place of her im
I am to be plunged into the stream ! prisonment, which she was firmly The moon concealed by clouds gave no persuaded would prove also the scene light..... The whistling of the wind, the of her speedy death. Her father, she tumultuous roar of the waters, menacing understood, would follow after a short and the profound darkness, rendered
thunder rolling unceasingly at a distance, delay. On the second night of her
more striking by the rapid flashes of solitary and alarming residence in this lightning, all appeared to the eyes of dismantled castle,
Clara in unison with the horrour of her
thoughts. It seemed to her that all na“ Exactly at ten o'clock, she distinctly ture revolted at a crime which violated heard a coach enter one of the courts of all her laws. Suddenly, Frikmann stopped; the castle, and immediately an extraordic and in a strong and gloomy voice, he said, nary bustle throughout the house,a in German, five or six words which were climbing of staircases, an opening of repeated by the echoes of both the shores. doors with noise, and a walking in all the A minute afterward, a whistle was three galleries. “Oh! exclaimed Clara, 'this times sounded; and Frikmann, opening a time it is not an illusion : he arrives : it is door, found himself on the bank. he.' 'Half an hour afterward, Frikmann proceeded about thirty steps along the appeared. He seemed agitated, and no shore. Then a dazzling flash of lightning thing could be more striking than a trace of discovered to Clara a boat close to her, emotion on his naturally cold countenance. in which was a man alone, wrapped in a He approached Clara, took her hand, and mantle that entirely concealed his figure. dragged her along. Clara, frightened, • 'Tis he!' said Clara to herself, shud. opposed resistance, and Frikmann pre- dering. She saw him! she knew him'
she already felt the deadly blow; for she difficult, she prevailed on father Ar. believed that she should be poignarded,
sene to change her retreat for the and then plunged into the river. Her hair rose on her head. Frikmann placed tal of one of the
German electorates ;
house of an aged widow in the capiher almost dying in the arms of this man, and fled with rapidity. Clara, motion where she was accidentally introduced less and frozen, voluntarily shut her eyes,
to the elector's daughter, and entirely that she might not once see the assassin. won her confidence and affection. Her shrinking heart had no longer the pow. This amiable princess, whose spirits er to beat. She ceased to breathe, yet she
were depressed by a secret affliction, preserved sensation and consciousness, She remained thus a moment suspended opened her whole heart to her young between life and death ; when, on a sud- favourite, and related her melancholy den,oh surprise! oh inexpressible ecstacy! history. She had been betrayed into she felt the arms which supported her a private marriage with one of her gently pressing her! She heard sighs and father's ministers, who treated her upon her! O God! oan the murderer of with coldness, and appeared to have Julius, the unnatural father who so sacri- lost all affection for her. Here, the ficed his daughter, can he be capable of suspense of the story is in a great an emotion of pity ? does outraged nature measure destroyed ; for the reader reclaim her rights, and will she triumph
sees at once that Clara is the daughover so much barbarity?
ter of the princess. Her father, Ro“ Meanwhile, the clouds which concealed the moon dispersed, and her mild light senberg, who at an early age had inrevived. The wind was hushed, and the
trusted her to Montalban, returned violent tossing of the boat fastened to about this time; and having been the bank was moderated. At this instant, convinced that she was guilty of the the arms which supported Clara lifted her murder, he threatened her with imand placed her on a seat, and she found mediate detection and exposure unherself opposite to the object of her melancholy fears.--Clara raised towards him less she left the place. She returned, a sad and timid eye; but scarcely had therefore, to her refuge near Ro. she perceived him, when she recovered chelle ; where, after various adven. all her faculties and all her sensibility, tures, which are not always of the and, prostrating herself, exclaimed with most probable kind, her innocence transport not to be described, 'O my
was manifested to the world. Mon. deliverer! She recognised her venerable friend, and embraced the knees of
talban died confessing his guilt. Valfather Arsene.”
more was united to his beloved Clara ; Her worthy Confessor now con and Rosenberg (who had very fortuveyed her to a place of safety at a nately brought some German auxi. farm-house near Rochelle, which be- liaries to the assistance of the be. came the head quarters of the gene- sieged Hugonots) blessed their auspiral who commanded the besieging cious marriage. army. This general was Valmore ; The story, though very striking in who, though he could not see her particular scenes, is tedious and unface, which she had the precaution to equal; and it is eked out by a num. keep constantly veiled, was reminded ber of episodical narratives which of his former love and sorrow by her neither assist the progress of the figure and appearance. He passed main argument, nor have much inthe night in a room divided from her trinsick merit. We would not rashonly by a thin partition; and she had ly charge Madame De G. with dethe melancholy satisfaction of hear- scending to the arts of book-making : ing him express those feelings of an but really the stories of the hermit unextinguished affection, which she and the old woman answer no purpose could never be permitted to return, besides that of swelling the work. while labouring under the load of in. The latter, however, is introduced by famy that had been heaped on her. a description of a maritime village, Concealment becoming daily more so lively, original, and picturesque,
ihat our readers, will probably not of France by those of former times, be displeased by seeing it translated : we think that the publication before
“ The mixture of rustick manners and us exhibits a similar approximation maritime toils gives to this village a sin- to the ancien regime on the subject of gular and striking aspect. A person religion. Every opportunity is taken might find there in families a wonderful to justify the system of convents and store of knowledge gained from experi- monasteries, and to deny the exist. ence and tradition, united to all the
prejudices of ignorance and all the simpli
ence of those enormities with which city of a country village. The interiour of they have been often charged. The almost all the houses was adorned with worship of images is mentioned with the productions of India or the ocean; and a degree of awe and veneration, greatthey were at once decorations and trophies, which aitested long voyages and er, we apprehend, than any judicious perilous navigations. There the same
catholick divine of the present day hands were often employed in construct
would express on the subject; and ing vessels and fabricating ploughs; and the fervent prayers of Clara are more the men, divided into two classes, offered, than once rewarded by distinct revein their mode of life, on the one hand lations from heaven. We have also the picture of temerity, boldness, and all the agitations produced by ambition and
too many providential interferences, curiosity; on the other, the affecting and too many quotations from the image of innocence and peace, the happy scriptures. A romance is the worst fruits of moderation and a tranquil life.” possible vehicle for onction ;-a word
If we were right in the conjecture of extensive and mysterious signifiwhich wethrew out, on a late occasion, cation, which has been very imperrespecting Madame De Genlis's fectly rendered by our common term, wish to remodel the present manners cunt.
FROM THE EDINBURGH REVIEW.
Lettre aux Espagnols-Americains. Par un de leurs Compatriotes. A Philadelphie, 8vo. pp. 42.
THIS curious and interesting try, and took refuge in the dominions address is the production of Don of the pope in Italy. At the time Juan Pablo Viscardo y Gusman, a when the dispute about Nootka Sound native of Arequipa in Peru, and an threatened to produce a war between ecclesiastick of the Order of Jesus. Great Britain and Spain, and when When the Jesuits were banished Mr. Pitt, in the view of that event, from all the territories of Spain, had adopted the scheme of revoluhe, with the rest of his order, who, tionizing the Spanish colonies in whatever may have been their deme America, he invited, at the suggesrits in other parts of the world, had tion of general Miranda, a certain been the chief benefactors of Spanish number of the ex-Jesuits of South America,* was deprived of his coun- America from Italy, for the purpose
of using their influence in disposing * Dr. Robertson, when treating of the the minds of their countrymen for rapacious, oppressive, and licentious lives
the meditated changes. Of this of the ecclesiasticks of that country, says: "It is remarkable that all the authors, number was the author of the present who censure the licentiousness of the appeal, in which the inhabitants of Spanish regulars with the greatest seve. rity, concur in vindicating the conduct of takes such full possession of every memthe Jesuits. Formed under a discipline ber of the order, the Jesuits, both in more perfect than that of the other mo. Mexico and Peru, it is allowed, maintainnastick orders, or animated by that con ed a most irreproachable decency of mancern for the honour of the society, which ners."--History of America, vol. iv. note 19.
South America are called upon, by subjected; and, after enlarging on every consideration interesting to the galling restraints in respect to human kind, to take the manage- personal liberty, and the ruinous efment of their own affairs into their fects of the exorbitant, commercial own hands, and to establish a just and monopoly to which they have been beneficent government, which may condemned, he alludes to their exat once ensure their own happiness, clusion from all offices of profit and and open a liberal intercourse of be- trust, even in their own country, in nefits with the rest of mankind. a strain of patriotick indignation. This uncommon person, who evinces After this picture of slavery, the a share of knowledge, of thought, author proceeds to demonstrate the and of liberality, worthy of the most foundations of liberty; and, consienlightened countries, died in Lon- dering the education he had received, don in the month of February 1798, the country where he was reared, and and left the present tract, in manu. the society to which he belonged, the script, together with several other beneficence and justness of his views papers, in the hands of Mr. King, at are worthy of no ordinary approbathat time minister in this country lion. He then displays the solid from the United States. It was al. principles of liberty which were oriterwards printed by means of general ginally interwoven in the constitution Miranda, for the purpose of being of Spain, and assisted by the spirit circulated among his countrymen. of the people ; and, in the following
At a moment like the present, we short passage, states, with much doubt not it will appear of importance discernment, the miserable, but deto our readers to contemplate the lusive causes of its loss. sentiments of a man who may, to so
“The reunion of the kingdoms of Casgreat a degree, be considered as the tile and Aragon, together with the great
states which at that time came to the representative of the leading classes kings of Spain, and the treasures of the of his countrymen, on a question at East Indies, gave the crown of Spain an all times highly interesting to Great unexpected preponderance, which grew Britain, but which, in the present so powerful that in a very short time it situation of Europe, assumes an in- overthrew all the barriers erected by the calculable importance.
prudence of our ancestors to secure the
liberty of their posterity. Regal power, In presenting to his country men like the sea breaking over its limits, a short sketch of their history, he overflowed the whole monarchy, and the tells them, after Herrera, that their will of the king and of his ministers be. progenitors won the country by their
came the universal law. own enterprise, and established them Despotick power, once so strongly selves in it at their own charges, cient cortes no longer existed. There re
established, the shadow even of the anwithout a farthing of expense to the mained for the natural, civil, and religious mother country; that, of their own rights of the Spaniards no other protecfree accord, they made to her the tion than the good will of the ministers, donation of their vast and. opulent or the ancient formalities of justice, callacquisitions ; that, instead of a pa- have sometimes opposed the oppression ternal and protecting governinent, of innocence without, however, preventthey had experienced, at her hands, ing the proverb from being always true : the most galling effects of a jealous, The king's will makes the law." rapacious, and oppressive administra When he at last comes to call upon tion; and that, for the long period his countrymen, from a united view of three centuries, their attachment of the nature of things, and of their to her had triumphed over the strong- own particular circumstances, to aest causes of resentment. He then dopt the resolution of becoming their draws a picture of the oppression to own masters, he cites, for their exwhich the colonies of Spain have been ample, the celebrated revolt of the