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perhaps to you it may be more intelligible to you, Sir, the making you acquainted I had now, however, some clue, and by with all that I know, and it may perhaps following it I found that Edward bad en be some satisfaction to his friends to learn tered as a private into the regiment of that I lament bis loss scarcely less than Prince Orloff, and was immediately sent yourselves.

I am, &c.' off for Otchzacow, where the Russian army was employed in besieging the Turks. I “ Sir William now read the letter of lost no time in making an immediate ap- Edward contained in the preceding as its plication to Court, and as my interest and envelope. It consisted merely of these influence were commanding, I obtained a words:- Clarissa, you will lcarn too late positive order, addressed to the Prince that I know your proceedings, unhappy himself, for the immediate relcase of Edl miserable woman; but I will not live to ward, and for dispatching him in the in- reproach you. Do you live and repent. stant of his discharge to Petersburgh. In • Your abused miserable husband, less than a fortnight I obtained a letter

• EDWARD. from the Prince, in auswer to this order from the Court, the substance of which “What can be the meauing of this ? ' was, that Edward having been promoted “ I know not,' said the Doctor ; ' I was to a Commission in the Russian army, had | about to ask you.' headed a sally against the Turks, and fight “ Have you ever shewn it to Clarissa ?' ing as if he had no other object but to “ Never, and never intend it.' lose his life, he had fallen in battle, and “ Certainly not,' replied Sir William, SO completely surrounded by the enemy it would make her unhappy to no purthat even his body could not be brought || pose.” off. I will not trouble you with any reflections upon this melancholy business;

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PERSIAN LETTERS.

No. IV. FROM MULÉY CİD SADI, ONE OF THE SECRETARIES TO HIS EXCELLENCY TAE PERSIAN

AMBASSADOR IN LONDON, TO OSMAN CALI BEG HIS FRIEND IN ISPAHAN,

« Live and learn," says the Prophet I have been at one of the spectacles and Poet Sadi; and well, my beloved which they term Theatres : one of the pro friend, might he say so. This land of In. || formances was laid in Persia, and another fidels is as fertile in monsters of all kinds in Turkey. These dogs have no sciuple as the Arabian Tales. Bagdad of old did to introduce on their stages characters of pot deserve more celebrity than London, | our Sultans and Mustis, and what is worse, the city of dogs. Why does our Propbet| imagining them to be such as themselves, suffer the existence of these Infidels ? why they put the most inconceivable buffooudoes not all the Mahometan world arm eries in their mouths. Cali Beg, you are and avenge the crusades which were di- aecustomed to be at the right hand of our rected against themselves in the time of Suitan, and you know that life and death Saladin ?-If there be one just cause of are in his nod; he makes the signal, and the war, it is religion; and if any religion, it object of it is stian sed. In the Sultans is ours. Yet such is the apathy of the on the British stage, a long speech is al. age, that these Infidels are suffered still to ways made before his commands are execorrupt the air, and enjoy the light of cuted. I will pot, however, deign to inHeaven, as if they possessed the sun inform these outcasts of Heaven, that a sul. eommon with the Mussulmen.

tan of Persia, like some part of the British

Constitution, is above reason, and never a to pluck none. They are outlaws of na-
stoops in common sence, that it is the ture and religion.
prero ative of Mussulnian oyalty to play Drowuling is likewise a common death
the fuol, and that our Sultans and Muftis amongst the English. In some of the bar-
are more holy the nearer ther approach to barous provinces of India, the Bramins
jitiotcs. The Mussulmen leave what is drown their sjek and aged, and thus anti-
called reason to Europe, and the Furopean cipate the course of nature. In England,
philosophers, and what use they make of as far as I can make out the matter, they
it, and have made, may be seen from the are not diou ned by their neighbours, but
present state of Euro: ean communities. drown themselves. When an Englishman

They commence their performances at is drunk, is jealous, is foolish, or is mad,
thi-play-house, for thus they term it, with he borrows a rope, or runs to a river.
a song in praise of their King. This is a The la:r's deeming these things neces.
jost tribute to his virtues; but is it not sary to the character of the people, pass
sonething of the air of flattery to sing this them by, and it is one amongst the best
to his face ? Yet this people, according to of the English liberties and Euglisb pri-
t!leir own accounts, have more liberty than vileges, that every Englishman may hang
all the world; it may be so, but I have or drown at his pleasure.
Dotas vet seen it. The lowest individual, I am now afraid of asking for an absent
who is possessor of a house, pays almost as English friend, lest I should be informed
much yearly tribute as the ladjis give to that he has hanged himself, or been found
the tomb of Mahomet; and there is a very drowned. No wonder, however, you will
general complaint all over the country, I say, that this should so frequently, occur.
what the taxes os tributes to government, Momen's must ari e, in which the nature
come very near to the actual revenues of and conscience of tbese Englishmen must
jredividuals. Perhaps liberty is a thing take the alarm, and finding they are not
which should be purchased; it is a luxury, | Musulmen, and therefore have no chance
perhas, more suited to our taste than 10 of the pleasures of a future life, they
our pature. Long live the Constitution become the victims of a blind and fu-
of Persia, where every man wears his head rious despair, and precipitale their own
at the grace and favour of his Sovereign, fa'e. This is the only reasonable account
and all liberty is swallowed up so as to Ican give for their frequent suicides; for
compose

the grealer majesty of the throne. in England the rich and great, those who The mode of execution in England is lave every thing at their command, are such as is suited to their character and most given to this practice. There may rank amongst nations, aud is almost the indeed be one other cause, and this may only thing I can praise amongst them. be, that the theatres, of which I have rogs as they are, they hang each other. been speaking, give nightly examples of Where ore dog is worse than the rest, the bis habit. In some of their plays, I have Jaw seizes on liim, and hangs him up by seen no less than five dead men on the th" thinat. This is as it should be. The floor at once, and I understand that it is Ing ish know themselves, and do not as.

very usual in their tragedies for a whole pire to die as Mussulmen. Suicide is like family to kill themselves or be killed. utse very common amongst them; they I have told you, I believe, that the Eng. then hang themselves. You can scarcelylish women are handsome; they are so, side through a wood in England without only that they do not use betel root-serin: one or more of their carcases : such their teeth, therefore, are white instead of it is not to enjoy the light of true reli- black, and they do not spit so as to cleanse gi n. Were these people Mahometaus their insides. The consequence is, that they would know that those who kill them they are the less agreeable to me, in praselves in this world, become black eunuchs portion as they want these Persian accomto the true Mussulmen in the next; they plishments. Farewel. live ainongst our celestial virgins, to whom From London, the city of Infidels, they are only the vilest slaves ; they see in the Month denominated March," every joy around them, and are pernitted

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THE HISTORY OF THE OLDCASTLE FAMILY.

AN ORIGINAL NOVEL.

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SIR HARRY MIRABEL was exactly the cabinet of a French nobleman is to be character described before; to the usual sold,” said he; " and some of the contents character of the rake he added a peculiar are very curious, and wili go cheap." atrocity which rather belonged to the ruf- Miss Beachcroft eagerly accepted the fian. Seduction was not always his sole offer, and as Lady Beachcroft joined her, means, he had not scrupled occasionally it was necessary for Agnes to comply. at something like force. “ It is not for a "But I am so poor,” said Lady Beachlittle," lie would say to himself, “ that a croft, “ that I shall expect to be treated, woman educated in the habits of modesty, || Sir Harry; and shall insist upon having would consent to undergo the interroga- || whatever I may take a fancy for." Sir tvries of a coart; and it is no bad policy | Harry bowed; the coaches were ordered, in warfare to give the eneny an excuse for and they departed. surrender."

Aynes had suffered Sir Harry to as ist Sir Harry no sooner saw Agnes than he her into the coach, and was waiting to be fixed upon her for his victim. fle resolved joined by Lady Beachcroft, when coming to spare no attentions to procure her fa. to the coach door that Lady said :-“ Sir: vour, for in the present case he conde. Harry, I shall for once trust you with this scended to think this necessary.

young lady, as Sir George is going with In the mean time Agnes was somewhat me in the other coach." Before Agnes, surprised with the conduct of Sir George. | astonished and almost offended, could anHe liad lately appeared as negligent as he swer, Sir Ilarry was in the coach seated bad bitherto been eager to promote the || by her side, and in his usual style of com.' union between Agnes and his son. From | pliment, congratulating himself on his some circumstances in his character which | good fortune. had fallen under her observation, Agnes The coaches at length drove forward. could not but impute this to design. In “Beautiful Agnes,” said Sir Harry, “ bow the circumstance of any refusal to this truly lovely you are.” Offended by this union on the part of Agnes, the will of|| abruptness, Agnes was about to answer, Lady Priscilla gave the whole of three | but Sir Harry prevented her by continuing hundred thousand pounds to be divided in the same strain. -" I know you will be in the family of Sir George.

offended," said he, “but I cannot sacrifice A suspicion of Ibis design, with a desire my happiness to this fear. I will allow to avenge herself on its treachery, added that there may be something in my chato the silence of Mr. Beachcroft on the racter against me, but I must Aatter mysubject of bis love, preserved Agnes silent self that I am not wholly without excuse, upon her secret purpose. Sir George thus || nor beyond a cure. I see my errors, I appeared fully to understand that Agnes acknowledge them, I have suffered for and his son were equally prepared to com- them, and if the gates of reform are open plete their union, but for his own inter- I am willing to enter them." ested purposes he resolved at least to delay, Agnes, as the best reply, appeared wholly if not wholly and treacherously to prevent inattentive, and occasionally asked ques it.

tions with regard to the names of the Sir Harry called on the morning follow- strects through which they passed. Sir ing their visit to the theatre. Agnes was Harry answering her questions, and refarther confirmed by his conversation that suming his subject, thus continued :-" I he possessed an understanding suited to was uncontrouled master of myself and my far better things than to shive as a coxcomb | estate at the age of twenty-three; you will in the world of fashion. He invited them allow that it would have required a judg. 10 attend an auction at Christie's. "The ment more than usually steady to have Ne. IV. Yol. J.-N. S.

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made a tolerable choice as to my future || you." This might be fashionable, but
course of life at an age like that. Pleasure Agoes thought it bad but little delicacy,
opened all ber stores before me,-is it a || and therefore bid for nothing.
subject of surprise that I gave her the pre- In the meantime Sir Harry had taken
ference, and wanted the virtue to imitate i the arm of Sir George, and was talking
the better judgment of a Hercules ? What earnestly to him at one of the windows.
is your opinion?"

Agnes could not avoid listening, when she “I have really no opinion upon the sub- | heard her own name, in some curiosity.ject, Sir," sad Agnes, coldly.

“ She is under me as her guardian," said I confess, indeed," continued Sir | Sir George.—“And you have no objecHarry, " that my subject is somewhat | tion," returned Sir Harry." Absolutely abrupt."

none, my good friend; win her and wear And very impertinent, Sir," said her; call upon me in the morning, and Agnes; “ I must request that you will say you shall know more." no niore."

Agnes was fixed with surprise at this Loveliest of women, why this con- conversation; she in vain endeavoured to teinpt?"

comprehend its meaning. Whilst she was Sir, if you proceed in this manner, I reflecting upon this subject, Mr. Beachmust order the coachman to stop, for I will croft joined their party. He addi essed pot suffer under your impertinence,” said || Agnes with. unusual earnestness, and apAgnes. “I know not under what cause peared eager to speak to her; seeing at you can justify this impertinence." length an opportunity:-“ Will you par.

“ You have an admirable spirit," said don me," said he, “ if I address you as an Sir Harry, with the determined assurance | adviser; if you value what the town can of the undaunted man of the town; “ but | say, give it no opportunity of fixing upon it is of such advantage to your beauty," || you as the object of its scandal." continued he, “ that you owe me some “ What do you mean?” said Agnes, thanks for calling it into exertion." much alarmed.

If it should appear a subject of surprise “I mean that there is society of such that Sir Harry should thus address a young notorious, such reputed profligacy, that it lady of equal fashion and independence is almost the loss of reputation to be seen with himself, let it be remembered that he with them." was one of those libertines which within “ For Heaven's sake explain yourself these last ten years have become too fre- more particularly," said Agnes. quent characters. The essential ingredi. I mean, then,” said be, “ that profii. ent of this species is an hearty contempt gate Sir Harry Mirabel. By what acciof the understandings of women, a galo | dent did you appear with him alone in a lantry alternately fawning under a secret backney.coach driving through the Park sneer and open rudeness. Agnes listened and round the ring?" to him with equal surprise and indigna. “ He only accompanied me to Christie's tion; she was offended that Lady Beach- from Sir George's house," said Agocs. croft had put her under the protection of “ Then why did he drive around the so professed a libertine.

ring? why not drive directly there?" said Lady Beachcroft bid for many of the ar- Beachcroft. ticles at the sale, and called to Mirabel to “ Indeed I know not," said Agnes; “ but pay their prices. Sir Harry purchased a your sister, mother, and Sir George were diamond cross for three hundred guineas, in their own coach immediately behind at which Miss Beachcroft threw a glance us." of desire; but Sir Harry, without offering “ You are mistaken), Agnes, you were it to any one, conveyed it into his pocket. alone when I saw you in the Park." Agnes refused to bid for any thing though Agnes, lost in astonishment, knew pot desired to do so by Lady Beachcroft. what to reply. The circumstance, indeed,

“ Bid for what you like, girls," said was as related by Mr. Beachcroft. Avail. Lady Beachcroft; “I have no money, | ing himself of Agnes's ignorance of the but I see twenty fellows who shall pay for ll town, to lengthen his opportunity, Sir

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Harry had ordered the coachman to drive After the dinner was removed, and the sound the ring, in which diversion from servants had disappeared, Sir Harry, prothe road to the auction Lady Beachcroft ducing his purchase, presented it to Ag. did not think it necessary to accompany nes, who refused it with a displeasure hin.

scarcely concealed. Sir George, in an Upon their return to their coaches after authoritative tone, desired her to take it. the conclusion of the auction, Mr. Beach- || Agnes arose from her seat, and, with a croft took the hand of Agnes, and conduct. spirit unusual to her, retired from the ed her to his mother's carriage. Sir Harry room. bowed, and retired with an air of pique.

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soon after followed by Miss When Lady Beachcroft had taken her Beachcroft, who censured her with her scat, she turned to her son:-"George,” | usual volubility for refusing so valuable said she, “I cannot ask you to dinner to a present. “ What signifies what you day, because we dine at Mr. Lovel's," Mr. I thought of the man, when his present was Beachcroft bowed and retired.

so beautiful? I would as soon take a preAgnes looked surprised, as she had heard sent from a man I hate as fioin a man I nothing of this dinner party. "I am com

love. Why, who do you think give me pelled to make this excuse," said Lady this wreath of pearls :" Beachcroft, “ for George is so grave that

“ I know not," replied Agnes. he seldom suits my parties. Besides, Mi. Why, a man old enough to be my sabel dines with us to-day, and George great grandfather,” replied she. and he do not so well agree. And, do you must know the old blockhead fell in love know, Agnes," continued she, “ that you with me; and as I heard he was as wealthy, have absolutely captivated the heart of as a nabob, I encouraged him till he made Mirabel :"

me this present, and then, within a few “ He is the last man in the world, ma-days, wondered at his assurance, and disdam,” replied Agnes, "of whom I should missed him. Lord bless me, child, I care wish to know more than I do at present."

not how many lovers I have, for I know “ Nay, I must not allow you to despise they can none of them become my husyour conquest,” said Lady Beachcroft; band without my owo consent. However, for let me tell you that Mirabel is one you have lost nothing by it, for I have of a thousand; he is a Baronet of a clear taken it for you." estate of seven thousand per annum; and “ I am sure you are perfectly welcome to do the fellow justice has no other fault i to it,” said Agnes. than that of being a terrible rake; he is

“ You mistake me there," replied she; very good natured, as generous as a prince,

“ I have taken it for you and not for myand without a rival in the beau monde. I self. I have taken it under the express can assure you the happy she will be en condition of keeping it until I can prevail vied who shall catch him at last by the upon you to accept it.” marrimonial hook. It is said too that he

“ Then, indeed, you may keep it long js at length resolved to marry and reform. ' enough,” said Agnes. It would be worth the trouble to endea. " Well, I don't believe that," said Miss vour to tame him, and bring down his Beachcroft ; " for Sir Harry is not very proud spirit to the restraints of domestic abominable, though, to be sure, the wretch life."

is very conceited; but be that as it will, Misabei appeared at the dinner hour, the coach is at the door, and mamina is and was the only stranger present. waiting for us to accompany ber to the George, taking Agnes by the hand, intro. Opera." duced her more formally to him, and on Lady Beachcroft soon entered the room, The other hand addressing himself to her and they all departed together for the “ Sir Harry Mirabel,” said he, “a parti. Opera. Agnes saw with pleasure that Sir cular friend of mine, and whom I must Harry did not attend them. beg you to receive according to his me The Opera was a most execrable comsits.” Agnes, surprised at this curious position; the Italian such as is spoken in introduction, curtsied in some confusion. the lowest bagnios in Italy; a most absurd

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