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generosity gave to her parents and her but it did not continue; for being now cousins, out of his share of the prize, an in much pain, and struggling for breath, ample sufficiency for their maintenance. he lay dying; and after some conflicts, In short, they now were all free, happy, the physicians despairing of him, he gave and contented. Ricardo became famous up the ghost at half an hour after eleven not only through all Sicily, but in Italy in the morning, being the 6th of Februand other countries, under the name of ary, 1685, in the 36th year of his reign, the Generous Lover; and his memory and 54th of his age. It is said, they long survived in the numerous offspring exceedingly urged the receiving the Holy of Leonisa, who was a shining example of Sacrament, but his Majesty told them he beauty united with modesty and discre- would consider it; which he did so long tion.

till it was too late. He gave his breeches

and keys to the Duke of York, who was LAST DAYS OF

almost continually kneeling by the bedCHARLES THE SECOND. side and in tears. He also recommended

to him the care of his natural children, The following account of the last mo- all except the Duke of Monmouth. He ments of this profligate King, whom intreated the queen to pardon him (not modern writers have been pleased to call without cause!) he spoke to the duke to “the Merry Monarch,” is taken from be kind to the Duchess of Cleaveland, the private Diary of Evelyn, who was an and especially Portsmouth, and that Nelly eye witness of the abominable scenes he might not starve. - - Thus died King so graphically describes.

Charles II., of a robust constitution, « Feb. 4. 1685.—I went to London, and in all appearance promising a long hearing his Majesty had been the Mon- life! I never can forget the inexpressiday before surprised in his bed-chamber ble luxury and profaneness, gaming and with an apoplectic fit, so that if, by God's all dissoluteness, and as it were total forprovidence, Dr. King (that most excel. getfulness of God (it being Sunday evenlent chirugeon as well as physician) had ing), which this day sen’night I was not been accidentally present, to let him witness of, the king sitting toying with blood, his Majesty had certainly died that his concubines, Portsmouth, Cleaveland, moment, which might have been of dire- and Mazarine, &c. A French boy sing. ful consequence, there being nobody else ing love songs, in that glorious gallery ; present with the King save this Doctor whilst about twenty of the great courand one more, as I am assured. This tiers, and other dissolute persons, were rescued his Majesty for the instant ; but at basset round a large table, a bank of it was only a short reprieve. He still at least 20001. in gold before them; upon complained, and was relapsing, often which two gentlemen, who were with fainting, with sometimes epileptic symp- me, made reflections with astonishment. toms, till Wednesday, for which he was Six days after, all was in the dust!” cupped, let blood in both jugulars, had both vomit and purges, which so relieved

SKETCH. him, that on Thursday hopes of recovery

(For the Parterre). were signified in the Gazette; but that day, about noon, the physicians thought 'T was in her favourite bow'r, my ravished eye him feverish. This they seemed glad of, First met her downcast look, and from that day

from its sleepy as being more easily allayed and metho- My bounding heart dically dealt with than his former fits; Throbbing with tenfold pulse of joy. I loved so as they prescribed the famous Jesuit's With such a deep o'erwhelming tenderness, powder ; but it made him worse: and

That earth contained no treasure to my heart

So dear, and I could willingly bave dared some very able doctors who were present The deaib, if borne upon her honeyed sigh; did not think it a fever, but the effect of Angel in form, with eye of matchless light, his frequent bleeding and other sharp Peeping like night star from its home of blue operations used by them about his head; Upon a world of dreams. Her brow was arched

By Love's own master hand, anon 'twas sad so that probably the powder might stop In melancholy sweetness, and in gloom, the circulation and renew his former fits, And then like rainbow with its stream of tears, which now made him very weak. Thus

Herald of smiles and hope! Soon were our

hearts he passed Thursday night with great In silken bond of sweet communion joined ; difficulty; when complaining of a pain And whilst she chid me for my burning kiss, in his side, they drew twelve ounces more

Still lingered, and returned its madd’ning fire; of blood from him : this was by six in the Whisp'ring in blissful murmurs, “ Ever thine.”

Within my fond embrace confessed her love, morning of Friday, and it gave him relief;

JULIAN

rst

SURPRISE.

ORIGINAL LETTER OF For true, as 't is said, since the first Eve undid GARRICK

'em, Frail woman will long for the fruit that's for

bidden. Our correspondent, Mr. Orme, has And husbands are taught now-a-days spite of sent us the following letter from Gar- struggles, rick, to the Secretary of the Customs, Politely to pardon, a wife, though she smag.

gles. which does not appear to have been be- If your honours and you, when the sex go fore printed entire. We do not find it astray, in the two quarto volumes of his cor

Have sometimes inclined to go with them that

way, respondence.

We hope to her wishes you will not say pay. á Dear sir, Not Rachel weeping for 'Tis said that all judges, this maxim to keep, her children could shew more sorrow

Not their justice to tire, at times let it sleep; than Mrs. Garrick :—not weeping for

If more by the Scriptures their honours are

mov'd, her children, she has none; nor indeed The over-much righteous are then disapprov'd. for her husband; thanks to the humour Thus true to the "Gospel, and kind as ihey're of the times, she can be as philosophical Let their mercy restore what their justice deupon that subject as her betters. What

nies. does she weep for then ? Shall I dare tell you? It is it is for the loss of a ARTS AND ARTISTS. chintz bed and curtains. The tale is short, and is as follows:-I have taken some [We take the following anecdotes from pains to oblige the gentlemen of Cal- Dunlap's forthcoming “ History of cutta, by sending them plays, scenes, American Arts and Artists."] and rendering them other services in my

A SECRET WELL KEPT, OR THE AGREEABLE way; in return, they have sent me Madeira, and poor Rachel the unfortunate chintz. She has had it four years; and

“ Monsieur Brugere, a French gentleupon making some alterations in our man, who had lived in double blessedlittle place at Hampton, she intended to ness, until his consort and himself were show away with her prohibited present. of a certain age, or a little beyond, called She had prepared paper, chairs, &c. for on the painter, and engaged his portrait. this favourite token of Indian gratitude. The transaction, by agreement, was to But, alas ! all human felicity is frail; be a profound secret, as he meant to no care having been taken on my wife's surprise Madame Brugere, by presenting part, and some treachery having been her with a duplicate of his beloved visage, exerted against her, it was seized, the as a new-year's gift. While this affair very bed, by the coarse hands of filthy was going on, the painter received a visit dungeon villains,’and then thrown among from Madame Brugere. Sully, on seeing the common lumber.

her enter, thought the secret had fared If you have the least pity for a dis- the fate of most secrets, and was pretressed female, any regard for her husband paring to bring Monsieur's physiognomy (for he has had a sad time of it), or any from its hiding-place; but the lady did wishes that the environs of Bushy Park not give him time to be a Marplot. be made tolerably neat and clean, you "Mr. Sully,' said she, you must paint may put your finger and thumb to the my picture very quick; for I am deterbusiness, and take a thorn out of Rachel's mined to surprise Mr. Brugere very side. “I am, dear sir, &c. &c. much by presenting to him my likeness “D. GARRICK."

w-year's day, the first thing he shall see.

Monsieur Brugere has long desired to possess my portrait-I have

hitherto refused_but now I would sur“ For earthly power doth then look likest prise him, when he shall find it hung up God, when mercy seasons justice.” Merchant of Venice.

before his face on new-year's morning.

So you will paint my portrait, and we 0, Stanley! give ear to a husband's petition,

shall keep it very, very secret, from Whose wife well deserves her distressful condi- Monsieur Brugere and all the world.' tion,

Thus this happy couple had hit on the Regardless of his, and the laws prohibition;

same plan to increase each other's pleaIf you knew what I suffer, since she has been caught,

sure at the comencement of the year. On the husband's poor head ever falls the Accordingly, both portraits were paint

wife's fault; You would lend'a kind hand to the contraband ed, and both secrets remained inviolate

and unsuspected. The painter conjade, Aud screen her for once in her illicit trade. trived that the pictures should be carried

on new

TEXT.

PETITION

THE PICTURE OF THE WEST FAMILY.

to the house and placed in the parlour more lovely than the mother and the on new-year's eve, after the family sleeping babe. Near her stands, half had retired to rest—the same pretence reclining, a boy of nine or ten years of for the secresy of the proceeding, and age (your old friend Raphael West) and the lateness of the hour, answering for on the other side sit two quakers with each, and each plotting with the pain- their hats on, the father and brother of ter to deceive and surprise the other. the artist, who leans on the back of one A visit was soon received from the huse of their chairs.' Does he not lean on band. • Aha! Monsieur Sully! Mon his wife's chair? By the by, had Allan Dieu ! how we have all played trick! Cunningham ever seen this picture or I trick my wife-my wife trick me- even seen Mr. West, he could not, one you trick both.

Very early on new- would suppose, constantly speak of him year morning, Madam Brugere get up as a quaker. To return to Leslie. "I and go into the parlour. I listen, and I believe the picture represents the first hear her exclaim very loud, and laugh visit paid by the father and brother-inimmoderately. So I go to her to enjoy law to the lady, after the birth of the the joke. Aha! my dear !' I say, “is second son, and the silence which reigns it like?' • You shall look if it is like :' over the whole is that of religious mediand there I found her picture by the side tation. When Mr. West's pictures were of mine. “Aha!' said I, “Sully has told sold, Mr. Newton and I agreed, if it you my plot, and you counter-plot me !' should come at all within our means, to but I found it was the same thought in buy this one between us. But Raphael two heads.' • And the mutual desire to West, to whom it belongs, would not produce an agreeable surprise,' said the part with it. It was, therefore, not inpainter.”

cluded in the sale. I did not know the

reason at the time, but Raphael since Raphael West was born in the year told me, and added, with a feeling which 1769, the oldest son of the great histori- does him honour, that as long as he could cal painter. His portrait as a boy is keep any thing, he would not part with introduced by his father in the beautiful that picture. It is well known that small picture of the family, leaning on when Benjamin West, a young man, the arm of his mother's chair, who is left home for Italy, he had formed an looking at the second son, Benjamiri, an attachment to a young lady of Philadelinfant on her lap. His school education phia, of the name of Shewell. On his was entrusted to one of the numerous arrival in England from Italy, his prosacademies that surround London, and pects as an artist soon assumed so proit seems to have been a favourite with mising an aspect, that he determined to the Americans of that day, as Mather remain there, and wrote to his affianced Brown, John Singleton Copley, (the son bride, asking her to undertake the voyage of the painter, and now Lord Lynd- to England, under the care of his venehurst), and Raphael West were shool- rable father. The lady and her intended mates and playmates, when, as Mather father-in-law complied with the request, Brown told Leslie, he and Raefe had and in London, for the first time, the often, while bathing, given the chancellor old gentleman met his eldest son, who in embryo, a ducking in the Serpentine was a watchmaker, settled in Reading, river.

and at that time forty years of age.

This “ Having mentioned the West family son was born after old Mr. West went picture, I will repeat what Mr. Charles to America, and the mother dying, the R. Leslie has said respecting it, as con- child was retained by her relatives. West nected with my friend Raphael. • Of married and remained in America until all Mr. West's pictures, great or small, I he came to bring a bride to his son Benprefer (perhaps you will laugh at me) jamin, one of the many children given the little one representing his own fami. him by his American wife.” ly. Sir Joshua Reynolds used to say, ‘no man ever painted more than half-a- A FOREST ON FIRE. dozen perfectly original pictures in his life. Certainly this one stands pre-emi- AUDUBON, the American naturalist, gives nent among Mr. West's half-dozen. It the following vivid description of a fire is well known by an indifferent engra- in the woods, as related to him by a ving, as large, I believe, as the picture, wood-cutter-one of the sufferers by the and represents a young mother (Mrs.

It is full of appalling interest, West) soon after the birth of her second and strongly reminds us of the monsoons child. I know of nothing in the art on the sandy plains of Africa.

event.

“ About twenty-five years ago, the to catch and saddle the two best horses. larch or hackmitack trees were nearly all All this was done in a very short time, killed by insects. This took place in for I guessed that every moment was what hereabouts is called the black soft precious to us. growth' land ; that is, the spruce, pine, “We then mounted, and made off and all other firs. The destruction of from the fire. My wife, who is an exthe trees was effected by the insects cut- cellent rider, stuck close to me; my ting the leaves, and you must know that, daughter, who was then a small child, I although other trees are not killed by took in one arm. When making off as the loss of their leaves, the evergreens I said, I looked back and saw that the always are. Some few years after this frightful blaze was close upon us, and destruction of the larch, the same in- had already laid hold of the house. By sects attacked the spruces, pines, and good luck, there was a horn attached to other firs, in such a manner, that before my hunting clothes, and I blew it, to half a dozen years were over, they began bring after us, if possible, the remainder to fall, and, tumbling in all directions, of my live stock, as well as the dogs. they covered the whole country with The cattle followed for a while, but, bemaited masses. You may suppose that, fore an hour lad elapsed, they all ran as when partially dried or seasoned, they if mad through the woods; and that, Sir, would prove capital fuel, as well as sup- was the last of them. My dogs, too, plies for the devouring flames which, although at all other times extremely accidentally, or perhaps by intention, tractable, ran after the deer that in afterwards raged over the country, and bodies sprung before us, as if fully aware continued burning at intervals for years, of the death that was so rapidly apin many places stopping all communica- proaching. tion by the roads; the resinous nature of "We heard blasts from the horns of the firs being of course best fitted to our neighbours, as we proceeded, and ensure and keep up the burning of the knew that they were in the same predeep beds of dry leaves of the other dicament. Intent on striving to the trees.

utmost to preserve our lives, I thought “ I dare say that what I have told of a large lake, some miles off, which you brings sad recollections to the minds might possibly check the flames; and, of my wife and eldest daughter, who, urging my wife to whip up her horse, we with myself, had to fly from our home set off at full speed, making the best way at the time of the great fires.

I felt so

we could over the fallen trees and the interested in his relation of the causes of brush heaps, which lay like so many the burnings, that I asked him to de- articles placed on purpose to keep up scribe to me the particulars of his mis- the terrific fires, which advanced with a fortunes at the time.

broad front upon us. “ It is a difficult thing, Sir, to describe, “ By this time we could feel the heat : but I will do my best to make your time and we were afraid that our horses would pass pleasantly. We were sound asleep drop every instant. A singular kind of one night in a cabin about a hundred breeze was passing over our heads, and miles from this, when about two hours the glare of the atmosphere shone over before day, the snorting of the horses the day light. I was sensible of a slight and lowing of the cattle which I had faintness, and my wife looked pale. The ranging in the woods suddenly awakened heat had produced such a flush in the

I took yon rifle, and went to the child's face, that when she turned towards door to see what beast had caused the either of us, our grief and perplexity hubbub, when I was struck by the glare were greatly increased. Ten miles, you of light reflected on all the trees before know, are soon gone over, on swift me, as far as I could see through the horses; but, notwithstanding this, when woods. My horses were leaping about, we reached the borders of the lake, snorting loudly, and the cattle ran among covered with sweat and quite exhausted, them with their tails raised straight over our hearts failed us. The heat of the their backs. On going to the back of smoke was quite insufferable, and sheets the house, I plainly heard the crackling of blazing fire flew over us in a manner made by the burning brushwood, and beyond belief. We reached the shores, saw the flames coming towards us in a however, coasted the lake for a while, far extended line. ran to the house, and got round to the lee side. There told my wife to dress herself and the we gave up our horses, which we never child as quickly as possible, and take the saw again. Down among the rushes we little money we had, while I managed plunged by the edge of the water, and

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laid ourselves flat, to wait the chance of nights, during which we shifted in the escaping from being burnt or devoured. best manner we could, we at last reached

The water refreshed us, and we enjoyed the hard woods,' which had been free the coolness.

of the fire. Soon after we came to a “On went the fire, rushing and crash- house, where we were kindly treated for ing through the woods. Such a sight a while. Since then, Sir, I have worked may we never see ! The heavens them- hard and constantly as a lumberer ; but, selves, I thought, were frightened, for thanks be to God, here we are safe, all above us was a red glare, mixed with sound, and happy." clouds of smoke, rolling and sweeping away. Our bodies were cool enough, ADVENTURE IN THE ANDES. but our heads were scorching, and the child, who now seemed to understand By the Author of A Tale of Tucuman.” the matter, cried so as nearly to break

(For the Parterre). our hearts.

(Concluded from page 40.] “ The day passed on, and we became bungry. Many wild beasts came plung. With two companions I lurked about, ‘ing into the water beside us, and others and within an hour after his marriage, swam across to our side and stood still. ere he had greeted his bride on her return Although faint and weary, I managed to from the cathedral church, with whose shoot a porcupine, and we all tasted its pompous ceremonies he had dreamed to flesh. The night passed I cannot tell make her his own-within one hour he

Smouldering fires covered was seized, and I bore him away to the the ground, and the trees stood like pil.. woods. I slew him not-he lives stilllars of fire, or fell across each other. but I was revenged. This comely bride The stifling and sickening smoke still might but weep over the wreck I caused rushed over us, and the burnt cinders to be made. He endures a living death, and ashes fell thick about us.

and she curses the hour in which she got through that night I really cannot tell, burst the ties that bound Pincheira to for about some of it I remember nothing. humanity. I fled from the spot. I

Towards morning, although the heat crossed the snowy ridge, and I sought did not abate, the smoke became less, the tribe of my mother. They looked and blasts of fresh air sometimes made on me and said, “Why comes the white their way to us. When morning came, man amongst us?” My heart all was calm, but a dismal smoke still turned to bitterness. The white man filled the air, and the smell seemed worse had cast me out, and the red man said than ever.

We were now cooled enough, that I was not of his blood. I cursed and shivered as if in an ague fit; so we the hour when I was born, the father removed from the water, and went up to who had begotten me, and the mother a burning log, where we warmed our- who had given birth to me. I was an selves. What was to become of us I did alien upon the face of the earth, and not know. My wife hugged the child none loved me. I aroused me from my to her breast, and wept bitterly; but God despair, and I resolved that those who had preserved us through the worst of loved me not should fear me. I met the danger, and the flames had gone with some deserters, and I enlisted them past, so I thought it would have been in my service, in the name of the king both ungrateful to Him, and unmanly to of Spain, in whose service my father had despair now. Hunger once more pressed procured me a commission, while I was upon us, but this was easily remedied. yet a boy. I was captured : I was shot Several deer were still standing in the for a robber. You saved my life. Since water, up to the head, and I shot one of then I have at times defeated the troops them. Some of its flesh was soon roasted, of Chile; at times I have fled before and, after eating it, we felt wonderfully them'; and since I last returned from strengthened.

Chile, I have recruited a larger number “ By this time the blaze of the fire of men than before; many also of the was beyond our sight, although the Indians, who have quarrelled with their ground was still burning in many places, Caciques, have joined me, and I am and it was dangerous to go among the about to go on an incursion into Chile, burnt trees. After resting awhile, and pursuing a war of extermination.” trimming ourselves, we prepared to com- “ This is horrible!” exclaimed Don mence our march. Taking up the child, Juan. “Why should you pursue such I led the way over the hot ground and

a war?rocks; and, after two weary days and “ I have been driven on to it. I shall

was

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