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jeer at the Holy Dove, wbich nightly des In Persia, you know, light of my undercended from Heaven to whisper into the standing ! that travellers are entitled to ear of our Prophet?-The race of the holy lodgings, free of all cost, at the expence of are not more numerous than the multitude, the state, and in caravanseras built for that of these Infidels; they cover the land like

purpose. In our journey from the English swine, and, with all our utinost efforts, seaport where we landed to London, we beither his Excellency nor myself could shortly stoppedíat one of these English avoid a personal contact with this impure caravanseras. A fat fellow, with a belly people.

like the hunch of a camel, received us at In coming from the seaport to London, the gate, and with a suitable respect for his our first object of surprize was the manner Excellency's digvity, almost piostrating in which the roads were thronged.—These | bimself on the ground, ushered us into an Infidels have carriages of all kinds. They apartment. His Excellency and myself seemed indeed to want nothing but the immediately threw ourselves on the carpei; knowledge of our holy faith to be the most the fellow stared, but kept bowing, and enviable nation in the world.

almost kissing the ground. Our interpreter The towns in England are very different informed us he waited our commands. from those in Persia.—There is wealth We coinmanded him to leave us to ourenough in one of their principal towns to selves and hurry the horses. The fellow purchase the half of the Persian monarchy. left the room, and the horses were shortly There seems, moreover, no such thing as after announced. We were about to leave theft in the country; at the doors of their the room, when we were detained by a richest shops, for so they call their houses dispute between the interpreter and the Tof sale, there were no guards,-no fortifi- || man of whom I am speaking. The fellow cations. I understand, moreover, even in demanded what they call in this country the night, that so confident are they of five guineas, for the use of his caravansera safety to their persons and property, that during as many minutes. You may judge the guardianship of the streets is entrusted of this demand, when I inform you that solely to old men, and sometimes to old the daily expences of the King of Perwomen, termed watchmen. This is the sia's Court do not exceed this sum. more extraordinary, and therefore, the On our arrival in London, the capital of greater proof of their confidence in the this kingdom of Infidels, we were surprized honesty of each other, inasmuch, as whilst at the preparation for some great rejoicing; they thus employ oid men to this import and in answer to our enquiries learned, that ant office, they have their kingdom over the nation were about to celebrate the æra Howing with young men. They have what of their Sovereign having obtained his they term their Militia, who wear the fiftieth year. What cau these Infidels sec babits of soldiers, but are the most peace in long life ibus to estimate it as the first of able subjects which the British Emperor blessings? In Persia, where the rose blooms has. This soldiery, as it seems, claim the all the year round,—where the sun shines privilege of not fighting; and if ever there and the zephyrs blow, there may be some be any talk of sending them abroad to fight | reason in the wish for length of years. But the battles of their country, they have in England, in this land of foys, damps, always some friend in the great Divan of and perpetual rains, surely none but a fiog, the nation, who talks of the breach of what who can live in a lake, could reasonably they term the principles of the constitu entertain such a desire. tion. According to these principles, as far The English have a method of rejoicing as I understand them, the Militia of Eng. peculiar to themselves. If any subject of land are about as useful as the mad Der joy occur, an order is given for a great vises of Persia : they go about dancing and dinner. This is a custom so peculiarly debauching women, but are held sacred English, that we have nothing analogous from po purpose of utility: they are the to it in Persia, and, therefore, it is not mere running servants of the King, and the easy to render it intelligible to you.-A nation; they live merrily and labour in dinner is the assemblage of all the eatables nothing.

in the town, perhaps of a district, in one

apartment or chamber; upon which a. cannot be any doubt, but that the English suitable number of people take their are a colony of the antient Egyptiaus : seats around what they term a table, and whence else their veneration for the sphynx, in the language of the country fall to.- the most unnatural and ugly of all figures. The loyalty of the party is measured ac Whence their frequent use in their decoracording to the plenty and magnificence of tions of all the Egyptian characiers, which the dinner. He is an excellent subject i have no other form than that of so many who rendeis himself motionless in testify scratches made by schoolboys who are in: his loyally; and I understand, that beginning to write. The English underameugst the Knights, which is one of the stand whai they are about, and though I inferior order of the nobiity in this coun do not yet sufficienily comprehend their try, many have been raised to their dig language to make direct enquiries, I have nity fis great deeds of this kind. In no doubt but that the sphynx is one of Chira, learning readers a man a Manda

their idols, one of the objects of their wosrin; in jünglat d, lit a man tvast his Ma- ! ship and advraticn. jesky and his Ministers, that is to say, in.

lumy nex letter I shalienter more into toxicate bimseitiwo or three times a week particulars; my thoughts are at present at a city dinner, and he is in the certaiu confused with the variety of fresh objects, joad for advancement, and a contract.

inasmuch as every thing is new around me. The house which the English Govern)

This people scem in some respects the ment has provided for his Exceliency, wisest, in others the most foolish of human merits a few words of description. The beings. It is wise of them to have the English, having no regard to their women, images of their deities, their sphynxes and therefore no jealousy, build their and crocodiles, continually before them ; bouses in a totally different form from what the presence of these objects must they are built amongst us; their houses are

vecessarily make a strong impression on as open as the structures in our gardens. the minds of their children, and what is Every room is aiternately their haram ; early imbibed is seldum forgotten. It is and such is the daring immodesty of the

wise of them to ac knowledge the blessings people, every room is open as the stieet,

which they have derived from the long every motion of their women may be seen; reign of their Sovereign. It is wise of them

to adhere to the maximns of their ancestors, and you cannot pass through a stieet in

and to endeavour to tread back the steps the morning, wiihout meeting them in as greai a mullitude and as freely exposed as

into which a false refinement has led the meg. Alas! my friend, the progress

them ; to recover their hieroglyphics, of refinement has not commencd. Persia

and to restore the antient worship of is suillede oply country in the world in

their sphynxes. All this is wise of them, which women are duly estimated, and

but then,can anything be more foolisla than therefore are kept as the most precious such a religion, and such general opinions ? jewels.

any thing be more foolish than their But what most astonished me, and will conduct towards their women; affecting astou:ish you equally in the mention, is the 10 put a value on them, yet leaving them furniture of their houses; and particularly

at liberty; having a garden as it were withotthat which the Government has provide

out walls, and an haram without bars; and ed for us. Every room is ornamented

to crown the sum of folly, there are exwith those sphynxes, hieroglyphics, and || amples, as I understand, even of jealousy characters, which we find in the caverns of aniongst these people ; so inconsistent is Egypt, and in the vaults of the antient

human nature.-Farewell, you shall hear Thebes.—You will acknowledge now, that

more from me when I am more settled. there was some justice in what many of our From London, the city of Infidels, Persian writers bave asserted, that arts and

in the Month denominated December." learning are in perpetual migration; that they were in Arabia formerly, and may

[To be Continued.] latterly fly to the land of Infidels. There




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The departure of Edward hung heavily The disappointed pride of her father venton Agnes Lady Priscilla neglected no ed itself in the most bitter insprecations." means to amuse her mind. One day Pushing her out of the house he locked: when she went to call on the Captain aud the door with his own hand behind her. Azues accoinpanied her, she demanded of Overwhelmed in tears, she was compelled her young pupil wheiher she had ever to seek refuge from her inhuman father heard the history of the mother of her in the arms of her husband. lover. Agnes replied in the negative. “I “ Lionel and Lucilia had now no other will relate it, therefore,” said Lady Pris- hopes but that they should find the uncle cilla, and she thus commenced :

of Lionel more favourable; but their ex. “The father of Lucilia, and grandfather | pectations were completely blasted by a of your Edward, lived in a country town letter from bim, expressing the most pasin Devonshire, where Lionel, the father of sionate resentment, and forbidding them Edward, happened to be stationed with ever to appear in his presence, or presume his regiment. Lionel was as yet but an to write to bim; adding, that he had forEnsign. He saw Lucilia at an assembly, bidden bis banker to accept in future the and becaine enamoured of her. Her fa- l drafts of Lionel. Thus were this amiable ther, a rigid Presbyterian, and one who pair cast upon the world without any hated the military, no sooner discovered other support than the slender income of their mutual regard than he forbad Lionel an Evsizncy. his house. Lionel, being an orphan under At this time, however, fortune ap. the protection of a wealthy uncle, wrote to peared upon them, by raising this uncle, and requested his interposition them a friend where they had but little in his favour. The uncle, on his part, had cause to expect one. A company in the an abhorrence of Presbyterians, and no regiment became vacant, and being resooner understood the father of Lucilia jected by the Lieutenants, agreeable to to belong to that sect, than he gave a posi- the rules of the army, the parchase was tiye command that Lionel, as he valued offered to Lionel for the regulation price. his favour, should think no more of her; | Lionel was cursing his fortune that his adding that he had other views for him, narrow finances prevented him from availa and would never throw his fortune awaying himself of this advantage, when he on a canting Presbyterian. Thus, unfor. I received a letter from the Colonel of his tunately, were these two lovers situated.

regiment, intreating him to purchase the “ It would be tedious to recount the va- vacant company, and offering tlie loan of rious circumstances of the addresses of the necessary sum, Lionel eagerly emLionel to Lucilia, which they were com- braced this friendly offer, and on the folpelled to conduct with as much privacy as lowing day received the commission. possible; suffice it to say, that unable to “ The Colonel was one of those tyrants obtain the consent of either the father of who abuse the extensive power of military Lucilia or his own unele, both strenuously | authority to the gratification of an arbi. attached to their own prejudices, they trary temper; he was in consequence formed the resolution of privately uniting hated by the Officers of his regiment, and themselves, in the expectation that the il it was the effect of a conspiracy against natural affection of their relatives would him that his Lieutenants had refused to soon overcome their transient anger. purchase the vacant company; to defeat

“ This hope, however, soon failed; their which conspiracy, and not from any friendmarriage was discovered, and Lucilia wasly regard to Lionel, he had advanced bing driven in disgrace from her father's house. the necessary sum upon his bond, and No. I. Vol. I.--N. S.


with the condition that he should not leave the virtue of his wife, Lionel might have the kingdum til the re-paymient.

led a life of some disquietude. In a word, “ Within a short time afterwards the the Colonel was passionately enamoured segiment of Lionel was ordered to Dublin. of Lucilia. Lionel therefore no sooner Rejoiced to leave the neighbourhood of solicited the indulgence of his creditor his revengeful father-in-law, Lionel, ac than the Colonel offered readily to grant companied by his wife, rendered doubly | it, but under a condition which caused dcar to him by their narrow circumstances, Lionel not only to reject it with horror, repaired to that city, where for some but produced a challenge. In the event months they lived in a state of perfect feli. Lionel was wounded, and the Colonel city, and by a prudent economy had a fair rendered his most bitter enemy. He iu. prospect of discharging his debt before the formed him, upon the following day, that time expired. One afternoon they were having occasion to make up a sum for a sitting together in the utmost harmony | purchase, he had deposited the boud of of their mutual love, when Luciiia receiv- || Lionel in the hands of the agent; and that, ed a letter from a distant relation filled with | if his circumstances required any indul. the most bitter expressions, accusing her gence, he must apply to him. of the murder of her father, whose death “ Lionel now seemed to have no resource was occasioned by grief for ber conduct, but in his uncle; reflecting on his former and annexing the part of his will respect. | fondness for him, Lionel fattered himself ing her; in which, after giving the whole that his affection was not yel so wholly of his estate to this relation, he bequeathed (stranged as to see him reduced to such an Lucilia his eternal curse. The shock of extremity of distress. Filled with these such a letter was too much for the sensi-pleasing hopes, Lionel embraced his Lubility of the amiable Lucilia; it occasion. I cilia with renovated spirits, and wrote a ed emotions which were followed by an letter to his uncle, imploring his forgive. illness of three months, during which she ness in the most submissivc terms, and was confined to a bed from which she was stating his present situation; he conjured never expected to rise with life. Youth, him by all the tender ties of nature, by however, at length prevailed over the the fond regard he had once expressed for strength of the disease, and Lionel had him, and by the beloved memory of his the double happiness of her being pro- deceased brother, not to suffer the son of nounced out of danger and the birth of a that brother to perish in a prison, as if boy, who was shortly afterwards christen- guilty of a crime which merited eternal ed after the name of the happy father. execration. There, my Lucilia,' said be,

“ Alas! this bappiness was of short du. smiling with hope as he concluded the ration. An order arrived from the Secre. letter; I am persuaded that my uncle tary of War for the regiment immediately will relent, and that we shall be again to march for Cork, and from thence to happy.' embark for America.

“ Lionel waited impatiently for an an“This at once put a period to their hap-swer, and at length received a most insult. piness; the additional expences occasioned ing letter, not from his uncle, but a by the long sickness of Lucilia had com cousin, who had lived with him from the pelled Lionel not only to expend what time of Lionel's marriage; in which he nioney he had preserved towards the pay- | exulted in his misery, and informed him ment of his bond, but had much involved that his uncle had thrown his letter une him in other debts. The discharge of the opened into the flames. bond being the most essential point, and “ Having now no further prospect of the condition of it that it should be paid preserving his company, Lionel endea. before he left the kingdom, Lionel waited voured to secure his liberty, at least, by : upon the Colonel to solicit his indulgence. the disposal of it, and if possible procure : From the day on which he had conferred a subaltern commission in another regi, the obligation on Lionel, the Colonel had ment. His evil genius, however, still fotbeen su constant a visitor in his family that lowed him. Unwilling to go upon sucha wad is not been for his just confidence in dangerous Rervice several Officers had ap...;


plied for leare to sell their c«mmissions, length satisfied; we have ran the course which had produced a peremptory order of misfortune, and may now hope to comthal no Officer in any regiment ordered for mence that of peace and happiness. In distant service should be permitted either the society of each other we shall spend to sell or exchange. On the application the calmn evening of our lives, and ly the of Lionel, therefore, lic received no other happiness of our future sys be repaid for answer, than that he must either wholly | the sufferings of the past.' With these sesign or embark with his regiment. words he again embraced his Lucilia, who,

“ Lionel still made another effort. The with tears of conjugal love, and maternal Marquis óf B-was at that time Lord. pride, put his boy, the infant Lionel, in his Lieutenant of Ireland, and enjoyed a repu. arms, adding, --- Yes, my dear, we shall be tation for liberality, and every noble vir. happy; yet my heart is heavy. Oh my tue, which has never been since rivalled; | father! my dear, my beloved father' why Lionel endeavoured to engage his huma did you so cruelly curse me? why did you nity iu his favour, and obtain froin him consign to misery a daughter who would that permission which could not be granted have died a thousand times to add to your by any of inferior rank. He accordingly happiness ?' This was a thought that aldrew up a petition, in which he represent ways agonized the heart of Lucilia when. ed with all the eloquence of real feeling | ever it occurred to her, and Lionel had the true state of his case, and intreating somewhat rashly recalled it to her remein.' him that he would permit him either brance; his affectionate consolation, how. wholly to sell bis commission, or exchange ever, soon banished from her memory the it for that of a subaltern in another regi- paternal curse, and in the contemplation ment.

of their new hopes, their returning bap“ This letter produced an immediate piness, they seated themselves by a cheer.” answer from the Lord-Lieutenant himself, ful fire, and partook of a supper with more in which he expressed the utmost compas. appetite than they had long experienced. sion for the situation of Lionel, but in “ Alas! by what fatal necessity is it that formed him that the circumstances of the the curse of a parent is always effectual, time, and the jealousy of other Officers, and that misery, uninterrupted misery, would not permit him to comply with his should ever be the lot of the innocent ob.' request, as so many Officers had made the lject of this unnatural execration. Yet let same demand, that to comply with one and us not reproach the justice of Heaven; to reject the others, would cause general can the cruelty of the inhuman parent be offence; but with that poble beneficence more severely punished than in the misery which had ever marked the character of of his child ? and if there is a state of sepa. the Marquis, the letter inclosed an order rate souls, as most assuredly there is, what on his banker for two hundred pounds.

inust be the feelings of a father like that “Transported at this unexpected supply, of Lucilia, who looks down on the misery Lionel hastened home to gladilen the beait of a beloved, and now forgiven child, and of his wife with the joyful tidings; and

has to reproach himself with beitg its cause? having offered up a fervent prayer for his The ways of Heaven are just; remember generous benefactor, he repaired to his this truth, Agnes, and let nothing ever creditor, and having paid that sum in part erase it from your mind. of his debt, offered to make over half of his

“ Alas! the misery of Lionel and Lu. pay till the remainder should be discharg.

cilia was not yet at an end. Whether ed. As this pay constantly came through that the agent of the regiment was a creahis hands as agent to the regiment, Lionel ture of the Colonel's, as some subsequent had but little doubt of his compliance. | events seem to prove, or that he was one He fattered him with hopes that he would

of those hardened usurers whom no tears accept his proposal, and Lionel departed can soften from the prosecution of what from him in a state of greater felicity than they think their right, whatever might be he had long enjoyed. My sweetest Lu. the cause, Lionel was seized the same cilia,' said he, embracing his wife with evening, and hurried to a spunging-house fervour, the curse of your father is at at the suit of this merciless harpy. Luci.

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