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Imperial Magazine;

OR, COMPENDIUM OF RELIGIOUS, MORAL, & PHILOSOPHICAL KNOWLEDGE.

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** LITERARY PURSUITS AWAKEN AND IMPROVE OUR MENTAL ENERGIES."

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INTERESTING NARRATIVE.

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biographical sketch of my own his

tory, might act as a beacon to the Joy shall be in Heaven over one sinner that

repenteth, more than over ninety and nine young, and the unwise ; not only caujust persons.”Luke xv. 7.

tioning them against the allurements of

pleasure, but against the more destrucMR. Editor,

tive association with those who attempt Though a sick-bed is a prolonged state to ridicule truths which are Divine ! for repentance, yet had I still been Allow me then to inform you, Sir, blest with health, I might have per- that I was the younger son of a gensevered in a course of iniquity, and tleman of good family, possessed of have summed up the catalogue of my landed property to the amount of two transgressions in a manner that would thousand per annum; but having thirhave ruined my soul, and have en- teen children, it was considered necestailed disgrace upon my posterity ! sary that all but the eldest should be

Though labouring under a disease, brought up to some profession. The which for the last two years had occa- army and navy, law, and physic, had sionally been accompanied with excru- already been the choice of my elder ciating agony, still my medical atten- brothers; and being the youngest, and dants did not appear to entertain any a favourite both with my mother and doubt of preserving my life, until my sisters, I remained at home, under within the space of a fortnight, when the care of a tutor, until I had comthe malady assumed a more serious pleted my seventeenth year. At that aspect; and perceiving by the counte- period, my godfather, who held one of nance of my doctors, all was not as the highest situations in the treasury, they wished it, I entreated that I might paid a visit to my parents, and, being candidly be told the real state of my highly pleased with my manners and

That its issue would be mortai, conversation, generously offered me an I felt persuaded ; and the reply of my appointment in that department; assurgeon convinced me that my judgment suring my father, that he had come was right. How much is to be done, into the country for the sole purpose of whispered Conscience, and in how discovering whether I was capable of short, how contracted a space of time! performing the duties of that post,

Previous, Mr. Editor, to the con- which happened to be vacant. viction that my hours were numbered, That a proposal, at once so lucraI had occasionally amused myself by tive and respectable, was gratefully acperusing the Imperial Magazine, which cepted, my readers will naturally imaan auntof mine, who kindly came to so- gine; and the only circumstance which lace the bed of sickness, had taken in, appeared to excite a moment's hesitaand persuaded me to read. This work tion in the breast of my affectionate of yours, Sir, allow me to say, recalled parents was, that of so many hours to my recollection some of those seri- in the day, or rather evenings, being at ous and religious sentiments, which my own disposal.- To obviate as much my deceased parents had taken so as possible the evils which might arise much pains to impress upon my mind; from this emancipation from parental but which, the pleasures of the world, authority, my affectionate father acand the dissipated companions with companied me to the metropolis, under whom I associated, had for a succes- the hope of being able to persuade a cession of years totally effaced. clergyman who resided in Westmin

A few evenings back, whilst reflect- ster, to receive me into his family, and ing upon the waste of those talents treat me as his son. In compliance which a gracious Creator had bestow with my father's wishes, the worthy ed upon me for some wise or benefi- man consented, and I was immediately cent design, it occurred to me, that a domesticated in his house; and happy No. 19,-VOL. II.

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INTERESTING NARRATIVE.

case.

biographical sketch of my own his

tory, might act as a beacon to the Joy shall be in Heaven over one sinner that

repenteth, more than over ninety and nine young, and the unwise ; not only caujust persons.”—Luke xv. 7.

tioning them against the allurements of

pleasure, but against the more destrucMR. EDITOR,

tive association with those who attempt Though a sick-bed is a prolonged state to ridicule truths which are Divine!-for repentance, yet had I still been Allow me then to inform you, Sir, blest with health, I might have per- that I was the younger son of a gensevered in a course of iniquity, and tleman of good family, possessed of have summed up the catalogue of my landed property to the amount of two transgressions in a manner that would thousand per annum; but having thirhave ruined my soul, and have en- teen children, it was considered necestailed disgrace upon my posterity ! sary that all but the eldest should be

Though labouring under a disease, brought up to some profession. The which for the last two years had occa- army and navy, law, and physic, had sionally been accompanied with excru- already been the choice of my elder ciating agony, still my medical atten- brothers; and being the youngest, and dants did not appear to entertain any a favourite both with my mother and doubt of preserving my life, until my sisters, I remained at home, under within the space of a fortaight, when the care of a tutor, until I had comthe malady assumed a more serious pleted my seventeenth year. At that aspect; and perceiving by the counte- period, my godfather, who held one of nance of my doctors, all was not as the highest situations in the treasury, they wished it, I entreated that I might paid a visit to my parents, and, being candidly be told the real state of my highly pleased with my manners and

That its issue would be mortai, conversation, generously offered me an I felt persuaded; and the reply of my appointment in that department; assurgeon convinced me that myjudgment suring my father, that he had come was right. How much is to be done, into the country for the sole purpose of whispered Conscience, and in how discovering whether I was capable of short, how contracted a space of time! performing the duties of that post,

Previous, Mr. Editor, to the con- which happened to be vacant. viction that my hours were numbered, That a proposal, at once so lucraI had occasionally amused myself by tive and respectable, was gratefully acperusing the Imperial Magazine, which cepted, my readers will naturally imaan auntof mine, who kindly came to so- gine; and the only circumstance which lace the bed of sickness, had taken in, appeared to excite a moment's hesitaand persuaded me to read. This work tion in the breast of my affectionate of yours, Sir, allow me to say, recalled parents was, that of so many hours to my recollection some of those seri- in the day, or rather evenings, being at ous and religious sentiments, which my own disposal.-To obviate as much my deceased parents had taken so as possible the evils which might arise much pains to impress upon my mind; from this emancipation from parental but which, the pleasures of the world, authority, my affectionate father acand the dissipated companions with companied me to the metropolis, under whom I associated, had for a succes- the hope of being able to persuade a cession of years totally effaced. clergyman who resided in Westmin

A few evenings back, whilst reflect- ster, to receive me into his family, and ing upon the waste of those talents treat me as his son. In compliance which a gracious Creator had bestow- with my father's wishes, the worthy ed upon me for some wise or benefi- man consented, and I was immediately cent design, it occurred to me, that a domesticated in his house; and happy No. 19.-Vol. II.

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would it have been for me, if the so- ble, without hazarding, nay insuring, ciety of that amiable family had been the loss of his place; yet all that copowerful enough to attract me from vert acts could perform, or ingenuity mixing, more than was necessary, with imagine, Rainsford did, to ward off my pernicious associates,

his dishonour, I received my appointment in the Endowed by nature with an exquitreasury, at the commencement of the site portion of sensibility, when conyear Eighteen-bundred-and-iwo, when demnation was justly passed upon the disaffected had frequent meetings the Colonel, I was easily taught to confor the purpose of disseminating prin- sider him cruelly treated ; and I almost ciples of irreligion and democracy. In ventured to call Lord Ellenborough a the department to which I belonged, murderer, who maliciously deprived a was a young man of the name of Rains- fellow-creature of his life. ford, who had formerly been in the I have recently, Mr. Editor, re-perarmy, but who, from some improper used that trial, which near seventeen behaviour to a superior officer, had years ago excited such simultaneous been permitted, or rather compelled, to feelings in my mind, and scarcely now resign. Being naturally overbearing can conceive it possible, that I could and dissatisfied, Rainsford alone con- have thought Despard innocent of his sidered himself oppressed and aggriev- imputed crimes. The execution of ed; and having formed an acquaintance that unhappy man, was the only one I with Colonel Despard in some of the ever witnessed ; and never will the imWest India islands, he renewed the pression be effaced from my mind; for intimacy in London, after he had left by bribing the constables, we the service. The manners of this within arm's length of the affecting young man were at once elegant and scene ! Never to be forgotten, is the insinuating, and there was something dead silence which prevailed throughso attractingly persuasive in the tones out the vast multitude, when they disof his voice, that whatever he asserted, covered that the object of their comthough opposite to a received opinion, passion was about to speak; which he seemed to force an immediate pas- did with a composure of look, and a sage to the mind.

dignity of manner, that gave his death Éducated as I had been in the firm the appearance of a voluntary sacriprinciples of religion and loyalty, whilst fice! listening to his arguments, I could That a man in the very act of appearscarcely avoid thinking the former a ing in the presence of his Maker, cloak for iniquity, and the latter a proof should have dared to avow himself that the mind was weak; and often innocent of any crime, strikes me now have I agreed with the insidious de- with sensations of horror beyond the claimer, that an equal distribution of power of language to describe; and property was originally designed. Upon that he should have been suffered to this dangerous topic, there is no doubt appeal to the feelings of the misguided that Despard and Rainsford had many multitude then assembled, was, in my private conferences; fortunately bow- opinion, an unwarrantable stretch of ever for the latter, he was not with him clemency. on that memorable night, when a stop The impression which the speech was put to the iniquitous plans which made upon my mind, was participated had been suggested for the destruc- in by thousands ; and various schemes tion of monarchy, and the overthrow for avenging the Colonel's death were of the state.

entered into at that time: it was with Though Rainsford had too much difficulty I could prevent Rainsford sense to make an open avowal of those from avowing his rebellious sentiments, sentiments, which, if known, must in- when, whilst Despard was addressing evitably have , deprived him of his the multitude, he accidentally caught place, yet to me, who from our first ac- his eye. "Fellow Citizens,” said he, quaintance he had treated with the in a voice at once audible and digniconfidence of friendship, every thought fied, after having served my country of his heart appeared to be revealed; faithfully, honourably, and I trust useand had Despard been his father, he fully, upwards of thirty years, I am could not more severely have felt his come here, as you see, to suffer death disgrace. Openly to have avowed him- upon a scaffold, for a crime of which I self his friend, however, was impossi- am no more guilty than you,

who now

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