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landing-place, the cord was loosed, PERILS OF BENEVOLENCE.

and my boat was pushed with a pole

to the shore, where a person met (From Mr. Howard's Account of the Eu

me, who said he had been ordered ropean Lazarettos, just published.]

by the magistrates to be my guard. FTER visiting the lazarettos Soon after unloading the boat, the

now described *, I failed to sub-prior came and shewed me my Smyrua, and from thence to Con- lodging, which was a very dirty ftantinople. Here I had once in-room, full of vermin, and without tended to travel by land to Vienna. table, chair, or bed. That day and This is a journey capable of being the next morning I employed a per: easily performed in twenty-four son to wash my room : bút this did, days, no quarantine being required not remove the offensiveness of it, to be performed at Semlin, the or prevent that constant head-ach place on the confines of the Em- which I had been used to feel in peror's Hungarian dominions, where visiting other lazarettos, and some formerly travellers used to be de- of the hospitals in Turkey. This tained for this purpose. But on lazaretto is chiefly aligned to Turks farther confideration I determined and soldiers, and the crews of those to seek an opportunity of perform- fhips which have the plague on ing quarantine myself; and with board. In one of the enclosures this view to submit to the incon- was the crew of a Ragusian ship, veniences of a lea-voyage to Venice, which had arrived a few days bethe place where lazarettos were first fore me, after being driven from establifhed. And, in order to obtain Ancona and Tricfte. My guard the best information by performing sent a report of my health to the the Atricteft quarantine, I farther de ofice, and on the representation of termined to return to Smyrna, and our consu!, I was conducted to the there to take my passage in a fhip old lazaretto, which is nearer the with a foul bill. Contrary winds city. Having brought a letter to and other causes made this a tedious the prior from the Venetian amand dangerous voyage, and it was ballador at Constantinople, I hoped fixty days from the time of leaving now

to have had a comfortable Smyrna before I arrived at Venice. lodging. But I was not so happy.

Here, after our ship had been The apartment appointed me (conconducted by a pilot-boat to her filing of an upper and lower room) proper moorings, a messenger came was no less disagreeable and offensive from the health-office for the cap- than the former. I preferred lying tain, and I went with him in his in the lower room on a brick floor, boat to see the manner in which where I was alınost surrounded with his report was made, his letters de water. After six days, however, the livered, and his examination con- prior removed me to an apartment ducted. The following morning a in forne refpects better, and confittmessenger came in a gondola to con- ing of four rooms. Here I had a duct me to the new lazaretto. I pleafant view ; but the rooms were was placed, with my baggage, in a without furniture, very dirty, and boat fastened by a cord ten feet long no less offensive than the sick wards to another boat, in which were fix of the worst hofpital. The walls of rowers.

When I came near the my chamber, not having been cleaned * Those of Genoa and Varignano, near

probably for half a century, were the port of Spezia; Leghorn, Naples, Malta, faturated with infection. I got them Lante, Corfu, and Caltel-Novo.

waflied repeatedly with boiling water, R I 2

to

to remove the offensive smell, but solicited, and while he was present, without any effect. My appetite a place for the youth in the service failed, and I concluded I was in of her husband, danger of the flow hofpital fever, The young favourite, well-formed I proposed white-washing my room and handsomne, often vilited the G**, with lime facked in boiling water, D***. Invited to her palace, feafted, but was opposed by strong prejudices, distinguished, and continually receis. I got, however, this done one morn- ing new favours, he fell in love; of ing, through the assistance of the which the G**.D*** was informed British consul, who was so good as by his extreme confufion, One grand to supply me with a quarter of a court-day, at a masked ball, in the bushel of fresh lime for the purpose. evening, she had him conducted by And the consequence was, that my one of her women into an obscure room was immediately rendered to apartment, and sufficiently ditrans sweet and fresh, that I was able to from those where the court was heid. drink tea in it in the afternoon, and in a little time the conductress quiito lie in it the following night. On ted him, and advised him to wait; the next day the walls were dry as and the G**.D*** arrived in a well as sweet, and in a few days I black domino. She removed her recovered my appetite. Thus, at a malk, took the youth by the hand, small expence, and to the admiration led him to a sopha, and made him of the other inhabitants of this laza- fit down by her side. The G**, zetto, I provided for myself and suc. D*** then told him this was the cessors, an agreeable and wholesome moment for him to chule, between room, instead of a nasty and con. the service of France and the service tagious one,

of Russia. A certain time however

was allowed him, to come to a de: ANECDOTE

cision. Coquetry and even caresses

fucceeded. Wavering, taken by suro OF A GREAT PERSONAGE IN

prize, distracted between love and [From Mirabeau's Secret History of the fear, the youth behaved with er: Court of Berlin, just published.)

ceffive aukwardness, at the beginning

of the interview. The G**D*** T present, and till I* hear however encouraged him, inspired

other news relative to Ber- him with audacity, and made him. lin, accept the following important every advance, till at length he vas: anecdote ; and which I think it quished his timidity, and indeed beneceffary to send, in the now doubt

came very daring. ful state of the health of the Em

To this scene of transports, adiera press of Rullia. About fix years suddenly succeeded, which partook ago a young foreigner, and a gen: as much of terror, and of despotila, tleman, in the service of France, as of love. The G**.D*** COM. was presented to the G**-D*** by a lady who had been educated tender but the most absolute tone,

manded the youth, in the mon with her, and who has remained to inform the Grand Duke char be her intimate friend. It was the in- could not accept the rank of captain

, tention of this young gentleman to which was intended to be given bin. enter into the Russian service: he-She added that he mult depart

, was presented to the Grand Duke, instantly depart; and that his hes by the G**.D***, who warmly must answer, should the leaft circuit* The Letter-writer. Itance tranfpire. She at the fame

RUSSIA.

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time prested him to demand some mark of remembrance. The terrie fied youth, confused and trembling,

COMPLAISANCE. requested a black ribband, which IT is well known that Madame de

the took from her domino. He re. Guercheville was extremely beauti. :ceived the pledge, and so totally lost ful, that Henry IV. was in love

all recollection, that he left the ball, with her, that she resisted his paffion

and quicred Petersburgh, without a long time, and that the king conE contriving any means of correspond- ceived so much esteem for her, that

ence, arrangements for the future, he appointed her a lady of the bed. or precautions of any kind, in favour chamber to the queen, telling her,

of his fortune. In a few days he left that had he known a more virtuous , Ruffia, travelling day and night, and woman in his kingdom, he would did not write to the Grand Dake till have given her the preference. he had passed the frontiers. He re The Abbé de Choisy relates a circeived a very gracious answer; and cumstance in the life of this lady, here the affair ended.

hitherto unknown. Henry IV. This person is returned to, and knowing that Madame de Gueris now in, the service of France. cheville was at Roche-Guyon, reHe bas little firmness, but does not solved to pay her a visit, and fent want understanding,

a gentleman to acquaint her, that having been on a hunting party in

the neighbourhood, he requested ANECDOTES.

leave to Tup with her, and to fleep [From Essais dans le Gout de ceux de in her caitle. The lady replied,

Michel Montaigne, lately published at with great respect, that she would
Brussels. ]

do her best to receive the king in a

manner suitable to his rank and POLICY.

dignity. The monarch, enchanted OUR days before the death of with this answer, repaired to the

the Cardinal d'Amboise, Louis castle, where he found Madame de XII. having paid him a visit, he burst Guercheville at the bottom of the into tears, and made a general and staircase, full dressed and ready to ministerial confession to the monarch. receive him. She conducted him He acknowledged, that he left con- with much ceremony into the best fiderable riches, in the acquilition apartinent; and as he passed along, of which he had many things to he observed in the kitchen every reproach himself with. He main preparation for a magnificent suptained that he had taken nothing per. The lady informed him, that from his majesty's subjects ; but he as soon as he had enjoyed a little told him, that he had for a long time repose, it would be served up, received a penfion of fifty thousand When the supper was ready, and ducats from different princes and re- the king about to sit down to table, publics of Italy, thirty thousand of he learned that Madame de Guerwhich were from the Florentines cheville had ordered hercarriage, and alone. He had, besides, got con- departed from the castle. Surprised liderable presents, and amassed large and much vexed at this information, fums. He begged the king, there he sent to enquire the reason; upon fore, to permit him to dispose of all which the fent back this answer, that he potreffed; and the good king That a king ought always to be granted him more than he asked. matter wherever he was; and that,

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as for her part, the wished to enjoy His majesty piqued himself upon freedom wherever she might be. keeping his word, and on this ac

count he feldom entered into any III.

engagements. INGRATITUDE. GREGORY XIII. was princi. be mentioned the adventure of a ce

Among many other instances, may pally indebted for his elevation to lebrated woman of rank, whose husthe pontifical chair to Cardinal band having been about a year absent Borromeo, who gave him his own with the army, finding herself big vote, and procured that of his with child, and fearing that her hul. friends, merely because he thought band would arrive before she could he observed in his character a great be delivered, when no other expe. deal of disinterestedness; but as soon dient could be thought of, the beg. as this pope was installed, he applied ged a secret audience of the king, himself to enrich his family, at the for an affair of the utmost importexpence of the patrimony of St. ance. Having obtained it, the laid Peter, which obliged Cardinal Bor. open her case to his majesty, who romeo to say to him one day, having advised her to profit by her Holy Father, had I known that

distress, and to live more prudently you would have behaved in this for the future, promised to detaia manner, you should have had nei; her husband in the camp, under ther my vote nor that of my friends."

pretence that his service was ne “What,” said the pope,

did

cessary, and so long that he could not the Holy Ghost know it?"

have no suspicion of the reason.

The same day he gave orders to ANECDOTES

Louvois not to suffer him to be absent, even one day during the whole win.

ter, from the post which had been L: OUIS XIV. without having assigned him. The officer, who was good voice, or just ear,

a man of distinction, and who had used

neither requested nor wished to be to fing those parts of the prologues employed all winter, and Louvois

, to operas, which were written in who little expected such an order, praise of himself. He was often obferved to delight in this; and even necessary to obey the king's letter

,

were equally surprised; but it was at his public suppers, at which he and even without aking the reason. had sometimes violins, he hummed The king told this story leveral years the same paffages when the musicians after, when perfectly sure that it played the airs which corresponded could not do any hurt to the with the words.

parties concerned, LOUIS XIV. took great pains

III. to be informed of every thing that passed in public places, and in the LOUIS XIV. one day said to houses of individuals, and to be ac- the Duke of Schomberg, “ Had it quainted with the secrets and con not been for your religion, you nection of families. He had spies would have been long since a Mar. of all kinds without number. Some shal of France.” “Sire,” replied of these people were admitted to his the duke, “fince your majesty thinks closet by a private staircase, and me worthy of that rank, I am fatishad secret audiences.

fied; I aimed at nothing more."

THE

OF LOUIS XIV.

1.

II.

they will eat first?"-" Those who THE FATE OF GALLANTRY.

are gluttons,” replied the historian,

“ will undoubtedly fall foul of me ; IN

N 1687, a young gentleman but the epicures will attack your

named Maseppa, a native of the ladyship.” palatinate of Podolia, and who had been a page of the King of Poland,

HISTORICAL ANECDOTE. was conducted to fortune by the following fingular circumstance. As

[Sent by our Young Correspondent.] he was remarkably handsome, and had a great turn for gallantry, fome T Hielony blemifa that hiftoamorous intrigues, which he had of Athelstane, is the supposed murcarried on with a lady of his own der of his brother Edwin. This nation, drew upon him the displeasure of a great lord, who made him youth was distinguished for his virbe tied to the back of an untamed before his brother, a false report

tues; and, having died some years horse, and then abandoned him to his fate. The horse having been

was spread of his being wrongfully brought from the Ukraine, Carried put to death by him. The bufia this unhappy youth thither, quite the most obscure in the story of

ness of Edwin's death is a point disfigured with blood ;, but some this king; and, to say the truth, Cossacks, moved with pity, untied him, took care of him, and restored hath written clearly, or with due

not one even of our best historians him to life. Mafeppa Mhewed the

The fact, utmost gratitude to his benefactors; attention, concerning it. and having distinguislied himself on king, suspecting his younger brother

as commonly received, is this : The many occasions, both by his courage Edwin, of designing to deprive him and good conduct, the Coffacks, on of his crown, caused him, notwiththe deposition of their chief, ap. standing his protestations of innopointed him to command them in

cency, to be put on board a leaky that quality in the Ukraine.

fhip, with his armour-bearer and

page. The young prince, unable ANECDOTE

to bear the severity of the weather, and want of food, desperately drowned himself.

Some time after, the king's cupHE lady was partial to the bearer, who had been the chief fopher was partial to the lady. They pened, as he was serving the king once crossed the Firth from King- at table, to trip with one foot, but horn to Leith together, when a recovering himself with the other, violent storm rendered the passen. “ See,” said he pleasantly, “ how gers apprehensive of a salt water brothers afford each other help!" death; and her ladyship’s terror which striking the king with the induced her to seek confolation from remembrance of ivhat himself had her friend, who with infinite sang done, in taking of Edwin, who froid, assured her, “ he thought might have helped him in his there was great probability of their wars, caused that business to be becoming food for fishes !"_" And

more thoroughly examined ; and pray, my dear friend,” said Lady finding his brother had been falsely Wallace, which do you think accused, caused his cup-bearer to be

put

LADY

OF DAVID HUME AND

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