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HYMENA IN SEARCH OF A HUSBAND.
(Continued from Vol. VII. First Series, page 217.]
* The Doctor, as I have said, my dear 1 others.--I have told her 90,- I have told Hymenæa,” continued my aunt,
Edward so.' panied Edward into the coach which car. “ The Doctor shuddered at this a vowal. ried him to his patron. What was the Young man,' said he, sternly, “are you subject of their conversation can only be not aware that you are not the master of conjectured by the event which you will your own life,-that you are not its author, learn in the sequel. Suffire it to say at and must not be its terminator. That present, that he returned home pensive you have received your being from Provi. and not apparently well pleased. Edward, dence, as a player is put down by the manain a few days, left the country for Peters- ger for his part in a play ;-that you have burgh, and Clarissa i eturned bomc. to per form the part assigned you, and have
“In a few days afterwards, Sir William to expect reward or punishment as you go returned to the house of his guardian, and through it well or ill. We are all on the very naturally enquired for Clarissa, who stage of life, as the scene of the trial and was still absent, and indeed seemed in no the exercise of our virtues. To throw up haste to returi).
our parts, to reject our life, is to fly in the “Why do you continue to love this girl,' || face of the author of our being, to return said the worthy Doctor. “You see that him in defiance the opportunity he has she is determined against you,-unalter- given us of earning our immortality, and ably determined-
to insult bis wisdom by refusing to undergo “I can see no such thing, Sir,' returned the trials and sufferings to which he may the young lover ; 'if I could once see that, think suitable to expose us. There is no and intelligibly understand it, my resolu- thing, my boy, in this world happens by tion would be taken in a moment.'
chance. It is the wind, perhaps, blows « What resolution ?' said the Doctor, | down the tree, but it is the sufferance of cagerly. •Suppose, my dear boy, I could God, that the devoted passenger is passing give you proof positive, that you can have under it at the moment. Chance is but no hopes of Clarissa.-What would then the secondary instrument in the hands of be your purpose?'
the Almighty. He accomplishes every • My dear Sir,' replied the young man,thing by the readiest meaits; and, not unmy respect for you, and gratitude for the frequently, so shapes the end with these care with which you have superintended means ; so frames the execution according my education, make me unwilling to pain to the wheels which are already at work to you by the avowal of my purpose.' produce it, that the elect, when it does
“ You will infinitely oblige me, my happen, seems rather the natural issue of young friend,' said the Doctor, if you will | events, than of previous design or ordiconceal nothing from me, and I, on my || nance. But ifthere be a truth in nature, it part, will conceal nothing from you.' is this,-that those who put themselves
“ Your desires, my dear Sir, are com. | under the superintendance of God, who mands. Think me mad then, think me call for this superintendance, and who any thing but ungrateful to you, or un- have it, these persons, I say, have nothing mindful of your cares, when I acknow-to fear from chance. Those abandoned by ledge, that I could not support life after Heaven are rendered the sport of fortune, the conviction that Clarissa was to be an- "and in every respect the children of the
world. They rise or they fall,- they prosthus with Sir William His mistiess was per or they fail, according to the agency of ever present to his facx.--Every object worldly causes, and the natural course of but recalled her to his mind. worldly affairs. They are left entirely to “ In a few days Clairssa returned to her themselves, and worldly prosperity is of so uncle's. At first she was pensive, sought little weight or estimation in the eyes of solitude, and was peevish at interrup:ion. the Almighty author of our being, that This gradually wore off, and she seemed, this course of events is seldom interrupted. at least to external observation, to return to The wicked are thus permitted to fourish, herself. Sir Wiliam, however, jealously and, having sown in the world, to reap of the observed all her motions, and thence en. world. But with the virtuous, with those || deavoured to collect her thoughts and the who live under the eye of Providence, state of ber mind. Clarissa was always things are very different;-God then takes eager for the arrival of the post. The the affairs of the world, as far as concerns unexpected mention of the naine of Edthem into his own hands, and administers ward produced an evident commotion in them, as secondary causes, to produce his her whole fiane. She would start froin purposes ; sometimes as an instrument of her seat whenever it came upo! her by correction, and sometimes to cherish and surprize. The arrival of a letter would to encourage them.-Hence it follows that throw her into a flutter and evident palpithe most prosperous are sometimes the tation, which would be succeeded by a abandoned of Heaven, whilst the afflicted conscious confusion, when she found that are as frequently its favourites. Prosperity, it was not from Edward. Sir William did as the natural issue of worldly causes, falls ! not, indeed, see all of this, but he saw sometimes indifferently on the virtuous enough to render bim jealous, and thereby and the wicked.- Prosperity likewise, as to confirm and exasperate his love. the peculiar benefaction of Heaven, is the “ In a few days, however, a packet ar. instrument in the hands of God to reward rived which, izpon opening, was discovered and encourage virtue, and to harden and to be fiom Edward. It was dated from confirm (and thereby testify his justice) the Petersburgh. The letter was addressed to completely wicked.'
the whole family, but on opening it, the “ All this is true, very true, my dearest | Doctor found a small envellope, which lie Sir,' said the young man;' but
immediately put into the hands of Clarissa. “ Their conversation was here interrupt. My dear, this is addressed to you. I suped by the arrival of a visitor; the Doctor pose, however, it contains no secret.' sent Sir William to receive him, and con. “ I will make it a secret, however,' said tinued himself his walk in the garden. she, taking the letter, 'in order that your
“ How perverse is human nature,' said curiosity may be sharpened, and that you the excellent man, meditating to himself. may think me of importance.'-Saying this, 'flow strong and uncontroulable are human she consigned the letier to her pocket. passions. Yet not controulable, if the will book, indiferent as to the angry looks of te duly exercised, and operated upon by Sir William. The Doctor now began the the judgment. This young man must be perusal of the packet addressed to all of taken care of. I see that Edward and Cla-them in common. rissa understood bis nature and violence of disposition better than myself.'
“MY DEAR FRIENDS, " Things continued in this manner for
“ St. Peterslurgh, February, 1809. some days longer, till the return of Cla. My patron and myself have at lengtlı sissa. Sir William, during her absence, arrived at Petersburgh; and I am now seatonly cherished still more the violence of ed in a chamber impervious to the outward his passion. Solitude is as dangerous to the air, with double windows, double doors; lover as to the poet. All the passions, con. all these precautions are necessary in this nected with the imagination, are fostered | dreadful climate. The intevsity of the cold by solitude. They plume their wings, and is so excessive, that exposure to the extergather a new strength of pinion. It was nal air in the nianner of Europeans, would
be certain and instant death. Winter liere, future letters shall enter into more parindeed, holds his icy reign. The clouds ticulars. above, however, are still feccy and trans “ The Emperor Alexander, as you may parent, and so far a winter in the extremes perhaps have learned elsewhere, is a of the North has the advantage of an Eng- Prince of a very amiable deameanour; lish winter. In Eugland, you have every but, between friends, he is not very revariety of horrors.-In Russia the winter markable for his abilities. He precipitated months are free from fogs and rain, and if himself into war, contrary to the advice of you are but carefully invested in bear-skins his wisest councellors, and he precipitated and flui-tippets, you may live much more hiinselfout of it, and ran into the contrary comfortably than in England.
extreine, with equal folly, and equal blind“ I never was presented at the English ness to the true interests of his country. Court, and therefore have no idea of what His internal administration, however, is so may be its degree of magnificence. But 1 mild, that his subjects accept his modera have already attended the Earl to the lion in lieu of his more brilliant qualities. Court of the Emperor Alexander, and
“ The Court, however, and in a degree therefore have it in my power to say, that the Kingdom, is governed by the mistress, the magnificence of it exceeded whatever the Princess N--. It is a very false notion, I had conceived in imagination. Foreign | however, that this Princess is bribed over Courts, as I am informed, are conducted to the French party.-She certainly has with more ceremony and imposing spec- connected herself with that party, but the tacle than that of England, and the degree reason and the motive are, because the of humilation to be seen in a Russian Court,|| Empress Queen has embraced the oppo. would certainly not suit a land of freemen. site party. When one party, therefore, This, however, is dispensed with in the takes one side, be the subject matter ever person of the Ambassador and his su so indifferent, is it a rule in Courts, that The rule in this respect is, to require the the opposite party should take the other same homage which the Ambassador side. You see enough of this I should think is accustomed to give to his own Sovereign. in England, to require no further expla
“I have now but a passing opportunity | nation as to its existence in Russia." to inform you of my arrival, but in my
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FROM MULEY CID SADI, ONE OF THE SECRETARIES TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE PERSIAR
AMBASSADOR IN LONDON, TO OSMAN CALI BEG HIS FRIEND IN ISPAHAN.
At length, thou staff of my youth, || the manners and country of these dogs of and son of my riper age, Osman Cali Beg, | the earth, -of these Infidels. depositary of the secret purposes of our You have been accustomed to resolve all mighty Sovereign, whom may Alab pre- || my religious doubts. Answer me, O friend serve; at length, friend of my lieart, we of my soul! whence is it that Alah bas allowhave arrived in the land of the Infidels, anded, and cortinues to allow, this race of Infi. I ain now writing to you from a caravan dels to possess such wealth, such magnifisera in their chief town, called London.- | cence, and such a never-ceasing tide of I will now fulfil, to the utmost of my power, worldly prosperity ?-Whence is it, that what I engaged to perform on my depar- | those can prosper who have no faith in ture from Ispaban; and you may expect Mahomet ?-Whence is it, that those are from the pen and pencil of your friend a permitted even to breathe the air of heaven, skeich, if not a complete portrait of who know nothing of Fatima, and whe
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