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ing which they display was accompanied terms, and by a billet which conby a most lovely person, with all the pro. cludes with expressing her fears portions and the graces that nature can throw into a work which she takes delight that the pleasure of being always in

that she may “ lose her patience, and in accomplishing."

nocent may not support her for ever

against the vexation of being so ofWe shall translate one of these

ten insulted.” The next letter, howletters, which appears to

ever, asks pardon

6 her poor | ficiently to announce the circum- Boulay for the cruel things which stances that produced it:

she had written to him, and for the “I told you that I have seen M. de Remy thus discovered his sensibility to her

pleasure which she feels in having a hundred times, and it is true. I did not şay that it was during my disguised resi. menaces;” and her poor Boulay, afdence at Paris; and I think I have often ter this, becomes more enamoured repeated to you that M. de Rohan and and devoted than before ! some of his friends were the only persons The marchioness had letters of whom I had seen, and that, it proofs were

introduction to Gregorio Leti at Gewanting of what I said, they might easily be adduced. But, Sir, an explanation ap: sition from the duke of Giovinazzo,

neva, who received a formal requi. parently is not what you desire; where a sincere wish for a reconciliation exists, the Spanish ambassadour at Turin, disputes are not raised on so slight a foun- to state what he knew of this disdation: afflicting things are not written to tinguished lady. His answer is cona person so unfortunate as I am: times are not chosen as you have chosen this, and veyed in four pedantick letters, full the hazard is not incurred of quarreling

of extravagant admiration; in which with the object of affection for a mere fault he compares her mouth to a pearlof memory. You, Sir, are satisfied; I enter fishery, her eyes to stars, and her into all your motives; and my pretended neck to the milky way: but one pasfalsehood [menterie] joined to the pub- sage is marked by uncommon nailicity of your journey hither, and the ne

veté. He declares that, when he cessity which I impose on you of caution in regard to my interests, are too powerful

was first dazzled by her charms, he obstacles to the continuance of our inti.

« insensibly took leave of all his books macy. Let us here break off an engage- and paper::" but she soon attracted ment, which can no longer be agreeable the notice of magistrates, counts, to you, after you have conceived so bad an marquises, and lords; who dressed opinion of me; nor to me, since you have

in all their finery to please her, and made me thus acquainted with your ca. price. Had it pleased you to prolong it for

whose gold and silver hilted swords some months, I should have had less reason were ever ascending and descending to complain of you: but without making re. her staircase;. “ till at last,” says he, proaches, from which (I solemnly protest) she thought no more of me; and I 1 expect no good consequence, I confess to

was obliged to resume my pen, and you that I placed so little reliance on my continue to write in my study the own constancy, that I have some pleasure life of the prudent Philip the finding you the first to violate our swom engagement, and to liberate yourself by a

We are in this volume unexpectcruel manæuvre of which I should have edly presented with a " notice sur thought you were incapable. I enclose to la vie” of this voluminous Gregorio; you å letter which I had written to you which imparts the consolatory conyesterday, to justify my conduct up to this viction that Paris has its book-matime. Send me nothing more hither, for I sball immediately depart. I will inform

kers as well as London. But, al. you if I stay; and, if i go, I will tell you together, this publication is curious where I shall be.”

and entertaining. Yet how can we

recommend it to our fair readers, : This artful letter is followed by since it so unanswerably proclaims, another still more acrimonious in its 16 Frailtu ! this name is woman.

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FROM THE MONTHLY REVIEW. The Sultana, or the Jealous Queen. A Tragedy by William Gardiner. Evo. 2s. 6d.

Mr. Gardiner's powers in the Eugenia.--Good Jew, make no delay. pathetick may be judged from the Jew..-Can you with fortitude hear news? following short scene, in which a

Eugenia.-Mine ears have been so ac.

custom'd to misery, female slave having fainted from ters

That a tale told in thunder would not a. rour at the threats of the dey of Al.

larm them. giers, a doctor is called in:

Jew. But mine are cheerful tidings; and

joy “ Enter Eunuch and Jew Doctor.. Will burst the heart's weak strings as fast “ Jezume I was coming to the Haram; Eugenia.Insult not affliction with im. what's the matter !

posture. I am sure this is captain Hawkins' daugh. Alas! what joy is left this wounded heart ! ter. (Aside)

A prisoner to a barbarous tyrant, Fatima. Only our master and young And for ever sever'd from my friends and miss here

father! Have been having a game of romps.

Jew. You have a friend nearer you than Jew. I think the play has been a little

you expect. too rough. (Holding a bottle of salts Your father is in Algiers, and lodges in to her nose.)

my house! Fatima.--Doctor! you know the Turk

Eugeniamr Delirious )-My father! O ish law esteems

God! My father did you say? Woman as a freehold, and possession Drive out that turban'd monster from

my makes them

sight: Tenants for life. However, our master Here point the dagger-Eugenia's breast Has been foil'd for once.

is open! Jew..Thank God!-- Aside) The co Old woman, take away these treach'rous lour is come to her lips,

jewels; And she breaths quick.

(Throwing them away) I'll beg you to retire, and leave her to my I'll wear the bunch of flowers my father

*skill.. (To Fátima and Eunuch.) Gave to me at Naples. Eugenia opens her eyes and screams, see Jew.What have I done? Poor, poor ing the doctor

young lady! Jew.--Hush, Sultaną ! 'tis the doctor O cruel power! to torture so much inno.

and your friend. Eugenia- Rising)-Villain ! fell 'ser. Her father will die with grief- Gives her pent hisses are softer to mine ears

a draught") Than those vile sounds. Jew. She has an amazing spirit, no

In the perusal of such animated wonder She frightend the dey-Aside Mise

scenes as these, no wonder if the Hawkins !

reader should exclaim in the words Eugenia. (Wildly) - Miss Hawkins, of the author

did you say? Tell me, good Mussulman, where you “ Can I refuse these tears learnt that name.

no if death closed up Jew,- I am no Mussulman, but a friend. These watery sockets, they would burst ly Jew:

o'er And, by degrees, will inform you how I Till my full heart were empty." Learnt your name,


FROM THE MONTHLY REVIEW. Vie Privée, Politique, &c. i. e. The Private, Political, and Military Life of Prince

Henry of Prussia, Brother of Frederick II. 8vo. pp. 351. Paris. 1809. PRINCE Henry, of Prussia, must ranked among the number of those undoubtedly be classed among the whose memory ought always to be greatest men whom the last century dear, because their lives were ho. Was produced; and he may justly be nourable, to mankind. As a warriour,

he has universally been considered Henry of Prussia, with which we are to deserve, at least, the second now to make our readers acquainted, place in the history of his time; possesses the merit of a simple, and as a man, he certainly excelled though animated style, and of a lucid, the rival of his military fame. His unaffected arrangement of facts. life furnishes, therefore, a rich fund The anonymous author also deserves of materials for an instructive and a credit for his evident desire of tellpleasing history. Instructive, because ing his story without partiality; and it throws some light on a most the great moderation which he preeventful part of the last century, serves on political subjects, keeps with which the future historian will his pages unstained by expressions intimately connect the changes which of haughty contempt or of strong render the close of that century and invective against those who have the commencement of the present, been obliged to submit to the will of so memorable and pleasing, be a foreign conqueror. To a place cause it is always highly gratifying among biographies of the higher to contemplate elevated stations in class, however, this production has society, when occupied by persons no claim; it manifests no great skill of corresponding qualities of mind in the art of estimating the real vaand heart. The biographer has, in lue of the conduct of man; and it such a case, no very difficult task to betrays too great a facility in passing perform; fidelity and simplicity, in over those parts of it which, though his account, will be sufficient to se. not the most striking in the eyes of cure the reader's attention: but, if he the world at large, are yet truly chawill deserve to excite gratitude as racteristick, and very important to well as approbation, he must endea- the attentive observer of human navour to lay open to view the leading ture. We would not be too strict in our principles, or main springs of action, demands on the morals of princes, in such great characters, and not and would make every allowance conceal the faults and weaknesses which the disadvantages of their siwhich are intimately connected with tuation, in this respect, can claim: every distinguished quality.

but, before we decide on bestowing We do not think that the French, praise or blame, we cannot help inin general, possess this comprehen- quiring for certain qualities, even in sive and philosophical conception of royal personages, which often recharacter; and it has often appeared main unnoticed by their friends, as to us that even some of their best if the possession of them could not writers skim lightly over the surface, add to their merit, nor the want of satisfied with the motive which is them derogate from their virtues. most plausible at first sight. On the Praise in general terms, however, is other hand, their style of writing is so cheaply acquired by princes, when peculiarly adapted to this kind of the question refers to private virtue, composition, and imparts, to their that it has lost its effect; and, rendelineations of persons, an animation dered distrustful by experience, we which we have often sought in vain entertain, perhaps unjustly, some in similar productions of our own suspicion, whenever a biographer country. It must also be added, that contents himself with such comprethey have not, as far as we have been hensive epithets of approbation. We able to inform ourselves, yet adopted regret so much the more that this is the method of swelling biographical the case in the present memoirs, accounts by a long series of letters, because several circumstances in the Inany of which have but little or no history of the prince of Prussia have connexion with the fate or character a tendency to sanction such doubts. of the subject of the memoirs. The retired petty court of Rheins

The account of the life of prince berg may certainly have been as

much the scene of dissipation and his father, and in his sixteenth year corruption, of some kind, as the he made his first campaign, as a more splendid court of Potsdam; and colonel, under field marshal Schwemany persons, at least in this coun rin. After having given proofs of try, will be ready to suppose that the talents and of valour in the two adoption of French customs and Silesian wars, he carefully employmanners, the introduction of a Frenched the period of peace between 1745 theatre, and the metamorphosis of and 1752 in supplying the defects domesticks into actors or musicians, of his earlier education; not only by neither bespoke nor contributed to studying the theory of war, but purity of morals. We would, never- enlarging the sphere of his mind by theless, rather warn against, than general information: without which, encourage such hasty inferences, he must have easily perceived, he which are but too common, and rest could not creditably occupy a place frequently on a want of sufficient at a court which was then the knowledge of the circumstances. theatre of genius and polite litera

The works of Frederick II. and ture. Respecting the success of his the various histories of his campaigns exertions, his biographer remarks: that have been published in French, have furnished the materials for the "It may be said that prince Henry was. first part of these memoirs; but the born with all those qualities, which others author does not inform us whence seldom acquire even after laborious and he derived the rest, except that he painful efforts. Gifted with an ardent

imagination, with a mind the most correct hints once or twice at a personal and particularly addicted to reflection and knowledge of the prince, and men calculation, with a firmness of temper altions an unpublished correspondence ways disposed also towards good, with a of that personage, with several men prodigious memory, and with dispositions of distinction in France, during the equally happy, his progress could not fai first period of the revolution, which

of being rapid; and in fact, within a few

years, he acquired such universal know. fell into his hands.

ledge, that he would have been able to We will now proceed to introduce support a thesis on any subject. His our readers to a nearer acquaintance curiosity, or rather that avidity for inwith the subject of this work.

struction which is the food of great minds, Frederick Henry Louis, common.

extended itself equally to the ornamental

and the useful arts; and in the midst of the ly known by the name of prince attention which he bestowed on all that Henry of Prussia, was born January could nourish and strengthen his intellect, 18, 1726. Little is here said con. he found time for acquiring the arts of cerning the earlier years of his life musick and painting." and his education, probably because but little is known and still less is In 1752, our hero married worth recording. Under the eyes of princess of Hesse Cassel, and rea father who was himself devoid of ceived from the king the small science and refinement, and despised principality and castle of Rheinsberg. what he did not posses or even know; Among the military exercises by prince Henry: (his favourite) was which prince Henry prepared himearly trained to military habits: self, during the calm of peace, for which, while they impeded his his future career, was what his mental improvement, preserved him biographer calls a war of pens befrom the corrupting insinuations of tween him and his elder brother flatterers, and the dangerous inter- Ferdinand. Supposing a war to exist course with idle caterers of effemi- between Prussia and her neighbours, nate amusements; since, under the they undertook the command of the , first three kings of Prussia, the respective armies on paper; and, by military life was not a life of idle. regularly exchanging two letters in ness. At the age of fifteen, he lost a week, they informed each other of


the movements which they had edly far above the king in the chosen to make: adding to these gentle and amiable traits of characletters the necessary plans of their ter, which so highly adorn the hero. marches, camps, sieges, and other The humane conduct of a hostile operations. This military pastime, army, but particularly that of the whatever may have been its imme- commander, very soon gains the diate advantages, proves at least that hearts of a people, and receives their the celebrity, to which these princes willing tribute of gratitude and ready attained as warriours, was in a great submission to unavoidable burdens degree the fruit of their early and we have ourselves heard, but a few assiduous attention to the military years ago, the praise of prince Henry science. They were, however, soon repeated in the country in which he called from imaginary to real fields had long resided as an enemy; and of combat; and the seven years' war these praises, which have descended gave full scope to the natural talents from father to son, have contribuand acquired abilities of prince ted to cherish among them a resHenry. Those events of that contest pect for the Prussian name. in which he had a share are related After a review of the events of in the work before us, with great the seven years' war, we find the clearness; and, as many readers will following parallel drawn between probably think, with too much mi- the two brothers; in which perhaps nuteness: but the praise bestowed on some allowance must be made for the prince is perfectly sanctioned by a little partiality, from the considerathe united voice of military men, tion that it is particularly prince who have expressed their opinion Henry in whom the author wishes on his conduct. In the art of defen, his readers to feel an interest: sive warfare, the author considers him as equal to Turenne and Wil throwing over every object the fire of an

“ Frederick, active, bold and impetuous, liam III. and his defence of Saxony ardent and restless imagination, was dis. in 1758 is termed “ a career in posed to put all things to hazard, rested which every step affords a lesson the fate of his dominions on that of and every example supplies a battle, and seemed desirous of always promodel.”

voking the destinies of fortune. Henry, Prudence and vigour are qualities less lively without ever being dull, characseldom united in a due proportion teristically wise and moderate, and at the in one person; and the cooperation principle, submitted every thing to calcula. of different individuals, respectively tion, and expected nothing from fortune, gifted with them in a superiour de- yet always enchained her in his plans. The gree, has more frequently secured one seemed to act by sudden illuminations, success in every kind of warfare. and to be guided by the influence of genius: The impetuosity of Frederick II. flection, and all his steps left traces of the

the other never stirred but after deep re. was often wisely corrected by the

most correct judgment and views. The cooler calculations and more careful former astonished and disconcerted his movements of his brother; but we enemy, but often also roused and reania may also justly conclude, though mated him; the latter always lulled, weariothe present author would probably ed, and deceived him. Both by the won. not agree with us, that prince talents surmounted the greatest dangers,

derful resources of their courage and their, Henry was more useful as second and could equally profit even by the fickle. in command, than he would have

ness of fortune: with this difference, that been as the first; and it appears to Frederick defied danger and precipitated us, beyond a doubt, that, under the himself into it, often without being aware circumstances in which at that tiine how he should get out of it; and that Hen. Prussia was placed, Frederick was

ry calculated it without fearing it, and a. the fitter and the greater general. aged so well that he always escaped from

voided it without running from it, and manThe prince, however, rose undoubt it. Thus it has been seen that the one,

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