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All these shall sink, and the film of your departing soul shall overshadow the delusion in the agony of your dissolution. The funeral knell is about to be tolled; the ties of this world are about to be dissolved, and they whom most you love shall shriek upon your mangled corpse, and all this for the orphan's wrong. I raised the weapon high above me, and looked upon the victim, and grinned with demoniacal delight. Now hath arrived the moment long desired and ardently petitioned for in my impious prayers to the Almighty. The parent dies with the child upon his bosom. Oh! this is deep, deadly, revenge! he dies with all he most loves, fondly, and in delusion safely grasped around him. The instrument of death was about to descend, the deed was on the eve of accomplishment, when the poor cherub, in its sympathy for its parent's safety, seemed to elasp him more firmly; it raised one of its little arms to the neck of its father, and drew an infant sigh. An infant's sigh! In that moment my arm was powerless ; I was unnerved; I rushed from the room, burst into an overwhelming flood of tears, and the light of dawn found me wretched, weak, and almost paralysed in frame, on the margin of the lake of
I awoke as from a deep sleep, with the horrible recollection of the nightly incident as a dream, awfully impressed on my mind. My heart was bursting; my weak body was chilled by the night air, and I had no home, no one to love and to protect me with kindness, I had no friend in the wide world; those whom I formerly possessed have died or deserted me; my family, once honourable and numerous, are now no more, the ties that bound them are all dissolved, the glory of their deeds are now almost forgotten, I am the last of those who have been benefactors to their country; and what am I? Alas! to think that I am a poor maniac, subsisting upon the bounty of others, the slightest return of reason bringing with it the unhappy consciousness of misery, more dreadful than imagination can
I have yet much to learn, though experience hath bitterly taught me how futile are the aspirations of youth; but the dissolution of this world's charms may have been a gain to my soul, “I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.”
There is but one refuge left me whither I can flee : the mountain-roe seeketh not the glade; the wounded bird forsakes its mate; and the broken heart hath but one resting place.
Again, with the freshness and energetic spirit of youth, we shift the scene of life, to dissolve the forebodings of an anxious mind, and recall the bright characters of pleasure, which, as by the magic wand of an Ariel, are summoned by the elasticity of genius, or created by the delusive vision of hope. Think of love and beauty; of the union of gentleness and purity; of affection, rekindled by the memory of her whose every word imparts
delight, and whose expression beams as a star in the still hour of night; the world, the whole world excluded from the idea, in fondly contemplating the one object whose light is life. Let the kind reader participate in these my feelings, and he will perceive by what transition of mind the grave tenor of the foregoing pages so suddenly hath yielded to the gay impulses of the heart; by what power unseen, yet ever so predominant and prevailing in almost every action of life, by the exuberance of devotion, we are led on to joyous ecstacy. In thus expressing myself, I have, contrasted my own feelings with those of the reader of the “ Maniac Maid,” for I again possess the presence and society of her whom I have designated “my beloved Emily.”
By the late EDWARD WILLIAMS.
The wrinkled miser loves to dwell
To Care consigns his narrow soul;
Whilst others quaff the mantling bowl;
I seek nor wealth, nor youthful play,
But, on my native plains, alone,
To all the busy world unknown;
quit the crowd, fly far from hateful noise,
Secluded thus, in calm content,
I tuneful numbers lead along,
Be thou my theme of raptur'd song!
WELSH MEMBERS DURING THE COMMONWEALTH.
GENTLEMEN, As your valuable publication has already made known some of my communications, I shall feel obliged (should you think it worthy of a place,) by the publication of the accompanying list of the members who served in Parliament, for the Principality, during the early part of Cromwell's usurpation. It is copied from Oldfield's Representative History, and headed thus :
“ Equal Representation of the People in the Time of the Commonwealth."
This Parliament appears to have begun at Westminster, Sep. tember 3, 1654, and lasted until the 23d of January, 1655. The rotten boroughs were excluded from sending representatives ; the two members sat for the county, excepting, as is now the case, (and I will venture to add, very improperly so,) Merionethshire only sends one. Why the maritime interests of that county, which has greatly increased and improved, is so left, is to me a political mystery.
I am in hopes that some of your numerous correspondents will furnish us with some anecdotes and pedigrees of the gentry so elected during that memorable period.
I am, Gentlemen,
Your very humble servant, Chatham ;
DD ROWLANDS. March 1, 1832.
1. George Twisleton, esq.
2. William Foxwist, esq. Brecknockshire, . 3. Henry Lord Herbert.
4. Edmund Jones, esq. Cardiganshire,
5. James Phillips, esq.
6. Jenkin Lloyd, esq. Caermarthenshire, 7. John Cleypool, esq.
8. Rowland Dawkins, esq. Carnarvonshire, 9. John Glynn, esq.
10. Thomas Mostyn, esq. Denbighshire, 11. Colonel Simon Thelwall.
Colonel John Carter. Flintshire,
12, John Trevor, esq.
Andrew Ellis, esq. Glamorganshire, . 13. Philip Jones, esq., one of His High
14. Edmund Thomas, esq. Cardiff
John Price, esq.
. 15. John Vaughan, esq. Montgomeryshire, 16. Sir John Price, bart.
Charles Lloyd, esq. Pembrokeshire, . 17. Sir Erasmus Phillips, bart.
18. Arthur Owen, esq. Haverfordwest, 19. John Upton, esq. Radnorshire,
George Gwynne, esq.
1. Mr. Twisleton was a branch of the ancient family of Twisleton, of Barrow Hall, in the county of York. He was an active officer in the Parliament army, of which he was a colonel, and governor of Denbigh Castle. He was brought into Wales, by marrying the heiress of the Glynnes of Lleuar, in the parish of Clynnog. There are memorials to the families of Glynne and Twisleton in that venerable and beautiful edifice, Clynnog church.
2. William Foxwist, esq. There is scarcely an old deed relating to property at Carnarvon, in which the name of Foxwist does not appear. Their pedigree will be found, if I recollect rightly, in Harl. mss. 1794, and in Lewis Dwnn's Visitation of North Wales.
3. Henry Lord Herbert, eldest son of Edward, second Marquis of Worcester. After his father's death, he was created Duke of Beaufort; and the present illustrious Duke of that title is lineally descended from him.
4. Mr. Edmund Jones was of Buckland, in the county of Brecon : he was Recorder of the town, and His Highness's Attorney-General for South Wales. “Notwithstanding that" (according to Burton's Diary,)“ a party in the House suspected him of loyalty, and preferred that as a charge against him, and he was expelled, it was moved and seconded that he be also sent to the Tower; whether that punishment was inflicted or not, the Diary does not furnish an account. He made a very good defence of himself, which availed not.” Vol. iii. p. 241. He does not appear to have been a speaker on any particular subject: he was, on the restoration of Charles II., restored to his Recordership of Brecon, and also made Recorder of Caermarthen. An excellent good character: how he became once a republican is unknown.
5. Mr. James Phillips resided at the Priory at Cardigan. The then residence of this gentleman was a part of the ancient religious cell modernized : it has long since been pulled down, and a neat building erected thereon by the late John Bowen, esq., of Trocdyraur, in this county. Mr. Phillips was a great partisan of his day, one of the Conservators of the Peace for the counties of
Caermarthen, Pembroke, and Cardigan : his family nearly allied to those of Picton Castle, the first we know was Einon, the grandson of Sir Thomas Phillips of Picton. This family, doubtless, purchased the Priory estate in consequence of its political contingency, commanding, by its tenantry, the return of a member for the borough. Cromwell having excluded the boroughs from sending representatives, Mr. Phillips appears here as a county member. By this gentleman's pedigree, as given in Sir S. R. Meyricke's History of Cardiganshire, he appears to have married three wives, first, his near relation, Miss Francis Phillips, daughter of Sir Richard Phillips, bart., of Picton Castle, by whom he had no issue; secondly, to Catharine, daughter to John Fowler, of London, merchant. This lady excelled in poetry and learning, and was one of the most celebrated women of her day; she was well known to all the noble and learned authors, as appears by her Life, which was published a few years after her death, with a likeness. I was once possessed of a copy, which I gave to the late Admiral Sir Erasmus Gower, G.C.B., who was a connection of this family, by the marriage of Mr. Hector Phillips with the widow Stedman. Mrs. Catharine Phillips translated the plays of Corneille, and other works; and dedicated some of her poems to Mrs. Anne Owen, of Orielton, and Mrs. Meyricke, of Bodorgan, in Anglesea. Her poetic name
Orinda," and often called the “ Matchless Orinda.” She died, I believe, at the age of thirty-two, of the small-pox, and left a daughter, who afterwards became the wife of Lewis Wogan, esq., of Whiston, in the county of Pembroke; she had more children, but they died young. Mr. Phillips's character is thus given, in a ms., entitled, “ A true Character of the deportment, for these eighteen years last past, of the principal Gentry within the counties of Carmarthen, Pembroke, and Cardigan, in South Wales," written about the
1661. “ James Phillips, one that had the fortune to be in with all tymes, yet thrived by none; an argument, that covetousness (the root of evil) was not the motive for him to take employments. His genius is, to undertake publique affairs; regarding sometimes more the employment than the authority from whom received the same. He hath done much good, and is ill rewarded. by those he deserved most of.”
His third wife was a daughter of Sir Reece Rudd, baronet, of Aberglasney, in the county of Caermarthen, by whom he had no issue. In 1649, he was High Sheriff for the county of Cardigan, and called in the Roll “of Tregibby,” a fine farm near the town, where there was a respectable residence for the eldest son of the Priory during the lifetime of his father, who was Hector Phillips, esq., who also had served the office of Sheriff, and had been M.P. for the borough. His mother