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PHILIP V. OF CASTILE. In the year 1710, Philip V. surnamed the Bold, after having signalized himself by almost incredible exertions of personal valour, gained the memorable battle of Villoviciosa. After the victory, the exhausted and wearied conquerors fought for some repose. The king not having had a mattrass provided for him, was preparing to cast himself upon the earth, when the Duke of Vendome entered his tent, and said "I am going to make your majesty a bed, the finest that ever monarch slept upon.' At the same time he was followed by two fóldiers, who threw down a pallet, formed of the colours and enligns which had been taken from the enemy. Cambridge.
CURIOUS EXTRACTS FROM THE LIFE
EDWARD GIBBON, ESQ.
WRITTEN BY HIMSELF. LORD Say, Gibbon's ancestor, was beheaded 1450, by the Kentish insurgents. Jack Cade told him"i Thou hast most traitoroully corrupted the youth of this realm, in erecting a grammar school, and whereas before, our forefathers had no other books than the score and the tally, thou hast caused printing to be used; and, contrary to the king, his crown, and dignity, thou haft built a paper mill. It will be proved to thy face, that thou hast men about thee who usually talk of a noun and a verb, and such abominable words as no Christian ear can endure to hear.”
MR. Law's master-work, the Serious Call, is still read as a popular and powerful book of devotion. His precepts are rigid, but they are founded upon the gofpel; his fatire is sharp, but it is drawn from the knowledge of human life, and many of his portraits are not uoworthy of the pen of La Bruyere. It he finds a spark of piety in his reader's mind, he will soon kindle it in a flame ; and a philosopher must allow, that he exposes with equal truth and severity the strange contradiction between the faith and practice of the Christian world. Under the names of Flavia and Miranda, he has admirably described my two aunts—the Heathen and the Christian sisters.
My lot might have been that of a llave, a savage, or a peasant, nor can I reflect, without pleasure, on the bounty of nature which cast my birth in a free and civi. lized country, in an age of science and philosophy, in a family of honourable rank, and decently endowed with the gifts of fortune.
The relation of a brother and a sister, eļpecially if they do not marry, appears to me of a very singular nature. It is a familiar and tender friend thip with a fe
male much about our own age; an affection perhaps softened by the secret influence of sex, but pure from any mixture of sensual desire; the sole species of Platonic love that can be indulged with truth, and without danger.
To preserve and to rear so frail a being, the most tender assiduity was scarcely suficient, and my mother's attention was fomewhat diverted by her frequent pregnancies, by an exclusive passion for her husband, and by the dissipation of the world, in which his taste and authority obliged her to mingle. But the maternal office was supplied by my aunt, Mrs. C. Porten, at whose name I feel a tear of gratitude trickling down my cheeks. A life of celibacy transferred her vacant af. fections to her fifter's first child; my weakness excited her pity, her attachment was fortified by labour and success; and if there be any, as I trust there are some, who rejoice that I live, to that dear and excellent woman they must hold themselves indebted.
The lives of Cornelius Nepos, the friend of Atticus and Cicero, are composed in the style of the purest age; his fimplicity is elegant, his brevity is copious ; he exhibits a series of men and manners, and with such ilJustrations as every pedant is not indeed qualified to give; this classic biographer may initiate a young student in the history of Greece and Rome.
My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for the treasures of India.
Pope's Homer, and the Arabian Nights Entertain. ments, are two books which will always please, by the moving picture of human manners, and specious miracles; nor was I then capable of discerning that Pope's translation is a portrait endowed with every merit, excepting that of likeness to the original.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE PLAINTIFF.
number of the Monthly Visitor, excited my compaffion. An unsuccessful lover is one of the most dirtreffing objects in creation. To mitigate his forrows will be a meritorious object.
This distressed lover tells you, that he has tried every remedy; and, that if you fail in a recipe he must fink inco despair. Poor man! I feel an interest in his milfortune. But, as he himself remarks, “ his case is neither uncommon nor peculiar.” So much the worfe. So general a fpecies of distress calls for some specific remedy. I shall attempt to prescribe for him, and also for others in a similar condition. The prescription possesses an almost sovereign efficacy. It consists of three ingredients, impartial enquiry ; vigorous employment; and long absence.
Impartial enquiry is necessary oftentimes to the abatement and extinction of disappointed love. Let him enquire calmly whether the object be really fo valua-' ble as he imagines. Perhaps his inflamed mind hath invested her with visionary excellencies. The soul of the lover is heated with pallion-and passion is a deceitful medium of judgment. Let him consider then, whether his Dulcinea ought not to be stripped of the many gaudy colours with which he has perhaps thoughtlessly embellished her. Cool examination in these afa fairs, often breaks the chains, and loosens the victim from his bonds. But suppose, upon enquiry, he finds the cb. ject of his affection to be what he supposes-every thing that is excellent:-then the exercise of thought will thew him the wisdom of giving up with dignity what cannot
be attained. This measure common sense dictates. Let her voice be heard and obeyed. For this purpose, I must beg him to have recourse to the two other ingredients of my prescription-vigorous employment and long absence.
Vigorous employment will absorb the imagination, in which faculty violent love generally takes up its abode. One master paffion, like the rod of Aaron, swallows up the rest. Thus will he get rid of his present source of misery. To play with the paffion will only blow it into greater fury. Let him be refolute, and lol the Herculean talk is accomplished. She who before occupied all his attention, will be excluded from his meditations. Into the receffes of his soul she will not be suffered to enter. He is engrossed by other affairs. He is taken up with subjects more favourableto his welfare and felicity.
The last ingredient is long absence. This has lucceeded when every thing else failed. The disappointed lover quits the spot where the unyielding object of his affe&tions hath charmed him into misery. He sometimes feeks relief in foreign climes. Travels or voyages are in this respect most efficacious in their operation. New objects perpetually rise upon his view. These amuse his fancy, and interest his heart. The late Mrs. Woollftonecraft, by these means, got rid of a fimilar uneasiness. Her peace and happiness were effectually restored.
Such are the means offered for banishing the distress with which your correspondent is oppressed. He is at perfect liberty either to adopt or reject them. I must, however, be permitted to say, that they are not untried means; nor have they been found of little or no efficacy. Thousands have had recourse to them, and can bear tel. timony to the effect which they have produced on the harassed mind. Let thein pot, therefore, be despised. A fair trial they demand; and, till the experiment_be made, no individual has a right to depreciate them. For my own part, I acknowledge their efficacy. It becomes me, then, particularly to recommend them. This