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He alone can be accounted wise, who soberly reflects ere he performs.—He alone, Atrialy speaking, may be said to weigh well the mutability and pallivity of all human happiness; and that it is not to be trifled with or bartered for a toy. He alone opposes opinionsadvances positions-encounters difficulties and solves problems, all tending to the main object. He alone duly considers, that all human things are subject to. revolution and decay, and happiness the most ; and for this very reason, that it should be fixed on the firm basis of reason, and not to fluctuat ebetween conviction and idea. And what is the produce which he reaps from his rich and intellectual foil, I will shew.

Married to a woman who is as a mirror reflecting the same virtues, the same passions, the same sympathies, and, in fact, every thing, he feels himself supremely happy. He imparts an idea with a certain motive, and it is received with a similar one.--He offers a position, and it is assented to-he makes a remark, and it meets with approbation-he demands an explanation, and it is given; in a word, there is not a wish, a desire, or an idea which is not granted and co-incided with ; an incitement which has not its partner, or a command which is not obeyed through love and with self-approbation. Judge then, readers, whether this man does, or does not, feel the HAPPINESS OF MARRIAGE.





Near Cayenne, in South America, Whither they were transported 1797, without even Trial

or Examination-By RAMEL, One of those faid De.

puties. TT was now the first of June, and the appointed day I was at hand, as well as the scene that was to facilitate our enterprise. The dénouement of our plot approached under the finifter omen of the funeral obse. quies of our friends. We had recently performed the Taft offices to Laffond, when Captain Tilly brought us intelligence, that Jeannet had given orders to send him and all his crew to Cayenne, for which place they were to embark next day. To us this news was like a thunder-bolt, and almost difheartened us. Tilly, however, was absolutely determined to sacrifice himself, and to hide himself in the woods till the next day (the third of June), which was the last day appointed for our awful attempt. On that day he said he would run to the canoe on a signal agreed upon. We had great diffi. culty to induce him to give up the honour of so great an action to the brave Berwick. We observed to him, that Berwick disappearing at the time of calling over the crew of the prize, would not awaken so much sufpicion as that of the captain, whose visits to the deported persons, and his walks with them, had been already too much noticed. It was, however, with great reluctance that Tilly yielded to this last consideration. He parted from us indeed to expose himself even to greater dangers than we encountered, as on him would fall all the fury of Jeannet, whether we were so happy as to escape, or whether we were so unfortunate as to be discovered and arrested with Berwick. But Tilly


thought of nothing but of our safety; and, if we could but once arrive at Surinam, he cared nor what became of himself. How affecting was our parting scene ! who among us all could venture to flatter himself with the hope of seeing thee again, worthy, incomparable Tilly! .

Berwick instantly disappeared and concealed himself in the woods. It was agreed, that, two days after (on the 3d of June), at the nine o'clock gun, he should be upon the bank of the river under the bastion; and that he hould leap into the canoe the moment he saw us appear : but we were extremely uneasy on his account, for, as we feared, he was almost devoured by noxious ani. mals; nor could he defend himself from the serpents, and that terrible animal the cayman, but by continuing thirty-six hours on a tree, and even there he was not secure from eigers.

Captain Poisvert had invited the commandant of the fort to dinner, on the 3d of June, on board the Ameri. can prize, in return for the kind receprion he had met with, and the affistance he had received from the garrifon, which had two days before vigorously attacked an English privateer, that had approached the anchorage. At the same time that he entertained the com. mandant with a handsome dinner, and gave him the choicest wines he had on board, he had distributed to the garrison fome common Bourdeaux wine. A girl, who had arrived some days before from Cayenne, did the honours, and delivered bottles of wine in profusion to the soldiers in their barracks and guard-house, to the negroes in their rooms, to the sentinels at their posts, and to the deported under their corridor. Ah! how long this day appeared with what pleasure we watched this young girl thus joyously pouring out bumpers to the half intoxicated soldiers ! Her activity and solicitude served us to our utmost wishes.

Every one drank freely, as we did ourselves, and, Seeming to take part in these orgies, we feigned a quara,


rel among us while at dinner, in order to avoid giving the most trilling indication of the plot. Aubry and Larue abused Barthélemy, le Tellier also took part in the dispute, Dossonville and Pichegru threatened each other, and Willor and myself seemed desirous of pacifying the rest. Glasses and plates flew about, and the uproar was so great, that the rest of the deported persons came in to separate us. The Abbé Brothier himself endeavoured to put an end to this disturbance, which only increased the more : but Barthélemy, who was the least fkilful in feigning passion, coolly breaking his glass in an aukward gesture of rage, a burst of laughter had nearly betrayed us. · Night came on, and we saw the commandant Aimé brought in, dead drunk, like a corpse. Silence had now succeeded to the songs and cries of intoxication, and the soldiers and negroes lay dispersed here and there. The service was forgot, and the guard-house abandoned.

Before we retired into our rooms we took leave of Marbois, to whom our separation was a painful facrifice, and who considered this as our last hour. The clock ftruck nine, the last we heard at Sinamary, and Dofsonville, who was upon the watch, gave us all no. tice to begin our enterprize; upon which we went out and assembled near the gate of the fort, of which the draw-bridge was not yet up. All was sleep and filence, I mounted the baltion of the guard-house with Pichegru and Aubry, and went directly to the sentinel (the contemptible drummer who had so often tormented us), and asked him the hour. He made no answer, but fixed his cyes upon the stars ; upon which I seized him by the throat, while Pichegru disarmed him, and we dragged him along, throttling him so as to prevent his crying out. We were now upon the parapet, and he struggled so violently that he got away from us and fell into the river. We then rejoined our companions at the foot of the rampart, and, perceiving no one in the guard-house, ran in and took arms and cartridges. We

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then went out of the fort and flew to the canoe. Berwick was already there, and helped us to get into it. Barthélemy, who was very infirm and less active than the rest of us, fell, and funk into the mud ; but Berwick caught hold of him and saved him, and, having put him into the canoe, cut the rope. Berwick now took the helm, while we, motionless and filent, went with the stream. The current and the tide bore our light bark rapidly along, and we heard nothing but the murmurs of the waters and of the land breeze, which swelled our little fail and wafted us from our tomb of Sinamary.

We now approached the redoubt at the point which it was necessary to pass, and therefore we struck our fail to avoid being seen. Weknew that the eight men, who were upon guard at the redoubt, had received their share of the favours of Captain Poisvert, and that they also must be drunk. We accordingly were not hailed, and the tide carried us beyond the bar. We passed to the left of our brave friend Tilly's ship, and very near the schooner la Victoire, which was lately arrived from Cayenne, and which we knew was commanded by the worthy Captain Bracket, to whom our escape must have given great pleasure, and who certainly would not have opposed us.

The breeze freshened and the sea was smooth. But, had we left the coast, we should have been in danger of mistaking our tract; and, if we kept too near the laore, we might have fallen upon the rocks, which are numerous there as far as I raconbo. The moon now suddenly appeared, as if on purpose to give us light. This was a delicious moment. We congratulated each other, and thanked Providence and our generous pilot, who was in a dreadful state, being much swelled and disfigured by the stings of venomous insects.

We had proceeded (moothly for about two hours, when we heard three guns, two from the fort of Sinamary, and one from the redoubt at the point; and, soon after, tbe poft at Iraconbo answered with three. We doubted


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