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stood as it were upon his head, and complained foon after of a weight at his stomach, attended with a sickness, and a bitter taste in his mouth. Thus he had continued for fome days with a fever; and Mr. Arnold found him, on the 19th of September, 1772, feverithi languid, and very fick at times, with a disagreeable bitter taste in his mouthi.

In this condition he remained till Thursday, the 26th of November, 1772; wher, at foúr o'clock in the morning, he complained of unusual sickness; and during a violent effort to vomit, in which he thought himself almost choaked, though he did not then know the cause of that sensation, he voided the crown-piece, above twenty months after the day on which he swallowed it. The piece of money for the first two or three days was so black, that the inscription; or scarcely the impression, was perceivable. It never recovered its brightness, but still appears exceedingly dira coloured. Mr. Capon became much better both in health and spirits than he had long been, and had not any thing of that disagreeable taste in his mouth which he formerly complained of. He died July 5, 1799, and the crown-piece; which was put in a frame, and remains now in the posleffion of his widow, is the subject of much curiosity among travellers and visitors.

Interesting Particulars of NAPOLEONE BONAPARTE, Firs

Conful of France, being an authentic Account of his most Remarkable Inclinations, Wonderful Exploits, and Allon

ishing Attainment of Consular Dignity. This furprizing hero was born in the town of Ajaccio in Corsica, August 15, 1769. He is the son of Charles Bonaparte and Letitia Raniolini, a lady of extraordinary beauty, who, with two of her daughters, was taken prisoner; in 1797, by an English armed veffel, during their passage

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45 from France to Corsica. The elder Bonaparte, who was also a native of Ajaccio, was bred to the civil law, at Rome, and took part with the celebrated Paoli, in the ever-memorable struggle made by a handful of brave islanders, against the tyrannical efforts of Louis XV. and the infamous schemes of his minister Choiseul. On this occafion he not only laid aside the gown, but carried a musket as a private centinel, after which he was made a major. On the conquest of the island, he wished to retire, with the gallant chieftain who had so nobly struggled for its independence; but he was prevented by his uncle, a canon, who exercised a parental authority over him. In 1773, a deputation from the three estates was sent to wait on the king of France; and, on this occafion, Charles Bonaparte was fe. lected to represent the nobles. He was soon after promoted to the office of procuratore reale of Ajaccio, where his ancestors, supposed to have been originally from Tuscany, had been settled nearly two hundred years. His family was numerous; he had seven children; four sons and three daughters. It was his good fortune, however, to be cherished by the French; and both he and his family lived in the greatest intimacy with M. de Marbæuf, the Governor, who, on the death of his friend, Charles Bonaparte, continued to patronize his family, and placed his second son, Napoleone, (now First Conful of France) at the Ecole Militaire, or Military Academy of Brienne in Champagne, under the direction of the Fathers, called Minims; where he was instructed in the rudiments of mathematics by Father Patrault, whose name has ever since been mentioned by his pupil with esteem and respect.

Born with tastes and inclinations of a fingular kind, Bonaparte lived entirely sequestered in the midst of a hundred and fifty scholars, who composed the fchool. Sullen, and even auftere, he always seemed to be shut up within himself, and took no part in the sports or amusements of Yol. I, No. 1. G

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his companions; he only at times mingled with them to display the bluntness of his character; and he even made it a point with himself to brave the threats of his masters : and often repelled, with the greatest coolness, the blows of his fellow-scholars, after having provoked them by the most fevere raillery and sarcasms. The idea of dependance foon: appeared to him to have something disgraceful in it; and from a child he possessed republican principles. His companions were one day representing to him all that the French Government had done for his country, (Corsica) “ Yes," replied young Bonaparte, “but France has ravished from us, our liberty !" On another occasion, when his companions were joking him upon the same subject, he replied, with a tone of indignation, “I hope one day to be in a situation to restore to my country. its liberty.”

Mathematics, fortification, and particularly history of every class, were the subjects of his constant and affiduous study.--Entirely devoted to improvement, he found no pleasure but in folitude. He had, in the great court of the College, a little garden, in partnership with two of his companions; but he soon gained the whole of it from them by force; he surrounded it with strong pallisades, and secured the entrance against every intruder. Some trees, which he had planted himfelf, in a short time afforded him, by their foliage, a retreat quite to his mind. When any of the other scholars presumed to intrude upon his retirements he would dart forward, with the fury of a lion, to repel the affailants, without regard to their numbers. His comrades at last succeeded, by entreaties, in making him quit this folitude, and join in their sports; such as the Olympic games of Greece, and the exercifes of the Circus at Rome. He was the conductor of the whole, and directed the combatants. These sports became serious battles; in which clubs and stones were the weapons of combat. Many wounds were the consequence; which at length obliged the

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