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Cleopatra, or the reformed little tyrant
Philadelphia, December, 7th, 1797.
H AVING been requested to peruse a book, en-
and Belles Lettres in the University of
'OR 19 FEB'3
IN one of the villages in the neighbourhood of the metropolis, lived little Adolphus, who had the misfortune to lose his mother, before he had reached his eighth year. Notwithstanding his early age, this lofs made a strong impression on his mind, and evidently affected the natural gaiety of his difpofition. His aunt, the good Mrs. Clarkson,
took him home to her house, in order to remove him from the scene of his affliction, and to prevent his grief adding to the inconsolable forrows of his father.
After the usual time, they left off their mourning; but, though little Adolphus affected cheer. fulness, yet his tender heart still felt for the loss of his mother. His father whom he fometimes visited, could not avoid observing how little Adolphus endeavoured to conceal his grief; and this confideration made him feel the more for the loss of his wife, who had given birth to so promising a child. This made such an impression on his mind, that every one foresaw that it would bring on his final diffolution.
Poor Adolphus had not been to see his dear fa.. ther for fome time ; for whenever he proposed it to his aunt, she constantly found some excuse to put it off. The reason was, that Mr. Clarkson being fo ill, she feared that seeing him in that condition would increase the grief of Adolphus too much, and lay on his heart a load too heavy for him to support. In short, the loss of his wife, and his uneasiness for his fon, put an end to Mr.Clarkson's life on the day before he reached the fiftieth year of his age.
The next morning, little Adolphus thus addrer. ed his aunt: “ This is my dear father's birth day,