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CHARACTER

of human happiness and the empire of

reason, 'knowledge and philosophy, OF THE

should, after deluges of human blood, FRENCH NATION.

serve to no other end, than to pluoge

mankind still deeper in the gulph of Written by Counsellor Sampson.

· corruption and tyranny! But I held it

i as my duty to respect the power that On this head, I should greatly fear

protected me; and though my opioiops to add to the number of tourists, and were not much disguised, I never was travellers, who have said much, and molened for them. laid little ; whose ooly merit has been “ That the French are in Gincere, is to put together (tale conceits, and gar- perba's true ; because they are gaturally bled anecdotes. But you say that every given to the exaggeration : but with all nation has a character, and I readily that insincerity, I koow of no people admit it. In general, the lines of ba- who will from mere kindoess and politetional character are as distinct as the nefs, confer so many favors, and that features of the face.. Buti truly to 'with so good a' grace: it is therefore designate them, belongs only to a few more agreeable to live among them, unfavored geniuses and would require the doubtedly insincere as they may be, than pencil of Hogarth, or the pen of Sterde. with a people disagreeably fincere and Everyone knows that the French are not more benóvolent. As far as man. gay, gallant, and courteous. I need ners are in question, 'theirs are the most not' repeat, that they dance well, and hospitable on the earth. ! that they fight well. They are said to " That they are vain; is true, I wish be infincere, vaio, and incoostant--all the conduct of many of their enemies . which perhaps is true, and may lelen had given them better cause to be less the dignity and importance of their 'pain. They have however the good character, I am neither partial to them, sense to temper their vanity with the nor bigotted against theni. ' 1 may be forms of courtesey; which is better Aill partial to my own country, perhaps the than to be proud and brutal, as some more because it is unfortunate. ? may other people are, who miltake Riffaels be partial to the country of my adop- for dignity, fullenness: for superiority, tion, because I find in it that liberty and abrupiness for fincerity. which in my own is loft ; but I am pare · Their inconftancy proceeds front that tial to no other : yet it would be unjust which is the true basis of all their to deny, that in that one, into which actions ; and the essential difference bethe wickedness of my enemies drove me tween their character and that of other to take refuge, and where I was com.' Datioos, the extreme love of enjoyment; pelled to remain near seven years, with or as they themselves call it, le be oin de Jitele else to do than to observe, I have jouir. They are the true epicurcans. found friends as generous and lincere, They love pleasure above all things, and as any I have koowo elsewhere. Sin-. will buy it at any price. They will 'cere indeed, because my fortunes were fight, coax, flatter, cheat-any ebing too low to buy me friends. Nor had I to gain it. But this justice inuit be al. ever any reason to feel or to suppose I lowed them, that feeling the deceifty had an enemy. I did not like all I saw of being pleased, they think it a duty in Fraoce- I detefted much of it. I to be agreeable ; and they seein to harc grieved to find that a great eveot which formed a social contra& to amuse reci had bid fair, as I once thought, and as procally. On the same epicurian prin. good men hoped, to extend the sphere ciple that they love pleasure beyond all

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other others ingenious in giving it a defeat. whether this fcrupulous attention to And against that kind of pain for which routinary and practical observance's they have a term so appropriate, that does not sometimes damp the fire of the other nations are obliged to borrow it imagination, and the freedom of true from them that torment of the idler wit. which they call ennui, they are ever W hen you ask me, then, how I like actively in arms.

the French, I say, how should I like Set a Frenchman down in any part them but well? Englishmeo and Frenchof the earth, in peace or in war; let him men may be natural enemies; but the be deftitute of everything, he will Irish, to whom they have never done make the best of his position. And no such injuries as the English have, and sooner will he have provided himself who have found an ai.lum in their with food and raiment, than he will country in every period of their oppres. bave fought out some means for his fion, have no need to be their enemies. amusement. Il faut s'amuser is a funda. At all events, they are still in a state of mental maxim of their philosophy, and permanent and natural alliance with the they will tell you — Aulant vaut crever charms of their women and their wine. de faim que de crever d'ennui – And, in. And this brings me to speak of the deed, the most favorable aspect under French ladies, who are very deserving which the French character can be of a separate notice. viewed, is that which io many of the „unfortunate emigrants have affumed, Of the French Women. when under the pressure of misfortune and disgrace, they have turned with so What a subject, Oh Jupiter! What much cheerfulness the little accomplish muse to invoke! What colours to emments of their education to protit, or ploy! Who is he that can describe this ftruck out with admirable ingenuity, wḥimsical, incomprehensible, and inter. new inventions of their own industry. esting being?

Another remarkable lingularity is, Well did Sterne fay, that “nothing .. that the French, although gay, versatile, here was salique but the government." and airy, are governed more than any For the ladies of France, co indemnify' other people by settled rules of conduct, themielves for this exclusion from the and of behaviour. Thele rules consti- throne, have seized upon che molt dertute their social code, and are entitled poric power, and rule over their subjects usage. The highest praise you can be. with absolute sway. itow, on a stranger particularly, is, that A pretty wo'van in France is a sovehe has beaucoup d'usage. A proud Eng. reign prince, who knows neither relilt. Tishman of my acquaintance once ance por controul. She is an ambitious thought himself insulted by a complic potentate, that makes conqueits, and ment of that kind from a gentleman, cedes them, and will exchange a subject and feemed inclined to return it une as a province. In the midst o her circle graciously, until a lady interfered and the is a law-giver, and her decrees like set the thing to righes, by laying - Qide the proclamations of King Henry the l'usage n'empeche pus d'avoir de l'esprit Eigheh, have the full force of acts of il sert seulement a le regler. To be parliament. At her toilet the holds her original on the same principle, is to be levy-in her boudoir The giver private ridiculous, and this sentiment has pasf- audience, and in her bed the receives ed into a byeword : fo that ceR un her ministers. She has favorites and oforiginal, is the same as to say, That is a ficers of state, and confirms their ho. quiz. It may be a question, however, dors by a kiss of her hand. Her train

is filled with rival courtiers and jealous and confcious of ber power by its effets, expectants, whom she keeps in peace the wears the air of acknowledged supe. and civility by her sovereign ag: bority: riority, and receives man's Submillion as Her forces, like her ways and means, her due. Yet, ever zealous to extend are inexhaustible. She pays her fervants her empire ; ever active in maintaining with a fie ile, and fubdues her enemies it she negleats no art, no charm, no sedoc. with a frown. She makes war with the tion. When the moves, it is all grace artillery of her eyes, and peace the reals when she sings, it it is all sentimentwith the impression of her lips, Rebels when she looks, it is all expresion and male-contents the punishes with when she languishes, it is ail fofinessexile or death, as the cale may be. She when the frolicks, it is all rio-when protects learning, science, and the arts. The lighs, it is all tenderness—when the

uthors submit their works to her, and smiles, it is all happiness--and when she artits implore her patronage She re- laughs, all is mirth. She is good-huceives the homage of the pay of the moured from philosophy, and kind from graw, of the old, and of the young.- calculation. Her beauty is her treasure, The fage, the hero, the wie and thephi. and the knows that ill-humours impair lofopher, all range themselves under her it. De ne pas se faire mauvais sang, banners, and obey her laws. In all the is her cardinal maxim. Thus, with all concerns of life, she rules, directs, pre- the vivacity of her nature, she fauos fides. She tranfacts all affairs - projects Atrong emotions, and becomes, upon decides, and excutes with the refo principle, difpassionate and cold; for her lutio of a man the grace of an angel. ambition is to be adored, and pot to She is in all temporal matters, liege la. love Hold, hold, I hear you ex. dy and proprietor. As to her capacities, claim then she is a coquette? Alackhe is but an elegant little variety of man. a-day, my friend, and it is ever so ! Her uittes are undisputed. Ask whose But let justice ever guide my pen.house that isawit belongs to Madame However coquettish these fascinating une telle ! Has the a husband ? I can't brings may be ; however generally chey fay-I never law any

may be charged with gallantry, and I Will you have a more familiar in- am no knight-errant, nor bound to prove fance? I was fireing at the fire fide with the contrary; yet, I believe, mang ebere my wife-a tradesman brought in a pair are who speak of them unfairly, and of boois--I asked if they were my“ fancy raptores that they never knew." boots ? I do not know fir, I believe they And I think I can affure you, that there are for the husband of madame! En: are in France as affectionate and faithful quire, who is that cavalier? He is of the wives, as tender and attentive mothers, fociety of Madame landet. She is as in any other country of the earth. the sun of a sphere, and all her planers Such, however, are not naturally the and satellites walze round ber- and her firft to prefent themselves to the alvoice is the music of the sphere. quaintance of the iirangos or the travel

Taught from her infancy to please, ler.

A Sermon preached on the 8th of Au. sary in one portion of the Church of · gust, 1810, at the SOLEMN OFFICE God, more than in any other; the

AND High NI Ass celebrated in the Catholic Curch in this country had a South Chapel, for the repose of the peculiar claim on Heaven for the gift. SOUL of the late RT. REV. FLO. Bending under the weight of culumny RENCE MAC CARTHY, Bic and persecution; abhorred by thou. shop of Antinoe, and Coadjutor in sands merely because they understood the Sec of Cork: by the Rev. John not its tenets, the Catholic religion

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as Doctor Mac Carthy, whose chaA just tribute of affection, due to racter might have beeu alone sufficient to the memory of so great, so good a to arrest prejudice in the madness of man. Dr. Mac Carthy was a cha. its career, and compel it to exclaim, racter, which is not common among there is a man whose religion cannot men. His intellect was of the first be a system of idolatry : nor can its class. His erudition was deep moral principles be less pure or less beand extensive. His piety would not nevolent than his life.' have disgraced the religion of his “ The existence of such a man was of Maker, even in the Apostolic age. The more consequence than a thousand voSermon before us is an elegant, an un- lumes of controversy. It was a book laboured composition, finely adapted which the most unlettered could read. to the melancholy occasion on which It was the most noble vindication of it was delivered. We haye been told, our insulted faith.” that its effect on the congregation at The following interesting remark Cork, when it was delivered, was presencs itself to our notice, in the cha frequently marked by the whole audi- racter which Mr. Ryan has drawn of ence bursting into involuntary tears ! Dr. Mac Carthy: we will not attempt to decide, whe " Born with a mind of uncommon ther this ought more to be ascribed to strength and activity ; it is likely that the revered memory of his Lordship, he would have devoted himself to some or the eloquence of Mr. Ryan-It was profession suited to his talents and be. doubtless the joint operation of both. coming his respectable rank in society. The text was taken from Jeremiah. And as those penal statutes so disgrace. · “ The Lord hath taken away all my ful to the fame of our country, were mighty men out of the midst of me: at that time flourishing in all the vigour He hath called against me the time to and rankness of their maturity; he destroy my chosen men. Therefore do might bave been constrained to seek I weep and my eyes run down with some foreign clime. Spurned by his water; because the comforter, the re- infatuated country, he might have relief of my soul, is tar from me.--How luctantly gone forth to soine more wise hath the Lord cast down from heayen and generous people. He might have to earth the glorious one of Israel. sought and won the soldier's laurel and The Lord hath cast down headlong, his fame. He might have been reand hath not spared all that was beau- seryed to waste his blood in the falling tiful in Jacob.

cause of the Austrian or the Spaniard ; Lamentations of the Prophet to die the hero and the boast of a

JEERMIAS, chap. 12. strange land, the ornament and the re.6 For purposee thus wise and bene. proach of his own. But Providence ficent does the spirit of God, call such destined him for a station of higher men to the ministry of his Church : dignity, and more consonant to the to disarm prejudice of its inveteracy native piety and tenderness of his heart; and give confidence to humble faith. while it distinguished your Lordship

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great talents to the sublime purpose of rious duties of a missionary, in com. upholding the religion of our fathers, mon with the curates of his parish. and increasing the real happiness of our He was to be found in some humble country.”

retreat of wretchedness; at the bed of When our orator speaks of the disease and contagion : 'tenderly admi. Doctor's first entry on the clerical du- nistering the consolation of that relities, there is much of the dignified in gion whose brightest ornament he yas. his composition.'

No circumstance was ever found to re. “ It was the opening of a great mind lax his zeal; or divert him from that conscious of difficulties, in proportion plan of lite, which he had chosen, and to its elevated station and the extent which he had determined to pursue to of its horizon ; restrained by a diffi the last. If business or the necessity of dence the natural result of innate some relaxation drew him occasionally modesty and refined taste. He chose from his parish, he burned with desire the most obscure and laborious duties to return: he flew back with parental of his sacred calling : and that elo. anxiety to the objects of his affectious quence which was destined to command and his cares. He appeared to us my ere long the admiration of the most Brethren, as destined for a long course enlightened ; to warm at once and il- of labours ; as nature had bestowed on lumine the most cultivated minds, was him a constitution of uncommon devoted at this time of his life, to the strength, which had remained unaffect. simple catechistical instruction of chil. ed by all his exertions. Inured to dren; or concealed beneath the impée hardships, he seemed like the mountain netrable veil of the confessional, where oak to strengthen amidst the storm and heaven was its almost only witness; defy its fury. But that God before and where it dropped like the dews of whom the utmost strength of man is heaven in obscurity; and" becamė weakness : whose designs are raised to known only in the blessings and fruit. an infinite distance above our compre. fulness which sprung up wherever hension, has been pleased to cast down it had fallen."

this cherished stay of our happiness and Mr. Ryan however rises with his our hopes." subject, until at last he arrives at the 'We conclude our remarks on this event of his Lordship’s life, which Sermon, (a Sermon equalled by few, raised him to the dignity of Bishop. but excelling many,) with quoting

“ The days of this admirable man, the summary of his Lordship's cha. were thus filled up: when in the year racter, towards the conclusion of the 1803 he was named bishop of Antinoe, discourse, where Mr. Ryan mentions and coadjutor to Doctor Moylan. He his dissolution. was consecrated in the month of June “ He retained his faculties until of that year. It now seemned as if his within a few hours before his death; and labours as a parish priest were about to even then when reason had fallen from terminate. But far from availing him. its throne where it had reigned so gloself of the privileges to which his new riously and so long : even then the mind dignity entitled him, this truly aposto. of this great man, turned amidst its lic man appeared rather to gather new wanderings to his flock the object of zeal from his promotion : and he who its best affections ; revisited the confesheld so high a place in public esteem: sional, the altar, the bed of sickness whose exaltation to the episcopal dig. and sorrow; rendering the last tribute nity, had been hailed by the prelates of its expiring eloquence to the cause of our church, as a subject of pride of its Creator, and the happiness and and an honour to their body, was still eternal welfare of men. He died on to be found engaged in the most labo, the morning of the nineteenth of June ;

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