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rick called on Sir William, and acquainted him that he had had a dream. On Sir William's inquiring what it was, he told him he had dreamed that he had given him one of those suits which he had lately received from over the great water. Sir William took the hint, and immediately pre. sented him with one of the richest suits. Hendrick, highly gratified with the generosity of Sir William, returned. Sir William, some time after this, happening to be in company with Hendrick, told him that he also had had a dream. Hendrick being very solicitous to know what it was, Sir William informed him he had dreamed that he (Hendrick) had made him a present of a particular tract of land (the most valuable on the Mohawk river) of about five thousand acres. Hendrick presented him with the land immediately, with this shrewd remark: “ Now, Sir William, I will never dream with you again; you dream too hard for me."
The above tract of land is called to this hour, i . Sir William's dreaming land.
IT would be an endless, and no very agreeable
I task, to produce a catalogue of those men, who being misled by ambition, have in consequence of their lofty ideas, found themselves severely disappointed by the failure of their great designs. Nor is ambition a passion confined to the breast of men. The fair sex often feel their tender bofoms agitated with the same, and have fometimes paid very dear for their elevated senti. ments, after having been seduced by them into very ineligible fituations. With regard to their matrimonial schemes, many women have certainly permitted ambition to make too powerful an im. pression upon their minds, and by supposing, too hastily, that grandeur and happiness are synonimous terms, have, in the most mortifying manner, been forced to own that the most brilliant favours which fortune can bestow may be extremely insufficient to render the life of her who possesses them a life of felicity. Admitting that a woman has really raised herself by marriage to the distinguished sphere, to which her wishes were pointed
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by ambition, she may be very miserable in the midst of her magnificence: how much more wretched muft she feel herself, who, dazzled by a false appearance of splendor, discovers, too late, that she mistook the shadow for the substance ; and that instead of increasing her importance in the eyes of the world, she has contemptibly degraded herself both in their eyes and in her own.
The heroine of the following tale was one of thofe ambitious females, who look upon rank and riches to be the principal ingredients in the nuptial composition; without which it is not worthy of their attention: and the perusal of her history, may, perhaps, be of some service to the female Icarus's of the age, who, by aiming to soar above all their friends and acquaintances, fink themselves infinitely below them; partly from their weakness, but more from their presumption.
Charlotte Denbigh was the daughter of a country gentleman, who having wasted a very confiderable part of his fortune in unsuccessful projects, could only leave her five thousand pounds at his death. With this fum, far from a despicable one, (Charlotte having been brought up with high notions) was by no means satisfied. She had a spirit to enjoy that sum every year. She was also so proud of her beauty and her accomplishments, the one
striking, and the other numerous, that she would not listen to the addresses of many of her admirers, with no mean fortunes, because they could not enable her to live in the style which was most agreeable to her. By the haughtiness of her behaviour, and the frequency of her refusals, she discovered a no small want of judgment, and the admiration which she excited was generally accompanied with contempt. Those who were the most charmed with her person could not help thinking that she appeared in a ridiculous light, by the hauteur of her carriage, and her continual attempts, without any artful concealment of her real designs to attra&t. the attention of the first men of the age in point of riches and rank. Her attempts were bold, but they were not successful: her de. ligns were grand, but they were soon seen through and defeated.
After having made a number of fruitless efforts to figure in the first line of female consequence at London, and reje&ted several very advantageous offers, because they were not precisely the offers agreeable to her ambitious views, she changed the scene of action, made a trip to Calais, and from thence posted to the capital of France, dreaming of nothing but charms and conquests, and forming plans for a brilliant French alliance,
as she had not succeeded in her schemes for an English one.
By her removal from England, Charlotte gave an additional proof of her want of judgment; not only by her passage from one country to another, but by her choice of a female companion in the voyage, who was, certainly, the most improper person she could have selected. A few traits of this Lady will be sufficient to support this assertion,
Mrs. Brindley, the widow of a worthless fellow, who had married her entirely for her money, and who left her in very straitened circumstances, was, for some time, at a great loss for a comfortable subsistence; but on being invited by a old rich gentlewoman in the city, good-natured and generous, though vulgar beyond expression, she, in a little while, having a much fuperior understand ing, played her cards with such address, that she not only lived luxuriously with her during life, but gained a good legacy at her death. As soon as she was in possession of a considerable part of Mrs. Grimball's fortune, she was solicited by several persons in different stations, but having had very bad luck in her first marriage, she was almost afraid to venture upon a second: however, fhe at last got over all her objections to a new