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the part of maids of honour to the his face, faid." That is, doubtlesi, o heroines in the operas, prayed the bottle firoke.” Yes,” replied the offic king to allow them, like the other cer, “ the tavern was near Leathen *, players, an aonual fallary ; since they and your Majesty filled the glasses.” · were not able to live on what they re

. . . . . . ceived for their mute characters. His During the king's long reign, he Majesty wrote back---" You are mis- had experienced so many impositions taken in addressing me ; this is a bu- from all ranks of men, that it is no finess that concerns your emperors and great matter of surprise, that in the larkings ; to these you mould apply. It ter part of his life he grew very suspi. is against my principles to meddle with cious, and imagined he was deceived the business of foreign courtsd by every body. Returning from a re

view, which had drawn an uncommon { When the king, on his acceflion to concourse of people together, one of the throne, was installed at Silesia, he the princes, who rode by the king's preferred, according to anciene cuf- lide, asked... Please your Majesty ton, several persons to the rank of In what manner do you suppose that nobility. A few years after this, one' all these people maintain themselves ?** of these ennobled gentlemen rode be. The King replied, “ They cheat one fore the king, in one of his reviewing another---but I am cheated by all." tours through Silesia, and endeavoured to be noticed by him. At last His Majesty suspected particularly, he succeeded ; and his Majesty thus that the commissaries of stores and proaccosted him : “ Who are you »» visions, who served during the seven “ I am one of those on whom you years war, had all defrauded him withwas graciously pleased to confer the out exception. The widow of one of rank of nobility, at your royal in- these, humbly represented to the king, stallation in Silesia.” “ T'his first ex- that her husband was dead---and bar. perinient of mine has turned out but ing also acted in his service with hobadly," replied the monarch. nesty and uprightness, he had not been

able to save any thing; consequently In answer to the application of the had left her in miferable circunítances Newmark clergymen, that their gythes His Majesty wrote on the maigin of of corn should be delivered in kind as the petition...“ | tied the ass to the formerly; and not be paid in money, manger---why did he not feed better? according to the chamber taxes; the . . . . . . . . king gave the following reply : “ 'The Professor Eberhard, of Halle, was mode now in use fhall remain in force. Some years ago appointed, by the up If an hundred priests relign to-day, per confiftory, preacher at Charlottchthere will be a thousand to offer in their burg. The towosmen, who had fixed Stead to-morrow. The soldier re- on another person, proteited againit ceives bread---the priest ought to nou. Ebe hard to the confitory, becaule be rith himself with heavenly manna. Pe had written the apology for Socrates. ter and Paul received no rythes ; and, This objection was considered as in in the whole of the New Teltament, sufficient; and they were ordered to there is not one store-house for the fubmit. On this they represepted u apostles mentioned.” .

the king---that they could not think Potfdum, 12th May 1760. ' of trusting the care of their souls to a

man, who had affirmed, that the curred On a certain review, the king per- heathen Socrates was faved..--His ceiving an officer with a large scar in Majesty, who was forry to hear the

The place where a famous battle was fought.

Worthy philofopher cursed, wrote to it immediately, without speaking to them in reply: “ I infilt on Socrates him, feigning that this man's figure being saved--as also on Eberhard's be- had terrified him. The following day, coming your preacher. FREDERICK.” he said to his Generals, “Oh heavens !

how terribly was I frightened yesterColonel Senning, who was tutor to day," ---and gave them a description his Majesty in geometry fortification, of the young man's dress. “ Take &c. was one of those who was favour- particular care," continued he, “ that ed with particular friend thip. During my officers do not see him ; but much the misunderitanding between the king more so, that they do not take him (when prince) and his father, honeit for a pattern." . . . . .. old Senning became involved in his A grenadier of the first battalion of master's face---for which, Frederick, guards at Potsdam, standing centry one when he came to the throne, made him day in the royal gardens, his sweetfull amends in a manner fully peculiar heart came to fee him. They were, to himself. Age, and infirmity, pre. loying together, when on a sudden, vented him from going to the campaign the girl gave a horrid feream, and ran in the year 1740 ; but he received un- off. The surprized soldier looked interrupted marks of remembrance and round, was much more terrified than favour from the king---and in May his mistress, when he saw the king 1741, the following lerrer, dated from close behind him. In his tremor and the camp near Brezest, also : confufion he shouldered his piece; and, ü Dear old honest Senning,

endeavouring to face about, turned

two or three times round on his heel, “ I thank you for the interest you and at last rested his arms ---- What take in the occurrences with which for. have you been about, fellow," said tone has favoured me. You have some the king, “ have you forgot my comreason to feel for my account--for you mands ?” “ For God's sake! your know how much I am your friend. Majesty,” stammered the trembling It is an old saying, that peace is the fon of Mars,“ do not tell my captain; cause of war---but it is a more true for he would have me fogged to death maxim with me, that war promotes if he knew it." His Majesty smiled peace. After this latt bacile, I am of at the man's downright simplicity ; opinion, that the Austrians are incapable and doubled his pay out of his privy of continuing the war; and, as far as I purse... .. . . . . can judge, I shall foon embrace you as The king disliked all ceremony ; a peaceable inhabitant of Charlotten- and avoided it, as much as he could burg,or of Rheinsberg; and assure you, do consistently with good manners. viva voce, how much efteem and real On his acceflion to the throne, he was friendship I entertain for you. Fare. obliged to have homage done him at well, my dear Senning. FREDERICK." Konisberg, in Pruffa. Going thither

The king permitted this favourite to for that purpose, he took with him the to live in the royal palace at Berlin; Marquis d'Argens ; in order to inand continued his true friend till his struct him in the usual ceremonies, as death. . . . . . . . . he had already seen them performed · At carnival time in Berlin, the king in France. On the day appointed for used to have many public characters the homage, his Majesty wore a small brought before him. One day a young gala sword ; and was going to mount man was announced, who had his hair the throne, on which he was to appear, dressed in a new and very singular in this manner. D'Argens reminded fashion ; but as soon as he perceived him, that he should have an imperial che person opening the door, he shut sword, which was the proper one for

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Such an occasion. · Accordingly, he ed againft the eternal punishments of borrowed a regimental ope, of an of- hell. He applied to the king, wha. ficer near ar hand, and the ceremony immediately iffyed a cabinct order to was performed. After which, the king reinstate him; and to observe more too, inquired of the marquis, if he had leration for the future. The states gone through the business cleverly? projefted against it; pleaded the privi. “Oh, yes, replied d'Argens, but I ledges of their constitucion; in thort, know one who did it better.'? '* Pray Locally refused, w.ough in respectful who was he?" faid the king: “ Louis expressions, to obey, lince the people the fifteench, Sire." “ And I,” pro- would not listen to any thing relative ceeded the monarch, " koov one that to a cessation of punilhments of hell. furpaffed him." "Who could that be!!! The king, who did not wish to infringe asked the marquis, bastily---". Baron, their 'ancieni privileges, returned the the famous French actor," fuid the protest ; after hare written the follow, king. .':

:::. log decree under it:: . . It came to the king's knowledge, . Si mes sujets de Valangia veulent: that a corporal of his body regiment, etre damnés eternellement, je n'y trouve a fine young fellow, wore a watch: rien à redire.” “ If my subjects of chain fufpended from a leadep ball, Valangin will insist on being damped merely from a wish to appear conse eternally, I have nothing to lay as quential.-.-His Majesty wanting to be gaind it. i FREDERICK." convinced of the matter, it was fo fec. iii . . yled, that the corporal could not fail from the earlier and happier days meeting hina at a particular hour. of the king, may be dated his friend• Ah! corporal," said the monarch, fhip for Madame de * Camas. The

you must be a brave fellow, to have following letters, which he wrote ta faved a watch out of your pay. “I her, prove the monarch's amiable disflatter myself that I am brave, Gre," position : faid the man, “ but the watch is of . very little consequence.” The king

Neufadt, 11 Nov. 1760. taking out a gold watch, fet round withi “ I Am very punctual in my answers diamonds, said: “My watch points at you fee, that your curiofity may be live.--how much is your's i Shame fatisfied. What ftrange revolucions are and coafufion appeared at first in the produced by age. These four years part poor corporal's face; and, however un. I have abstained from all kind of lup willing he might be to boast at that pers ; fince they do not agree with moment, he drew out his chain with my profeflion, or rather the manner in the bullet, and answered with a firm which I live according to my profefvoice..My watch, your Majesty, fjon; and, during our days of marchthews neither five nor fix; but it points ing, my whole dinner is a fogle dich put to me, in the clearelt manner, that of chocolate. Believe me, I lead soch death which I am ready to die for my a miserable life, as no person bur Doa king every moment." The monarch Quixote ever did before.' These irrereplied: In order that you may fee gularities have made me look so olt daily, one of those hours in which you that you will scarce know me again. are to die for inco--take this watch.?". On the right fide of my head the bair

is turned grey; my teeth break to pie: The states of Valangin bad deposed ces,' and begio to loofen ; my face is a reformed preacher, for having preach. as full of wrinkles as a pericoal is of

quilting ; * Afterwards Countess, whose maiden name was de Brand lady adorned with a noble heart, and great underftanding. She was principal governess to the king's mother; and was born in the last centuy.

miling; and my back is vauhed like of mercy, and full of malice. Pray: a mook of la Trappe, I tell you all let proper care be taken of the child's, this beforehand, that in case we should education ; and, in such a manner, that See each other again in flesh and bones, the family may not be exposed to the you may not be surprised, nor take ofa: cenforious congue of flander. The. fence at my figure. The heart only poor girl shall withdraw from county remains unalterable and thall, while so as not to be noticed; and her re. I breathe, preserve fentiments of e- pucation fared as much as poilible, Iteem, and the most tender friendship, We are likely to have peace, my dear för my dear mother.' Farewell. ... mother : and I purpose to enjoy a good . : FREDERICK." laughable tcte a téte when I thall have

the happiness of seeing you again. A.

Nov. 27th. dieu, my dear mother-I embrace * You see, dear mother, with what you.

FREDERICK. an active zeal you are ferved. Herewith you receive the knuff. At pre

Meissen, zoth Dec. sent we ate employed in arranging our “ HEREWITH, my dear mamma, I Winter quarters. I have yet to make send you a bagatelle, by which you a fhort journey; and then intend to may remember me. You may use this take some rest at Leipzig, if it is to box, either for rouge, beauty-spots, be found there. Rett is to me a mes souff, sweetmeats, or pills: to whaisvet taphysical word, without reality. Be- use you put it, do dog forget, on the tween ourselves, my dear mother, the fight of this dog, the emblem of faithlife we lead is literally worfe than that fulness that he who sends the fame of a doge-but no notice must be tae excels all the dogs in the universe, in ken of it. Farewell. Remember me respect to his attachment for you; and often, : FREDERICK.” that his devotion for your person has

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Nov. 3oth, fabricated here. I have bespoke china “ It must be confessed, dear mo- for every body: for Schonbausen, for ther, that you have had great experi. my fifter-in-law ; in thort, I am rich ence, and I congratulate you on your in this frail merchandise ; and hope knowledge, of the droply. The acci.' that thofe who are to receive it, will dent you mention, is almost a daily take it as ready money: for alas, dear one. There is no court, nor even mother, we are but poor, deyils ;-haconvent, where the like does not hap- ping nothing left but honour, swords, pen. I, for my part, who am rather and china. Farewell. If it pleases indulgent to the foibles of my own heaven for me to behold you again fex, cannot throw stones at the court. face to face, I thall repeat verbally ladies who bring children, God's own what is here written--but let me man creatures, into the world. They pro- nage how I will, it will never be, ja pagate the human species : and dark- my power to express what my heart jooking politicians destroy the fame by feels for you. .: FREDERICK," unhappy wars, I must confess that, : to my ideas, these too tender-hearted Head-quarters at Bettlern, a! damsels, are far preferable to those dra

. 8th June, 1762. gons of chastity, who treat their equals " I am very well convinced, my with a merciless severity, for having dear mother, that you are sincerely yielded to a temptation by which them- concerned in every thing that befals selves might have been subdued, had us. The worst is, that we were so they been put to the trialand to these much behind hand, as to stand every Coolding goffips, who are genes ally void away in need of good fortune, to.reco

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ver ourselves, and make peace with have a right to claim a'kiss for my the two powers; which is of the ut- reward-therefore prepare. Finette, most importance ; which at any other may say what the pleafes ; nay, free time would have been sufficient to re- herself to death; for since her duke's. store general tranquillity, but produces deceased, she gets no kisles. Fare. a present no other benefit than to fi- well, dear mother, pardon the porerty nish the war in a less inglorious man.. with which I write. I banilh all chaDer. I wish, from the bottom of my grin when left alone to love you, and heart, that heaven may preserve you enjoy the pleasure of entertaining mymany years ; that I may have the plea« self with you. . FREDERICK.” fure of seeing, hearing, and embracing you once more. In all appearance,

Peterswalde, 19th Ca. you will soon be peaceable inhabitants "I wish to take a forrified city eveat Berlin ; but with regard to us, we ry day, my good mother, for the sake shall probably be obliged to fight till of receiving your charming epiftss; all the fire of nature is extinguished. but blockheads of commanders are of. It must, however, hoish ar lait; and ten the cause of my losing one in a the only agreeable prospect which peace dishonourable manner : and though opeas to me, is to assure you, viva there may be emperors who wish me voce, of the great esteem with which well, yet- But you may judge in I remain, my dear madam,

what situation 1 hind myself. If our Your faithful friend, · emperor was still in being, we might * FREDEKICK.” probably enjoy peace before the end

of the Winter; and you might return,

June 27th, full gallop, to your fandy paradise at : " I AM rejoiced, dear mother, at Berlin, But the public, who comyour good temper, and advise you to monly love to fatter themselves beincrease it. Since all fublunary things forehand, thought, without foundation, must have an end, it is to be hoped, that peace must necessarily follow the that this cursed war will not be the taking the Schweidnitzi perbaps you only thing eternally existing. Ever might have been of the same opinion ; since grim-faced death has been fo an the contrary, it appears to me, that kind to take off a certain intriguing 'our enemies have not yet the least de. Tilter in the North, our situation is fire of reconciliation. Judge then, turned to advantage, and proves far whether it would be prudent to return more tolerable than it was before. to Berlin, on the hazard of flying to You speak of Berlin : I with very Spandau on the first alarm. You mea. much to be able to conduct you thi. tion the poor Finette ; alas ! my dear ther, but if so, 'tis not my will that mother, for these fix months past, I you should be settled, like the birds have not lamented the dead so much

on a twig--but that you may remain as the living. Our life is a miserable · there with all due honour and dignity. One-not worth regretting the loss of. "Therefore, I wait the period in which I with you much patience, and all the this matter will be fixed on a former happiness this poor world can yield; basis, in order to acquaint you with but, above all, I wish the preservation it. If the issue proves honourable, I of your good temper ; the only great Thall thank heaven, that we may önce and real good which fortune can be more embrace, my dear mother. Yes, ftow upon you. As far as I am conI say, embrace--for in this world you cerned, my old friendship and esteem have no other lover but me. You can Dhall never cease. not make me jealous : and in return

Adieu, dear mother, , • for my constancy and faithfulness, I! .. . . FREDERICS."

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