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CAROLINE COUNTESS DOWAGER OF her own hands. She has ever since devoted KINGSTON, the subject of this sketch, was her time in dispensing those blessings that the grandaughter and sole heiress of James wealth enables her to do, amongst her the last Lord Kingston.
numerous family, large tenantry, and poor She was married at the early age of four of the neighbourhood of Mitchelstown, in teen, to Robert the late Earl ; in conse- the county of Cork, where her Ladyshin's quence of which, the large estates of the princely seat of Mitchelstown Castle is family were again united. Her extreme situated, around which are numerous moyouth and beauty engrossed the public at numents of her munificence and charity; tention for a considerable time, particu- the peasantry are brought up in habits of larly as the ages of the pair did not to- | industry, upon plans peculiar to herself, in gether amount to thirty years, when her the manufacture of spinning, weaving, son, the present Earl of Kingston, was and making lace; all of which are carried born.
on with great spirit and advantage to The late Earl died in 1790, leaving her society. She is the good Christian, the a widow with twelve children; at which affectionate parent, and sincere friend, period her large property reverted into
HYMENA IN SEARCH OF A HUSBAND.
(Continued from Vol. VII. First Series, page 217.]
* The Doctor, as I have said, my dear 1 others.--I have told her 90,- I have told Hymenæa,” continued my aunt,
Edward so.' panied Edward into the coach which car. “ The Doctor shuddered at this a vowal. ried him to his patron. What was the Young man,' said he, sternly, “are you subject of their conversation can only be not aware that you are not the master of conjectured by the event which you will your own life,-that you are not its author, learn in the sequel. Suffire it to say at and must not be its terminator. That present, that he returned home pensive you have received your being from Provi. and not apparently well pleased. Edward, dence, as a player is put down by the manain a few days, left the country for Peters- ger for his part in a play ;-that you have burgh, and Clarissa i eturned bomc. to per form the part assigned you, and have
“In a few days afterwards, Sir William to expect reward or punishment as you go returned to the house of his guardian, and through it well or ill. We are all on the very naturally enquired for Clarissa, who stage of life, as the scene of the trial and was still absent, and indeed seemed in no the exercise of our virtues. To throw up haste to returi).
our parts, to reject our life, is to fly in the “Why do you continue to love this girl,' || face of the author of our being, to return said the worthy Doctor. “You see that him in defiance the opportunity he has she is determined against you,-unalter- given us of earning our immortality, and ably determined-
to insult bis wisdom by refusing to undergo “I can see no such thing, Sir,' returned the trials and sufferings to which he may the young lover ; 'if I could once see that, think suitable to expose us. There is no and intelligibly understand it, my resolu- thing, my boy, in this world happens by tion would be taken in a moment.'
chance. It is the wind, perhaps, blows « What resolution ?' said the Doctor, | down the tree, but it is the sufferance of cagerly. •Suppose, my dear boy, I could God, that the devoted passenger is passing give you proof positive, that you can have under it at the moment. Chance is but no hopes of Clarissa.-What would then the secondary instrument in the hands of be your purpose?'
the Almighty. He accomplishes every • My dear Sir,' replied the young man,thing by the readiest meaits; and, not unmy respect for you, and gratitude for the frequently, so shapes the end with these care with which you have superintended means ; so frames the execution according my education, make me unwilling to pain to the wheels which are already at work to you by the avowal of my purpose.' produce it, that the elect, when it does
“ You will infinitely oblige me, my happen, seems rather the natural issue of young friend,' said the Doctor, if you will | events, than of previous design or ordiconceal nothing from me, and I, on my || nance. But ifthere be a truth in nature, it part, will conceal nothing from you.' is this,-that those who put themselves
“ Your desires, my dear Sir, are com. | under the superintendance of God, who mands. Think me mad then, think me call for this superintendance, and who any thing but ungrateful to you, or un- have it, these persons, I say, have nothing mindful of your cares, when I acknow-to fear from chance. Those abandoned by ledge, that I could not support life after Heaven are rendered the sport of fortune, the conviction that Clarissa was to be an- "and in every respect the children of the
world. They rise or they fall,- they prosthus with Sir William His mistiess was per or they fail, according to the agency of ever present to his facx.--Every object worldly causes, and the natural course of but recalled her to his mind. worldly affairs. They are left entirely to “ In a few days Clairssa returned to her themselves, and worldly prosperity is of so uncle's. At first she was pensive, sought little weight or estimation in the eyes of solitude, and was peevish at interrup:ion. the Almighty author of our being, that This gradually wore off, and she seemed, this course of events is seldom interrupted. at least to external observation, to return to The wicked are thus permitted to fourish, herself. Sir Wiliam, however, jealously and, having sown in the world, to reap of the observed all her motions, and thence en. world. But with the virtuous, with those || deavoured to collect her thoughts and the who live under the eye of Providence, state of ber mind. Clarissa was always things are very different;-God then takes eager for the arrival of the post. The the affairs of the world, as far as concerns unexpected mention of the naine of Edthem into his own hands, and administers ward produced an evident commotion in them, as secondary causes, to produce his her whole fiane. She would start froin purposes ; sometimes as an instrument of her seat whenever it came upo! her by correction, and sometimes to cherish and surprize. The arrival of a letter would to encourage them.-Hence it follows that throw her into a flutter and evident palpithe most prosperous are sometimes the tation, which would be succeeded by a abandoned of Heaven, whilst the afflicted conscious confusion, when she found that are as frequently its favourites. Prosperity, it was not from Edward. Sir William did as the natural issue of worldly causes, falls ! not, indeed, see all of this, but he saw sometimes indifferently on the virtuous enough to render bim jealous, and thereby and the wicked.- Prosperity likewise, as to confirm and exasperate his love. the peculiar benefaction of Heaven, is the “ In a few days, however, a packet ar. instrument in the hands of God to reward rived which, izpon opening, was discovered and encourage virtue, and to harden and to be fiom Edward. It was dated from confirm (and thereby testify his justice) the Petersburgh. The letter was addressed to completely wicked.'
the whole family, but on opening it, the “ All this is true, very true, my dearest | Doctor found a small envellope, which lie Sir,' said the young man;' but
immediately put into the hands of Clarissa. “ Their conversation was here interrupt. My dear, this is addressed to you. I suped by the arrival of a visitor; the Doctor pose, however, it contains no secret.' sent Sir William to receive him, and con. “ I will make it a secret, however,' said tinued himself his walk in the garden. she, taking the letter, 'in order that your
“ How perverse is human nature,' said curiosity may be sharpened, and that you the excellent man, meditating to himself. may think me of importance.'-Saying this, 'flow strong and uncontroulable are human she consigned the letier to her pocket. passions. Yet not controulable, if the will book, indiferent as to the angry looks of te duly exercised, and operated upon by Sir William. The Doctor now began the the judgment. This young man must be perusal of the packet addressed to all of taken care of. I see that Edward and Cla-them in common. rissa understood bis nature and violence of disposition better than myself.'
“MY DEAR FRIENDS, " Things continued in this manner for
“ St. Peterslurgh, February, 1809. some days longer, till the return of Cla. My patron and myself have at lengtlı sissa. Sir William, during her absence, arrived at Petersburgh; and I am now seatonly cherished still more the violence of ed in a chamber impervious to the outward his passion. Solitude is as dangerous to the air, with double windows, double doors; lover as to the poet. All the passions, con. all these precautions are necessary in this nected with the imagination, are fostered | dreadful climate. The intevsity of the cold by solitude. They plume their wings, and is so excessive, that exposure to the extergather a new strength of pinion. It was nal air in the nianner of Europeans, would
be certain and instant death. Winter liere, future letters shall enter into more parindeed, holds his icy reign. The clouds ticulars. above, however, are still feccy and trans “ The Emperor Alexander, as you may parent, and so far a winter in the extremes perhaps have learned elsewhere, is a of the North has the advantage of an Eng- Prince of a very amiable deameanour; lish winter. In Eugland, you have every but, between friends, he is not very revariety of horrors.-In Russia the winter markable for his abilities. He precipitated months are free from fogs and rain, and if himself into war, contrary to the advice of you are but carefully invested in bear-skins his wisest councellors, and he precipitated and flui-tippets, you may live much more hiinselfout of it, and ran into the contrary comfortably than in England.
extreine, with equal folly, and equal blind“ I never was presented at the English ness to the true interests of his country. Court, and therefore have no idea of what His internal administration, however, is so may be its degree of magnificence. But 1 mild, that his subjects accept his modera have already attended the Earl to the lion in lieu of his more brilliant qualities. Court of the Emperor Alexander, and
“ The Court, however, and in a degree therefore have it in my power to say, that the Kingdom, is governed by the mistress, the magnificence of it exceeded whatever the Princess N--. It is a very false notion, I had conceived in imagination. Foreign | however, that this Princess is bribed over Courts, as I am informed, are conducted to the French party.-She certainly has with more ceremony and imposing spec- connected herself with that party, but the tacle than that of England, and the degree reason and the motive are, because the of humilation to be seen in a Russian Court,|| Empress Queen has embraced the oppo. would certainly not suit a land of freemen. site party. When one party, therefore, This, however, is dispensed with in the takes one side, be the subject matter ever person of the Ambassador and his su so indifferent, is it a rule in Courts, that The rule in this respect is, to require the the opposite party should take the other same homage which the Ambassador side. You see enough of this I should think is accustomed to give to his own Sovereign. in England, to require no further expla
“I have now but a passing opportunity | nation as to its existence in Russia." to inform you of my arrival, but in my
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FROM MULEY CID SADI, ONE OF THE SECRETARIES TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE PERSIAR
AMBASSADOR IN LONDON, TO OSMAN CALI BEG HIS FRIEND IN ISPAHAN.
At length, thou staff of my youth, || the manners and country of these dogs of and son of my riper age, Osman Cali Beg, | the earth, -of these Infidels. depositary of the secret purposes of our You have been accustomed to resolve all mighty Sovereign, whom may Alab pre- || my religious doubts. Answer me, O friend serve; at length, friend of my lieart, we of my soul! whence is it that Alah bas allowhave arrived in the land of the Infidels, anded, and cortinues to allow, this race of Infi. I ain now writing to you from a caravan dels to possess such wealth, such magnifisera in their chief town, called London.- | cence, and such a never-ceasing tide of I will now fulfil, to the utmost of my power, worldly prosperity ?-Whence is it, that what I engaged to perform on my depar- | those can prosper who have no faith in ture from Ispaban; and you may expect Mahomet ?-Whence is it, that those are from the pen and pencil of your friend a permitted even to breathe the air of heaven, skeich, if not a complete portrait of who know nothing of Fatima, and whe