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ther after recovering her liberty, retires to been observed that pain is only pleasure carFrance, whence, previous to her death, the ried to excess; the feelings, however, arising writes the above account. This is merely from fenfibility are in this instance wound an outline of the general business, which is up to luch a pitch as to leave not even a filled up with numberless episodes, each more trace of pleasure on the mind. We by rio

no melancholy than the other. Many of the means intend the above remark as a ceofore ; characters are well drawi), and the whole is we only wish that in future our fair Author extremely interesting; but it is such an un- would mix a little more of l'allegro in her interrupted series of misery without one in- productions, and adopt another motto istervening ray of comfort, as cannot fail to Head of affect too strongly hearts“ enriched with

Præcipe lugubres fenfibility and refined by experience.” It has “ Cantus." An ACCOUNT of the CIRCUMSTANCES which atterded the DEATH of ROUSSEAT.

[Illustrated by an elegant ExGKANG.] IN the afternoon of Wednesday, July 1; am in pain, and to have you a witness of

1778, ROUSSEAU took his usual walk my sufferings, is an addition to them; and with tus linie governor, 35 he called him: “ both your own delicate fate of health, and the weather was very warm, and he several the natural tenderness of your heart, unfit times stopped and desired liis little companion you for the light of olier people's sufferto reft himself (a circumstance not usual with “ ings. You will do me a kindness, and him), and complained, as the child afterwards “ yourself too, Madam, by retiring and related, of an attack of the colic ; which, “ leaving me alone with my wife for some however, was entirely removed when he returned to supper, fo that even his wife bad She returned therefore to the chateau, to no fufpicion of his being out of order. The leave him at liberty to receive without internext day he arole al bis uftial hour, went to ruption such affistance as his colic required, contemplate the rising sun in his morning the only alijstance, in appearance, which he walk, and returned to breakfast with his wife. Itood in need of,

Some time after, at the hour the gence As soon as he was alone with his wife, he Tally went out about her family business, defied her to sit down befide him. he desired her to call and pay a smith that had “ Here I am, my dear ; how do you find done some work for him; and charged her “ yourself ?” particularly to make no deduétion from bis " The colic tortures me severely, but I bill, as he appeared to be an bonett man ; “ intreat you to open the window; let me preferving to the last moments of his life, once more see the face of nature : bow thule sentiments of probity and justice which " bezutiful it is !" he enforced by bis example, pot le's persua- “ My dear husband, what do you mean by fively titan by his writings. His wife saying 1o ?” had been out but a few minutes, when “ It has always been my prayer to God, returning the found him fitting in a straw “ (replied he with the most perfect tranchair, and leaning with his elbow on a neft « quility ) to die without doctor or disease, of drawers.

" and that you may close my eyes : my “What is the matter with you, my dear? prayers are on the poin: of being heard. says she : do you find your felf ill ?.

“ If I have ever been the cause of any afflic. “ I feel, replies bie, a Itrange uneasiness “ tion to you; if by being united to me, yeu " and oppreffion, besides

severe attack of “ have met with any. misfortune, that you the celic."

"" would have otherwise avoided, I intreat Madame Rousseau, upon this, in order to " your pardon for it." have assistance without alarining bim, bessed Ah, it is my duty (cried the all in ters,) the porter's wife to go to the chateal, and " it is my duty, and not yours, to a fk for. tell that her husband was taken ill. Madame “ giveness for all the trouble and une liels de Girardin, being the filt whom the news “ I have occafioned to you! But what can reached, hurried there instantly, and as that you mean by talking in this manier" n as with her a very unusual tour of visiting • Liften to me, my dear wife. I feel titi Rouffeau, sbe, as a pretext for her coming, “ I am dying, but I die in perfect traque asked him and his wite, whether they had “ lity : I never meant ill to any one, am I not been diftu bed in the night by the noise « have a right to reckon upon the mercy of mule in the village.

" God. My friends have promised me never “Ah! madam," (answered Rousseau, in a “ to dispose, without your consent, of the pa. tone of voice that declared the feeling he had pers

I have put into their hind; the of her condescenfion) “I am perfectly “ Marquis de Girardin will have the bumi. ** sensible of your goodness, but you see I nity to clain the performance of then pre

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* mise. Thank the Marquis and his lady on “ single cloud. How pure and serene is this " my part; I leave you in their hands, and I day! O bow grand is nature ! See that " have a sufficient reliance on their friend. « fuo, whose smiling aspect calls me : be" thip, to carry along with me the satisfac- " hold youríelf that immense light. There "bury certainty, that they will be a father " is God; yes, God himself who opens for " and mother to you. Tell them I request " me his bofom, and invites me at laft to " their purmillion to be buried in their gara 66 taste that eternal and unalterable peace

den, and that I have no choice as to the “ which I had so eagerly defire.l."

particular spot. Give my souvenir to my At these words he fell forwards, drag" little Governor, and my botany lo Made. ging his wife down along with him. Ac"mmfelle Girardin. Give the poor of the tempting to raise him, the found bim speech“ village something to pray for me, and let less and without motion. Her cries brought " the honest couple who.c marriage I had all within hearing to her aßittance; the bo

settled, have the prelent I intended to dy was taken up and laid on the bed. At "make them. I charge you befides, parti• that mom.nt I entered, and taking his hand,

cularly to have my body opened after my I found it fill a little warm, and even ima.

death, by proper persons, and that an ex- gined his pulle beat ; the Mortness of the " att account of the appearances and diflec- time in which the fatal event had taken place, to be committed to writing."

the whole ha ing palled in less than a quarter In the mean time the pains he felt in- of an hour, left me a ray of hope. I sent crealed; he complained of Thooting pains in for the neighbouring surgeon, and dispatched the brealt and head. His wise being no a perfun to Paris for a Physician, a friend lunger able to conceal her affiction, he for. of Rousseau's, charging him to come withgot his own sufferings to console her.

out a moment's delay. I called for some " What, (laid he) have I lost all your af- alkali volalile duor, and made him smell "fection already; and do you lament my to, and swallow it repeatedly, all to no ef. " happiness, happiness never to have an end, fect. The consummation so delightful to " and which it will not be in the power of him, and so fatal lo us, was already com

men to alter or interrupt? See how clear pleted, and if his example taught me how the Heavens look, (pointing to the sky, in a to die, it could not teach me to bear his loss " kind of transport that seemed to collect without regret.

ali the energy of his soul) there is not a A JOURNAL of the PROCEEDINGS of the THIRD SESSION of the SIXTEENTH PARLIAMENT of GREAT BRITAIN.

HOUSE LORDS. "HE folllowing is the humble Address from the extension of trade, the improve

of the Right Hon. the Lords Spiritual ment of the revenue, and the increase of and Temporal, in parliament assembled, the public credit.

Die Martis, 24 Januarii, 1786. “ The promotion of the common interest "Moff Gracious Sovereign,

and prosperity of all your Majesty's subjects, " We, your Majesty's most Jutiful and was the object of those resolutions which we Iryal subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Tem. humbly laid before your Majesty in the last paral, in Parliament allembled, beg leave to feffion of parliament, as the foundation of a retorn your Majesty our humble thanks for permanent and equitable adjustment of the Four noft gracious Speech from the throne. commercial intercourse hetivcen Grea:-Pritain

" Impressed with the fullest conviction of and Ireland ; bu: pv effectual step having the blefiings which result from a state of ge- been taken in consequence of them by the Deral peace, it affords us great satisfaction to parliament of Ireland, the progress of that be informed that the disputes which appeared measure, however salutary, cannot properly to threaten an interruption to the tranquillity become the subject of our present considera a of Europe, have been brought to an amica- tion. ble concluíron ; and that your Majesty con. “ We humbly entreat your Majesty to be links to receive from foreign powers the persuadel, that the vigour and resources of trongest assurances of their friendly disposi- the country, which, with heart-felt satisfac. Lon towards this country.

tion, we observe are so fully manifested in " Earnestly interested in whatever may its present situation, cannot fail to excite a contribute to the Arength and splendour offtill more active attention to the important the nation, and the wealth of your Majesty's objects of national corcern, which your Ma. Subjects, we cannot but be deeply sensible jelly is pleased to recommend to our confide. of the advantages which must be derived ration ; and particularly to such measures as

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may be necessary to give further security to scribed by law to the exercise of our cis the revenue, and to promote and extend, as as well as religious liberties. Many, far as possible, the general industry of our faid, were the proofs to be adduced in sup country.”

pert, that the most facal consequences alway Jan. 30.

attend every attempt at innovation on wh This day the Lord Chancellor, after re. are the true principles of Liberty. Tie porting his Majesty's Answer * to their Ad either terminate in Democracy, or they ei dress, adjourned the House till Monday. in absolute Monarchy. Tuo periods of t. His Lordfhip then went in proceflion, ac- hiftory of this Kingdom plainly demonftrates companied by their Graces the Archbishops the fact; the arbitrary system in ope King of Canter bury and York, the Bishops of which foon drove him from his Throne; ar. Salisbury, Ely, Bangor, Gloucester, Exe. the fanatic Deniocracy of the people, whi! ter, and Rochester, with three other Bishops, in a former reign imbrued their hands into and one temporal Lord, to Westmitter- blood of their Sovereign. His Lordihip dren Abbey, and heard a sermon preached on the a very affecting picture of the contrast bere occasion of King Charles's martyrdom hy the and in elegant language established liis pro Right Rev. Dr. Hurd, Lord Bishop of Wor- miles, that departing from civil and religion celter, from the 2d chapter of the first Epitle liberty, as eltablimed by law, was the cer, of Peter, ver. 16.-" As free, and not using tain road to National destruction. Under

your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, religious Liberty, improperly applied, Deifm “ but as fervants of God."

u as openly acknowledged - Atheism ** His Lordibip began with a Thort view of publickiy alowed- Free-thw king had ne the establishment of Christianity, provin: hy latitude ; — and Free writing was carried to its precepts, that it tended to the establish- the extreme.-The preservation of civ land ment of civil and religious Freedom. He religious Liberty was a rock on which tie jaid, “the Gospel wrote to the cultivation salvation of this country depended—the abuse of Liberty;"--but as “no word was more of it was the certain weapon to destroy us. fascinating to the common car," so none bad Public policy, and private interest, required been more abused in the exercise of its true us to guard there bleflings; and by protectmeaning. To prove this, he took a view of ing the Constitution according to the estafurmer times, antecedent to the establishment blished law, secure peace, prosperity, and of Christianity, and from thence to the Re. harriners to ourselves. Every spirit of infurmation ; shortly but clearly pointing out novac on Tould be checked. We thoud how the word liberty had been used, as a combat all hazardous attempts at Reformacloak to cover the designs of those who ac. tion, as so many infinuating schemes to rob tually intended its destruction.

He tated us of our true and effential political welfare. the variety of struggles it underwent, buth - We Mould never permit the exercise of in ibis country and in others, and particu. such plans ; for Liberty has often been, and la:ly how it had been attacked under the may again be used as a cloak to cover the maid of religion ; an attack that drove the worst designs against our freedom. Supporters of the Protestant faith into foreign

Feb. 6. countries, by the true religious and civil li- Lord Ducie took his feat for the first herties of England being overthrown by time ; his Lordmhip was introduced between church dominion. This, bis Grace luid, gare Lord Scarsdale and Lord Rodney. fcope to “ Independency, under whose brod The Archbishop of Canterbury movedl, wing abore different sects

that the thanks of this House be given to formel," until at last one was formed on the Lord Bishop of Worcester, for the serthe most factious principles, and under the mon by him preaclied ou the zeth of Janumost insidious mark, which infulted the ary last, in the Abbey Church, WeitalinCrown, and evaded the Conftitution. This iter- Agreed to. unconditutional claim to independence was

Feb. 8. followed by a melancho:y event. The power Lord Effingham presented a Bill for the acquired by rebellion created a civil war; relief of infolvent Debtors-ihe same was and the bioody scene of gin ring the Sovereigia accordingly read a first time to death was "cloathed with public trial and Hooner was made by their Lord'hipe public condemnation." The mulk of reli- not to receive any reports from the Judge: slous Freedom was the ni dropped -- it was of en private Bills, atter the 17th day of April no furtar ute to the prers---they liad accomplished their purport, and wanted the diiguile nu louger. His Lituihip here expatiated Rad a third time and passed the American on the pervertion of die prmciples of the and New foundland Trad: Bill, without our huit contention that ever was formed-on position. the e:id ettec's of exceeding the bounds pre

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