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We have selected these two passages are obliged to repair suddenly to France, from this very entertaining and instruc- on account of Lady Belmont's fose tive work, as giving, in a few words, a comprehensive view of the moral de Miss Hammond is described as an sign of the writer, who, we understand, amiable and uncommonly sensible wois a young lady, and that this is her first man, universally beloved and respected, ditempt to acquire literary reputation, who, though considerably turned of which, in our humble opinion, it is cal. thirty, had every requisite to render her culated firmly to establith: From many the companion of youth ; lhe was live. circumstances in the narrative there is lg, entertaining, and Audious to please, reason to believe, that the principal but the inculcated the fame principles events in the affecting story of Againa as Lady Belmont, the fame dread of the are real facts, which, though orna. world, the same with for solitude. At mented with fiction, and made the ve. het house, however, Agatha enjoyed a hicle for the introduction of a variety of new scene, as she had never quitted characters and incidents interwoven home before, and promised herselt much with the main subje&t, have occurred in delight in seeing some of Mifs Hamthe life of some young female of a noble mord's friends, from whom she might family, driven from France by the Re- expect to receive invitations, and thus qolution, when the convenis were plun- enlarge her acquaintance. This acdered and demolished, and probabiv now cordingly happens : lhe is invited to residing with sume ytterhood of nuns in accompany Miss Haminond to Millon England.
Hall, by Miss Milson, the eldest daughThe language throughout is chaste, ter of Sir John Miron, a neighbouring correct, and elegant; and that impor. baronet. But this and all her, other tant leffon, the conquest of our paflions, prospects of temporary felicity are sud. is inculcated by the united force of pre- denly blasted. is Miss Hammond, the cept and example.
friend of her heart, her companion from Agatha is 'represented to he the her infancy, was leized with a violent daughter and only child of Sir Charles fever, and though every poflible alliftand Lady Belmont. Her mother, a ance was procured immediately, the diso French lady, for private reasons, directs order bafilled medicine, a delirium enthe course of her education to the at. sued, and the expired in the arms of her tainment of those accomplishm¢nts which distracted friend." may sender even a life of teciulion a This was the first of the many severe life of pleasure.“ A thousand inevi. trials Agatha had to undergo : The who table circumliances, she would say, a few days before had felt herself the may separate us from the world, and happiest of human beings, was now the from all we prize in it; let us not, moti miserable. She seemed alone upon therefore, leave ourselves friendless. the earth. Befide Miss Hammond, the A book, a pen, a pencil, are sure and had never had a friend, never a companion faithful friends.” “At the same time, for a day; and her parents far ultant, the drew such a dismal picture of the there seemed not a being in the world world, with all its delusive and cranfi. to whom he had the leait relation, or tory cojoyments, as was best calculated on whose regard the bad the finalleit to make her young pupil entertain an claim. early dread of entering into society. By the advice of the physician, The " Yet Agatha could not forbear think. determined to return home, after the ing that her mother reasoned too fe- last part duties had been paid to her terely; and with the arduur of youth. departed friend. On the melancholy ful hopes, the ftill fancied that the day of the funeral, she had shut hertelf world, baa as it was, might afford her up in a back parlour to avoid a prof. fome bappiness. Impressed with these pect of the fac proceflion and indulge ideas, and endued by nature with the her grief, when the door opened, and fundereft and most fusceptible of hear:5, a young man entered, on whose counie at the age of fixteen, when her beauty
were depicted the strongest and accomplishments formed the subject marks of agony and horror. A moft of conversation throughout the nei n. affecting scene erlues, and the young bourhood, the i: left under the care and man proves to be a brother of the dea protection of Miss Hammond, the only cealed lady, whom the had lamented as lady whom her parents nad received and dead in a foreign country. Sympathetic acknowledged as a friend, while they forrows and seeiprocal efforts to ceniole Vol. XXX. SEPT. 1746.
each other, end, as the reader will She is very soon put to the resere, canly imagine, in an attachment of and, in her case, crueltrial. Sir Charles the teoderir kind. Poor Agaiha, who and Lady Belmont return unexpectedly, had known nothing of the world, in- and are lurprized to find her walking tensible of the impropriety of remain. with Hammond, and leaning on his arm. ing in the house with Mr. Hammond, This circumstance contributes to induce is generously apprized of it by Hama them to take Agatha home with them mond himself, and accepis an invitation rather abruptly; and as soon as the has from Mifs Milfon, who conveys her to recovered from the agitation which her father's. At Millon-hall' the fa. their return, and leaving Milson-hall, mily and a number of singular charac- had occafioned, the fatal secret on which ters, as visitors, are introduced, and the melancholy story of Agatha, and the delineated in a masterly tyle, which adventures related as recent events de shews, that our young rovelift pofiefies peud, is disclosed to her. an extensive knowledge of human life, In consequence of a religious vow acquired chiefly by a great compass of made by her mother, the violation of reading.
which the would consider as an unpar. As it is impoflible to follow her in donable fin, Agatha consents, after a all the intereiting adventures the re- serere conftat, to become a latce, and the many characters the de- the affecting scenes of taking leave of Icribes, we shall only notice those her friends, of Hammond, and of her which are directly connected with the native country, ensue. She is ta. fate of Agatha. Of these, Mrs. Hu- ken by her parents to a remote pro. bert, a beautiful and accomplished wi vince in France, where Sir Charles had dow, is the principal, between whom purchased an estate near the convent and Agatha a predilection and friendiy in which they had resolved to place her. attachment took place foon after their In due time she takes the veil, and is first interview at Millon-hall.
not only reconciled to, but pleased with Hammond having received a polite her fituation. The character of the invitation from Miis Milson, when the Lady Abbess, the description of the took Agatha from his house, makes fre. convent, and anecdotes of some of the quent cxcurlions to Millon-hall, opens nuns, are painted in the most lively and his miod delicately to Agatha, becuines alluring colours, to abate the prejudices her ayowed admirer, is considered by justly entertained against the monastic all the family and their friends as her life, Here Agatha receives an unex. dettined husband, and as no reasonable pected vifit from Mrs. Hubert, who objection to him could be supposed on had accompanied a family in their tra. the part of her parents, meets with vels to the South of France for the be. proper encouragement from her. Yet, nefit of their health, but she carefully io her friend Mrs, Hubert she makes conceals from her that Hammond is one the following folemn declaration, wnich of the party. Mrs. Hubert returns to hould serve as an example for all ami. England, Hammond lives retired in the able young ladies; and as the stedfaitly neighbourhood of the convent, and adheres to it, and, in the end, triumphs Agatha passes the two fucceeding years over a laudable propensity by religious " in the duties of religion, charity, and fortitude and resignation, we cannot but friend hip, fill enjoying that peace conlider ihe circulation of such princi- which the world cannot give," whea ples, even through the channel of a No. inteiligence is received of the intended vei, as justly entitled to commenda- plunder and demolition of the convedts; tion.
and here begins the horrid narrative of “ In every circumstance, in every the massacres and other cruelries which trial of iny life, nothing lla ull tempt me were exercited throughout the unhappy to a breach of duty. And were I to kingdom of France at that period. Sir love with all the tenderness you have Charles and Lady Belinunt are obliged pourtrayer, and did my love promise to fly precipitately. The convent is a life of the most enchanting happi. attacked, the nuns disperse, and Aganess, yer while that and my duty tha escaping alone, is met on the road in printed different ways, duty ihould be the hands of two ruffians who had leiz. my conftant guides and I am firmly ed her, and is rescued by Hammond. resolved, that no confideration of self- After a number of extraordinary adven. felicizy tallerer prompt me to forsake tures, they arrive safe at Brittol, accom. it for a momento
panied by 3. Valorie and his family,
who at the hazard of their lives had ligence of the horrid fate of her pa. protected and concealed them in France. rents. Impritoned in France, after luf. St. Valorie's reflections on the happy fering every species of persecution in ftate of England contrasted with that attempting to escape the fury of the of France, form a beautitul apoitrophe, populace, Lady Belmont dies in a state which does equal honour to the head of distraction, and Sir Charles expires and heart of ine loyal writer. Agatha under the axe of the guillotine. is received with open arms, by Mrs. Agatha, after this dreadful fock, Hubert, and agrees to reside with her palles her life in retirement with a lifter till she has tidings of her parents. Ham- nun, who had escaped from the same mond continues to folicit her to make convent. him happy; but Agatha, “regarding her Such is the outline of this variegated vows as facred and inviolavic,'' with a mixture of truth and fable, in which are liberality which furnishes another bright intersperied some pretty pieces of pne. example to her sex, persuades him to
It is elegantly printed, and marry Mrs. Hubert. Having accom- cach volume is ornainented with a beau. plished this disinterested act of friend. tiful vignette, representing an intereft. thip, her last severe trials are the death ing scene in the narrative, designed by of these friends, and the dreadful intel. Stvthard and engraved by Granger,
Translation of the Letters of a Hindoo Rajah ; written previous to and during
the Period of his Residence in England. To which is prefixed a Preliminary Dissertation on the History, Religion, and Manners of the Hindoos. By Eliza Hamilton. 2 Vols. 85. Robinsons. 1796.
MISS HAMILTON, in an excel. dostan. To the merit of Mr. Hastings
lenc Preliminary Dissertation, takes our Authoress not only pays a just trie notice of the disadvantages to be eno bute of praise in a very elegant Dedica. countered by writers in every branch tion, but also in the Preliminary Differta. of Orientai Literature. “ The names tion. Having spoken of the restoration of the heroes of Greece and Rome are of their antient Laws ; a translation of Tendered familiar at a period of life there into the Persian and English lanwhen the mind receives every impres. guages; the encouragernent of Agricul. con with facility, and tenaciously re- ture; the security of Property; and tains the impressions it receives. With the blefling of Peace; the lays the name of every hero the idea of his “these falutary regulations, originaring character is associated, and the whole with Mr. Hastings, steadily pursued by becomes afterward lo connected in the Sir John Macpherson and Lord Corn. mind with the blissful period of life at wallis, and perfevered in by the prewhich it was first received, that the sent Governor-General, will diffuferhe recolle&ted scenes of juvenile felicity smiles of prosperity and happiness over may frequently, even in the most ac. the best provinces of Hindoftan, long scomplished minds, be found to give after the discordant voice of Perry Mall a zeft to the charms of the ancient au- have been humbled in the filence of thors. Of these advantages, resulting 'eternal rest, and the rancorous mire. from early prepossessions, the Persian presentations of envy and malevolence and Hindoo writers are entirely desti- much forgotten as the furid tute." Our Authoress (for these Ler- harangues and turgid declamations ters are original, though fictitious) goes which conveyed them to the short-lived on to give an account of the geogra- Dorice of the world." phical ħtuation, the Religion, Govern. The according voice of all Asia has ment, and Manners of Hindoftan; to uniforinly and loudly proclaimed the applaud tbe etforts of those persons, talents and virtues of Mr. Hastings ; chiefly the late Governor-General Mr. which are now also universally acknow. Ilatings, to whom we are indebted for ledged in Europe. "It is scarcely cre. what we know already, and from which dible that such declamations, as Miss we may expect farther discoveries of Hamilton so well describes, could have the Antiquities and Literature of Hiv. seduced the minds of men even for a
• For a specimen, see our Poetic Department,
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moment. They proved however the Rochilcund), directed his arms toward position of metaphyficians, that a mo- the extirpation of those Rajahs whose mentary belief attends even the vivid vicinity excited his jealousy and alarmed conception of an object. The princi- his pride. He succeeded but too well pal: orators were, according to the in the execution of his unjust design, phrase of the Poet Danie, Poets of and did not fail to make the most tyran. Evidence. They framed a theory, sup- nical use of the victory he had obo ported it with genius, and impressed it tained. Some of these Chiefs he ba. with the boldest imagery Magna nithed for ever from the long-enjoyed tamen ejt veritas et praevalebit. Miss seats of their ancestors, fome he reHamilton proceeds
moved to the other side of the Ganges, “ The change which has been effect. and from the few he suffered to reed in the character and manners of the main he stipulated the payment of an Hindoos, during so many years of silb. annual tribute *, and the impediate dejection and so many convulfiors in their posit of an exorbitant fine. political State, is not by any means so “ The Rajah Zaar-milla, who will great as such powerlul causes might foon be introduced to the acquaintance have been suppoled to have produced. of the reader, appears to have been In wandering through the defolased descended from one of those petry jlands of the Archipelago, or even on Sovereigns who weic obliged to put on the clatiic shores of Italy, the enlight. the galling yoke of their unfeeling ened traveller would in vain hope to conqueror, He however must be fupsecognize, in the present inhabitants, pored to have been among the number one remaining lineament of the diftin who were permitted to remain in their guishing characteristics of their illuftri. antient territories, while the family of ous ancestors. There the mouldering his friend and correspondent, Maan. edifice, the fallen pillar, and the bro. dara, appears to have been banished ken arch, bear alone their filent testi. from the province, and to have taken mony to the genius and refinement of shelter in the neighbourhood of Agra. the States which produced them. But This Mort sketch, imperfect as it is, in Hindoftan, the original features that may serve to give some idea of the marked the character of their nation state of Hindoftan, not only when the from time immemorial are still too visi. Letters of the Rajah, which are now ble io be mistaken or overlooked. to be laid before the public, were writ. Though they have, no doubt, loft ten, but antecedent to that period." much of their original purity and fim- The Rajah Zaar-milla conceives a plicity of manners, those religious pre- high idea of the wisdom of England judices which kept them in a state of and other European countries. The continual separation from their conque. Bramin Sheer-maal, who has been in yor, have tended to che preservation England, writes the Zemindar of their originality of character, and Maandara, his correspondent, and a all its correspondent virtues. In the friend of Zaar-milla's, that the acfew districts which, fecured by their counts which the Rajah had received insignificancy, or the inacce Ilibility of the wisdom and happiness of the of their fruation, retained their European nations, and particularly of independence, the original character Great Britain, had been greatly exag. Atill remains apparcnt. Such, till gerated. He endeavours to dissuade about the middle of the present cen. the Rajah from persevering in a refotury, was the fate of those whore ter. Turion he had formed of visicing Eng. ritories were situate along the moun. land; a land, as he had conceived, of tains of Rummaoom. The inhabitants such wisdom as well as wonders. Zaar. of this lofty boundary of the rich and milla's resolution is not to be shaken., fertile province of Ruitaher, continued He sets out for Calcutta, visits in bis
to enjoy the bleflings of independence way the British Camp, and renews his . and security, till that province was acquaintance with certain English offi. brought under the subjection of a hold cers, by whom he is furnithed with and successful Rohilla adventurer, who proper letters of introduction in Loncitablishing himself and his followers don. He has at Calcutia a foretafte in the poffeffion of Ruttaher (which of those sentiments, manners, and cur. from thenceforth took the name of soms, which he afterwards' fees dis
played on a more extensive and vari. he writes a series of letters to Maanous fcale in England. The plan dara, in perfect uniton with those of then, on which this very ingenious, the Bramin. amusing, and really inftruatire fi&tion As we do not often meet with a is conducted, is that of a correspon- production fo amusing, fo pure in modence between those three personages. rality, so faithful to truth and nature, The Bramin, Sheer-maal, wsites to the and written at the same time with so Rajah Maandara--the Rajah Maandara much delicacy as well as juftness of fen-' communicates the sentiments of the timent and taste, we lhall, in our next Bramin respecting England to the Number, present our read, gous with some Rajah Zaar-milla – Zaar-milla, noi. extracts, and then conclude with some withdtanding the remonftrances of the observations. Bramin, vilits England; from whence
(To be continued.)
The Adventures of Telemachus, the Son of Ulysses. Translated from the French
OF M. de Fenelon, Archbishop of Cambray, by the Author of the Differtation
on the Parian Chronicle. 2 Vols 12mo. 8. B. Law, Johnson, &c. No modern publication bas, perhaps, austere, were changed to a celeftial
been more generally read and ad- blue, and sparkled with a divine radio mired than Archbishop Fenelon's Ad. His grilly and neglected beard ventures of Telemachus. It was first disappeared, and an aspect of nobleness publithed at the Hague in 1699, after and grandeur, tempered with sweetness it had been prohibited at Paris. The and grace, dazzled the eyes of Telosame year it was printed at Rouen, and machus. He saw a female countenance, feveral other places, but no where in with a complexion more foft and delicate France, by permission, during the life than a tender flower just opening to of Louis XIV. In 1717, after the the sun. He beheld the pure luftre of death of the Archbishop, his heirs gave the lily, blended with the vivid blush a new edition, which, they said, was the of the role. Eternal youth bloomed in only one that was conformable to the her face, and unaffected majesty ap- . original manuscript. Since that time peared in every attitude. Her flow this excellent work has been often re- ing trelles diffused an ambrosial odour. printed, and translated into almost all Her robes thone like those lively colours the languages of Europe. In English we with which the fun, when he rises, have it in eight or ten different versions, paints the vault of heaven, and irradiates vn, by Ozeli, Littlebury and Boyer, the clouds. This Dcity did not touch Kelly, Smollett, Des Maizeaux, Hawker: the ground with her toor, but glided worth, Proctor, &c. yet it never ap- through the air like a bird in its peared, perhaps, to so much advantage fight. In her powerful hand the held es in the present tranflation.
a glittering spear, capable of terrifying The Editor has avoided all mean and whole nations, and causing Mars hinivulgar phrases on the one hand, and all relf to tremble. Her voice was sweet fantastic embellishments on the other, and gentle, yet strong and penetrating. The sentiments of the original author Her words were like darts of fire, that are expressed in clear, cafy, natural, and pierced the fuul of Telemachus, and Loaffe&ted language, or with that grace- made him feel a kind of delicious pain. fu fimplicity which is the greatest Upon her helmet appeared the folitary beauty of style.
bird of Athens, and the tremendous The following extract, in which ægis glittered at her breast.” Bk. xxiv. Pinelon describes the transformation of The translation is accompanied with Meator, may serve as a specimen : the life of Fenclon, and a considerable
" As soon as the sacrifice was ended, number of uteful notes. This produce he followed Mentor into the darkest tion of ine amiable Fenelon, as exhibita part of an adjoining grove, where he ed in the present version, is, we will perceived a sudden alteration in the ap. venture to say, one of the most instruc. pearance of his friend. The wrinkles tive and entertaining publications tk at of his fore head immediately vanished can be put into the hands of young like the thades of night, when Aurora people. It is calculated, at the same with her rosy fingers opens the gates of cime, to charm their imagination, to the east, and illuminates the whole hori. improve their talte, and inspire them a. His eyes, which were hollow and with the love of wisdom and virtue.