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after his usual fatigue in the hurry of things went on very smoothly, till a fatal business on the Rialto, “ Ten times letter blackened all the profpect, and this very day, continued he, have I told him, that a paffenger on board had been upon the point of a lucky hit, and contrived to carry with him a parcel of some cro!s circumstance or other, has contraband wares, which he offered to still broke in upon my fchemes. What sale,- that the cheat had been discover. fignifies all our caution or industry,, or ed, the ship and cargo confiscated by integrity ? They can neither prevent ill the laws of the country, the commander success, nor secure good. Chance will, and his whole crew confined in prison, after all, have the most to do in our and the names of all concerned in affairs ; and therefore he that trusts moft freighting the vessel made infamous up. to chance is the wisest man, For my on the public mart, by a solemn propart, I shall depend upon nothing, but clamation. -" Alas! cried the mer. being disappointed in whatever I de- chant, would to heaven my goods had pend upon, for the future.”
With perished e'er I sent them on this unhapthese and many more fagacious remarks py venture !Who would have thought of this fort, did the frettul Bartolini a. it? My credit ruined !-My name inmuse himself, till he had by degrees are famous !-Oh! that I had seen my goods gued, and convinced himself, out of burnt in the port of Venice, added he, every good quality he carried about him. with an emotion which waked him; and
And tho' he was in general a very which made him happy in recollecting, honest and rational man, he might justly that instead of all these misfortunes, he have been deemed at the moment when had only lost a night piece of building, he went to rest that night, as abandoned and the mere opportunity of sending by a knave and infidel, as chagrin and ill- one con enience, which he still had in humour could make him.
his power to send by another. His eyes were scarce closed, when Bartolini's mind was too much agiFancy, by an operation very common tated by what had passed, and seemed in fleep, put his life, if I may be in to pass, to admit of any reflection. dulged in the expression, twelve hours He awoke just to be relieved from the backward, and set him going again, solitude his dream was pregnant with, just in the temper and fituation, in which and then sunk a second time into llum. he begun the unlucky day he had been ber. Before he had continued long in complaining of. The first person he that situation, a person of a very open had seen that morning was a messenger, countenance, corrected with a decent who informed him, that a fiore-house of gravity, appeared to approach and achis had taken fire, and that the mer cost him, “ Signior, said the stranger, chandize in it, which was to have been you have spent a whole day in arraignput on board a ship to fail that day, ing the providence, which befriended mull wait for some future opportunity! you just as much in what you
This was the real fact; and it was have loft, as it ever did in those events one of thole lucky hits which the mer- which you have esteemed, and in those chant was so angry to have missed. But which really were the happiest in your his dream promised him much better whole life. If you will promise to make fortune ; it brought the same messenger amends, by judging with more candor to tell him, that the goods were actu- for the future, I will show you the mis. ally failed in that very ship.--And as fortunes you have missed to.day.” The imagination frequently crowds the trans- merchant was a little startled at this adactions of a long time, into a few mi- dress; but the strong effect of his own ‘nutes, Bartolini received advices from reasoning on the subject, founded, as the captain of a prosperous voyage. - he persuaded himself, on experience, 'The hip had arrived at the port prevented his giving any other answer, The laniors had begun to unlade.-And than a nod, which bespoke a fulky
fort of acquiescence, rather than ap- Does not your rich uncle live near the probation,
place! It is even 10 ; and I dare lay “ You have feen, said the stranger, you have not forgot with what earneftin your dream, what might very pro- ness you prelied your son to spend this bably have been the result of your fuc- very evening with the old gentleman, ceeding this morning in the first thing in order to ingratiate himself; and with - you proposed. But as that showed you what peevith vexation you heard him only what might have been, I shall plead an engagement of his own, to exmake no application of it now ; what 'cuse himself from obeying your comI am going to acquaint you with, has mands.--- See now, what would have really happened already, short as you been the consequence-Your son would may think time, since you saw the open- have passed by the murderer's post 2. ing of the transactions, whose event -lone-He would have had the itiletto you will now see..
in his heart, and you would this instant You remember the two men who were have received the intelligence of his in such hafte to purchase a certain quan- death. Say then, whether you have tity of your goods, that they seemed ut. 'not been made the luckiest man in the -terly regardless of the price.--You re- world, and saved, by a trifiing disapmember too, that the unreasonableabsence pointment, from one of the severeit atof a servant whom you had entrusted fictions human nature is here exposed to. with the care of those goods, prevented their dealing with you; and sent them **** ******* to another merchant, who was as much
From the BRITISH MAGAZINE. pleased as yourself, with the advanced sum they offered, and put them into im
To the EDITOR. mediate poffeffion of the commodities AM the son of a younger brother they required;- this you thought a great of a good family, who at his dea piece of ill luck. But let me set you cease left me a small fortune of a hunright in the matter. Those men were ar- dred pounds a year. I was put early rant cheats and counterfeits. The bills to Eton school, where I learned Latin they drew for payment mere forgeries. and Greek, from whence I went to the The security they gave all a fiction, and university, 'where I learned not totally the merchant who has been fo happy to to forget them. I came to my fortune obtain the misfortune you have been de. when I was at college ; and having no prived of will too soon discover it.—The inclination to follow any profession, I rogues have already disposed of their removed myself to town, and lived for purchase in little lots at an under rate, some time, as most young fellows do, and there they lye in a tavern where they by speeding four times my income. It have been spending the produce of their was my happiness, before it was too bargain..-One dead drunk upon the floor, late, to fall in love, and to marry a the other in the arms of a courtezan. very amiable young creature, whose for.
Turn your eyes a little from the ta tune was just sufficient to repair the vern, and you will see an ill-looking breach made in my oan. With this meagre fellow, lurking in the corner of agreeable companion I retreated to the a street, with his hand upon a ftiletto, country, and endeavoured, as well as I which he hides in his bosom. He is was able, to square my wishes to my cirwaiting for a company, which he sup- cumstances. In this endeavour I lucposes to bave met in the neighbourhond ceeded so well, that excepting a few to celebrate a wedding The company private hankerings after a little more did indeed meet; but they have been dis- than I posselied, and now and then a perfed some time, and all, as it happen- sigh when a coach and fix huppened 10 ed, went home another way-So that drive by me in my walks, I was in vary the ruffian is likely to lose his labour. bappy man. But tell me, do not you know that spot?
I can truly assure you, Sir, that a time the happiest man living. My though our family oeconomy was not income was now increased to fix hunmuch to be boalted of, and in con dred a year, and I hoped, with a little sequence of it we were frequently driven economy, to be able to make a figure to great streights and difficulties, I ex with it. But my wife's bad ftate of perienced more real satisfaction in this health, which in less easy circumstances humble situation, than I have ever done had not touched me fo nearly, was cons since in more enviable circumstances. ftantly in my thoughts, and foured all my We were indeed sometimes a little in enjoyments. The consciousness too of debt; but when money came in, the having such an estate to leave to my boy, pleasure of discharging what we owed made me doubly anxious to preserve him, was more than an equivalent for the and instead of suffering him to run at pain we suffered : and, though the nar- pleasure where he pleased, and to grow rowness of our circumstances subjected hardy by exercise, I almost destroyed us to many cares and anxieties, it serv. him by confinement. We now did noed to keep the body in action as well thing in our garden, because we were as the mind : for, as our garden was in circumstances to have it kept in prosomewhat large, and required more per order by others : but as air and exhands to keep it in order than we could ercise were necessary to our healths, afford to hire, we laboured daily in it we resolved to abridge ourselves in fome ourselves, and drew health from our unnecessary articles, and to set up an neceffities.
equipage. This in time brought with I had a little boy who was the de- it a train of expences, which we wantlight of my heart, and who probably ed prudence to foresee, and courage to might have been spoiled by nursing, if prevent : for as it enabled us to extend the attention of his parents had not the circuit of our visits, it greatly inbeen otherwise employed. His mother creased our acquaintance, and subjected was naturally of a fickly constitution ; us to the necessity of making continual but the affairs of her family, as they entertainments at home, in return for engrossed all her thoughts, gave her no those we were invited to abroad. The time for complaint. The ordinary charges that attended this new manner troubles of life, which to those who have of living, were much too great for the nothing else to think of, are almost in- income we possessed ; so that we found supportable, were less terrible to us, ourselves in a very thort time more nethan to persons in easier circumstances : cessitous than ever. Pride would not for it is a certain truth, however your suffer us to lay down our equipage; and readers may please to receive it, that to live in a manner unsuitable to it, where the mind is divided among many was what we could not bear to think cares, the anxiety is lighter than where of. To pay the debts I had contractthere is only one to be contended with. Rd, I was soon forced to mortgage, and Or even in the happiest situation, in the at last to sell the best part of my estate ; midt of ease, health, and affluence, the and, as it was utterly impoffible to keep mind is generally ingenious in tor- up the parade any longer, we thought menting itself, losing the immediate en- it adviseable to remove on a sudden, to joyment of those valuable blessings, by fell our coach in town, and to look out the painful suggestion, that they are too for a new situation, at a greater dif. great for continuance.
tance from our acquaintance. These reflections I have since made : But unfortunately for my peace, I for I do not pretend todeny that I often carried the habit of expence along with lighed for an addition to my fortune. me, and was very near being reduced The death of a distant relation, which to absolute want, when, by the unexhappened five years after our marriage, pected death of an uncle and his two gave me this addition, and made me for Tons, who all died within a few weeks
of each other, I succeeded to an estate but the perpetual hurry in which we of seven thousand pounds a year. live, renders us incapable of looking
And now, Sir, both you and your out for objects ourselves; and the agents readers will call me a very happy man; we trust are either pocketing our bounand so indeed I was. I fet about the ty, or bestowing it on the undeserving. regulation of my family with the most At night, when we retire to rest, we pleasing satisfaction. The fplendor of are venting our complaints on the mimy equipages, the magnificence of my series of the day, and praying heartily plate, the croud of servants that attend. for the return of
peace, which was ed me, the elegance of my house and the only companion of our humblest fifurniture, the grandeur of my park and tuation. gardens, the luxury of my table, and When pain, sickness, and absolute the court that was every where paid me, want, are out of the question, no exgave me inexpreffble delight, so long as ternal change of circumstances can rằnthey were novelties; but they were no der a man more lattingly happy than he sooner become habitual to me, than I was before. It is to an ignorance of lost all manner of relish for i hem ; and this truth that the universal dissatisfacti. I discovered, in a very little time, that on of mankind is principally to be ascribby having nothing to wish for, I had no. ed. Care is the lot of life ; and he thing to enjoy. My appeti e grew pall- that atpires to greatness in hopes of ed by fatiety, a perpetual croud of vili. getting rid of it, is like one who throws tors robbed me of all domestic enjoy- himself into a burning furnace to avoid ment, my servan's plagued, and my the tiverings of an ague. Iteward cheated me.
The only satisfaction I enjoy in my But the curse of greatness did not end present fituation is, that it has not here. Daily experience convinced me plealed heaven in its wrath to make me that I was compelled to live more for a king. others than for myself. My uncle had
Your's, &c. been a great partyman, and a zealous
H. L. opposer of all ministerial measures; and as his estate was the largest of any gen
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From the BRITISH MAGAZINE. titors. My father had been greatly o bliged by the court party, which deter H fory of Marius and Lucinda.
URING the late war between on that fide ; but the difficulties I had to encounter were too many and too ed in the British troops a young officer, great for me: so that I have been baf. whose true name I thall conceal under Bed and defeated in almost every thing that of Marius. Besides his commifI have undertaken. To defert the cause fion, which was that of captain of foot, I have embarked in, would disgrace me; he had a small paternal estate, that deand to go greater lengths in it will al- scended to him from a very ancient and most undo me. I am engaged in a per. very honourable family. His person was petual state of warfare with the princi- what might be juttiy filed agreeable, pal gentry of the country, and an curteil and his parts and education seemed exby my tenants and dependants for ob. acily suited to his birth, and to his emliging them to vote, as they are plealed ployinent. He had joined to that frankto tell me, contrary to their consciences. ness of behaviour, which is observable
My wite and I had once pleased our in gentlemen bred in the army, a natufelves with the thought of being useful ral sweetness and affability of temper to the neighbourhood, by dealing out which rendered him universally beloved our charity to the poor and industrious; by all that knew liim. To a very good VOL. III.
mined me in gratitude to declare myleif D England and France
, there ferv
voice he had added a competent skill in make him the happiest man in the world. mufick; and what rarely happens, tho'he Marius behaved himself in a manner Jung very well, yet he did it with little very different from most modern hur. intreaty, and without the least affecta. bands; he grew the funder of Lucintion. Thus qualified, it is not to be, da for being his wife ; and there was wondered that Marius kept the best not a day passed in which he did not company. Was there a meeting of give her marks of the most tender affecmirth or good-fellow hip amongst the tion; he bought her cloaths, and every mnen, Marius was sure to be a guest: thing else, much superior to those of was there a ball, or other polite assem. persons of the same quality ; nay, he bly of both sexes, Marius was sure to even grew near in his own expences that be invited.
he might be profuse in her's. Lucinda, After having spent two or three years for her part, could not but be sensible entirely in Flanders, he at last, at the of the change, to the indulgence of a close of a campaign, obtained leave to fond husband from the humours of a come over for the winter, in order to peeviib aunt; and as she could not but take care of his private affairs in Eng- consider Marius as the sole author of land. As soon as he arrived, he let her happiness, the therefore seemed to out immediately for that part of the treat him with the utmost love and e. country, where his eltate lay; where, teem. In fine, they regarded themamong the visits which on this occasion felves, and were regarded by every bohe paid the neighbouring gentry, le dy else, as the happiest couple in the happened at a distant relation's of his world. own to see the fair Lucinda. She was But alas ! how. uncertain is human niece to the lady of Marius's relation, felicity show fleeting is sublunary bliss! who, on her parents dying, and leaving Scarce had Marius been two months her very young, and with but a very married, ere he received orders to reNender fortune, had taken her into the pair to Germany. On this, settling house, and kept her ever since. Lucin- his affairs, so as to make his wife as eada was then about 18, exquisitely beau- sy as poslīble in his absence, after tak. tiful, and of a temper far from being ing a molt affectionate leave of Lucindisagreeable ; her greatest foible was a da, he set out for the army; but with love of mean company, which was in that heaviness of soul which words are fonie measure owing to that austerity unable to express, and of which those with which she was treated by her un- 'only can be sensible who have felt the cle and aunt, which made her industri- parting pangs of love. oully shun their company, and keep as Lucinda appeared at first inconsoleamuch as the could among the servants, ble; she shut herself up in her apart. where she enjoyed that freedoin of which ment, saw no company, and behaved young people are naturally fond. This herself in such a manner, ihat one however had a very bad effect upon her, would have thought the loss of Marius and was indeed the principal cause of would have broke her heart. Time, her misfortunes, since thereby the lost however, quickly letlened her grief : by degrees the relish of genteel conver- the violence of her affection was abated sation, and hindered herself from hav- in a few days, and hy degrees she reing any taste of politer pleasures than sumed her natural gaiety and easiness of such aswere to be met with amongst them. temper. There lived in the saine town,
Marius was smitten at the first sight where Marius left Lucinda, a barber. of Lucinda, and immediately made his This fellow, who formerly liad lived in addresses to her: the consent of her re- London with some young rakes, as a tations being easily obtained, in about valet de chambre, by affecting their pert a fortnight's time lie was in possesion of infolvent way of behaviour, and lingwhat he thought he alone wanted to ing scraps of a few lilly amorous-songs,