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months in sight of us: its general, powerful Deity, if a God, the protranquil at present within his en- iector of Poland, has inspired me trenchments, impatiently waits, un- with this hardy project, to termitil, forced by famine, fhall sur- nate her evils; if thy good fortune render myself at discretion. shall procure a fuccefs equal to thy

Behind my camp are marshes courage, what a glorious prosperity which he thinks impracticable : the will be achieved by means of this moment that it is night, we shall noble daring ! traves se them. I have disposed of

M. de P°* * * will no isee, in every thing in such a manner that my camp, other than citizen-folthe enemy 'will he deceived, and diers, the foes of foreigners, but not perceive my retreat until it is still faithful to their king: under too late. I hope therefore to be my patriotic tents, he will respire, able to steal more than an hour's as it were, the air of liberty, and march upon them, and, if fortune the love of his country : the eneseconds me, perhaps a whole day. mies of the state shall become his; I shall advance straight forward to our brave nobility, ashamed of their Warsaw by the great road that indolence, will readily combat unleads to that capital

, notwithstand der the royal banners, for the coming the eflorts of the little Ruffian mon caufe; the Ruffians shall either bands who hover continually in its be cut in pieces, or be obliged to neighbourhood. I shall either en pass the frontiers :

:--my friend, in counter and conquer these separate thee thy country shall behold her ly, or, if they form a junction on saviour? purpose to stop my progress, I shall at least be able to occupy their at- Pulauski kept his word.' That tention in such a manner that they very night he accomplished his rewill not be able to impede your treat

, with equal skill and success, operations.

by traversing the marshes in pinIn the mean time, Lovzinski, found filence. My friend, iaid' iny you will have preceded me. Your father-in-law to me, as foon as we forty followers, disguised, and armed were out of the reach of the enemy, only with fabres, poniards and pif- it is now time that you should leave tols concealed under their clothes, os. I know well that my daughter fall have arrived at Warsaw by has more courage than another wodifferent roads. You must wait man ; but she is a tender wife, and there until the king has left his pa.

an unfortunate mother. Her tears Tace : you are then to carry him off

, will affect you, and you will lose in and to bring him to my camp her embraces that strength of mind, The enterprie is bold-ralı

, if you that dignity of foul, which now beplease fo to term it ; the march to come more necessary to you than Warsaw is difficuit; the ftav in it ever : I advise you, therefore, to be dangerous ; the return from it ex-gone, without bidding her farewell. tremely perilous. If you are van.

Pulauski pressed me, but in vain, quished, if you are taken prisoner, for I was unable to consent. As you will perish, Lovziniki ! but soon as Lodofkaknew that I should you will perith a martyr to liberty depart a one, and perceive! ih and Prauki, jealous of fo glorious we were resolved not to inform ht": an end, fighing at being obliged whither, she ihed torrents of t. :) to survive you, Thall send Russians, and strove to detain me. thousands of Ruffians, to accompa- to hesitate. ny you to the tomb !

Lovzinski, cries my father-!!" But on the contrary, if an all-I at this critical mome.., lo

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depart! Wife, children, relations, near the collegiate church, and soon all ought to be sacrificed, when it is after proceeds, demanding charity necessary for the salvation of your even at the gates of the royal pacountry.

lace, where be observes every thing I inítantly mount my horse, and that passed. Several of the confpimake such hafte, that I arrive by rators walked up and down the lix the middle of the next day at Czen-'narrow streets in the neighbourhood stachow. I here found furty brave of the great fquare, where Kaluv. men waiting for me, and determin

iki and myself were posted. We ed for the most hazardous enter. remain in ainbuscade" during the prise.

whole day, and part of the afterGentlemen, said I to them, we are now met on purpose to carry At fix o'clock at night the king king out of the midst of his own leaves the palace ; he is followed, capital. Those capable of attempt- and is seen to enter the hotel of ing such a bold enterprise, are alone his uncle, the grand chancellor of capable of effecting it : either fuc- Lithuania. cels or death awaits us !

All our followers receive notice After this short harangue, we of his event, and allemble instantly : prepare to depart. Kaluviki fore

they throw off their miserable warned of our design had already clothes, saddle their horses, and procured twelve waggons, loaded prepare their arms, in the large - with hay and straw, each of which {quare belonging to the convent, was drawn by four good horses. where their movements are entirely

We instantly disguise ourselves as concealed. They then fally forth, peasants; we hide our clothes, pur after the other, under Cabres, our pistols, and the saddles favour of the night. Too well of our horses, in the hay with known in Warsaw to hazard apwhich our waggons were partly pearing there without disguising filled; we agree upon certain figns, myself, I still wear my peasant's and I give them a watch-word, to dress, and I mount an excellent be used according to circumstances. horse, caparisoned, however, after -Twelve of the confpirators, com- the common manner. manded by Kaluvski, enter into I then point out to my followers Warsaw, accompanied by as many the different posts in the suburbs, waggons, which they themselves which I had assigned them before conduct. I divide the rest of my our departure from the convent, little 'troop into several brigades, and they were dispersed in such a on purpose to avoid suspicion: each manner, that all the avenues to the is ordered to march at some di- | palace of the grand chancellor were fance from the other, and to gain carefully and Atrictly guarded. the capital by different gates.

Between nine and ten o'clock at We depart, and on Jaturday the night, the king comes forth on pur2d of November, 1771, arrive at pole to return home ; and we rę. Warsaw, and lodge together at a mark, with joy, that his attendants convent belonging to the Domini- were far from being numerous. cans.

The carriage was preceded by two On the next day, which was men, wlio carried flambeaux, some Sunday, and which will for ever officers of his suite, two gentleinen form a memorable ep ch in the and an esquire followed. i know annals of Poland, one of my people not what was the name of the gran. of the name of Stravinski, being dee in the coach along with the covered with rags, places himselt king. There were two pages, one



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at each door, two heydukes running the hair ; feven or eight of the by the ide of the equipage, and conspirators surround, difarm, overthree footmer, in the royal livery, power him, and presling him bebehind.

tween their horses, make off at full The king proceeds flowly : part gallop, towards the end of the of my people assemble at some di. itreet. ftance; twelve of the most deter- During this moment, I confess to mined spring forward : I put my you, that I thought Pulauki had felf at their head, and we advance bafely deceived me ; that the death at a good pace.

of the monarch was resolved upon, As there was a Rullian garrison and that a plot had been formed to at that very moment in Warsaw, assassinate him. wê affect to speak the language of All of a sudden I form my rethose foreigners, so that our petty solves ; I clap spurs to my horfe, iroop might be mistaken for one of overtake the little band, cry out te their patroles.

them to stop, and threaten to kill We overtake the carriage at about the firtt perion who thould dare to a hundred and fifty paces from the disobey me. grand chancellor's palace, and ex

That God who is the protector of zaly between those of the bishop of good kings, watched over the safety Cracow, and of the late grand ge- of M. de P --! Kaluvski and neral of Poland.

his followers stop at the found of All of a sudden we pass the heads my well-known voice. We mount of the foremost horses, so that those the king on horseback, make off at who preceded, found themselves full sped, and regain the ditch separated from those who furrounded that furrounded the ci'y, which the the royal equipage.

monarch is constrained to leap, in I instantly give the signal agreed company with us. upon. Kaluvkki gallops up with the At that moment a panic terror remainder of the conspirators: I takes poffèfon of my troop; at present a pistol to the postil.on who fifty paces diftant from the ramparts, instantly stops ; the coachman is there were no more than seven who fired upon, and is precipitated be turrounded the person of the king. neath the wheels. Of the two hey- The night was dark and rainy, dukes who endeavoured to defend and it was necessary to dismount at their prince, one drops, pierced every instant, purpose to with two balls ; the other is over.- found the morals with which we turned by means of a back-handed were surrounded. stroke from a fabre, which he re- The horse on which the monarch ceives on the head; the steed be rode fell owice, and broke his leg at longing to the esquire fails down the second fall : during these violent covered with wounds; one of the movements, his majesty loft his pages is dismounted, and his horfe pelisse *, and the Moe betonging to taken ; pistol. balls fly about in all his left foot. directions in short, the attack was If you wish that I should follow so hot, and the fire fo violent, that you, fa,s he to us, you must furnish I trembled for the king's life. ine with another horse and a pair of

He himself, however, preserving boots. the utmost coolness in the midst of We remount him once more, and, the danger, had now descended on purpose to gain the road by from his carriage, and was striving which Pulauski had promised me to to regain his uncle's palace on foot. Kaluyłki arrefts and feizes him by.

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advance, we resolve to pass through, effects of which are easiest to be
a village called Burakow : but the feen, is ambition.
king exclaims, Do not

way ;

As this passion sometimes grows there are Russians there!

so violent, as to abforb all the

powI immediately change our route ; ers of the mind, so it is oftentimes But in proportion as we advance of the greatest benefit to mankind through the wood of Beliany, our in general, and to those who are number continues to diminish. In governed by it; nor does it feem a fhort time I perceive nobody reasonable to suppose that the bearound me but Kaluvski and Stra. nevolent Author of our

being rinski: a few minutes after, we are Tould have implanted in us palchallenged by a Rtiflian centinel on fions so powerful, as at times to be

horfeback, at whole voice we in heyond the reach of reason, were , stantly stop, greatly alarmed for our it not to some useful purpose, and safety.

contributory to our happiness. Let us kill him! cries the fero. The desire of glory is not blamecious Kalúvíki, pointing to the able in it elf, but worthy of praise ; king. I instantly avow to him, therefore, if ambition can be in any without difguise, the horror which wise accounted criminal, it must be furch a proposition inspired me with. from its effects, which are usually Very well, you may then take upon pure as the spring from whence they you the task of conducting him, How. It may, indeed, be urged, adds this cruelhearted min, who that it has been the occasion of much immediately aíter precipitates him. mischief, and that it sometimes felf into the woods. Stravziniki pufhes men on to commit unjust follows him, and I alone remain actions, to obtain the object of its with the king.

wish ; but this is not often the cafe,

lince dishonour always attends ou (To be continued.) injuttice, and it consequently coun

teracts its own ends. Though in

some cafes it may have been the On AMBITION.

cause of injustice, yet it is, on the

contrary, generally the fource of « The thirst of Fame is violent, the the greatest and noblest achieve

defire of Honour is powerful ; and iments. in youth, when reason is he who gave them to us, gave them not yet in its blossom, it fires the for great purposes."

mind of man, and hastens him on Oecon. of Human Life, Part II. in the pursuit of glory, to acts

worthy of reason the moft refined and T may be observed, that though exalted; and when he arrives at a

man is a being endowed with mature age, then reason' affumes the power of reasoning; and though her authority, and what in the beit is this, which principally distin- ginning was only an enthusiastic gu Mhes him from the brute crea- paskon, ends in the most solid and tion; yet reason, in the affairs of Jife, hath but small influence over

Were we strictly to examine the us, almost all onr act ons being di-conduct of our greatest men, both rected by the passions. Every man ancient and modern; could we lay has some predominant passion, which open their hearts before us, and directs the exertion of his active view them in every part, it would powers to good or bad ends ; but in most cases appear, that ambition that which gains the ascendancy in was their grand and primary mo. the generality of mankind, or the tive of action : we fhould see them



permanent virtue.



disdaining a dishonourable action, | misery, rather than be the occasion not from any conscientious motives, of his acting against his judgment but merely for the preservation of and his conscience. that ineftimable gem, their honour ; Crook, struck with the exalted and thus grasping at fame, at length rentiments, and strengthened with satiate themselves with the shadow the farther encouragements, of lo of virtue, and pursue the original dear and perfuafive a friend, altered itseif; fenfible by experience, that his purpose, and not only gave his this alone is the foundation of all opinion against the king, but artheir hopes.

gued with a noble boldness and Instead of complaining of what hrmness on the lide of law and we conceive to be imperfections, we liberty. thould confider, that, the great Being who gave us all the paslions, likewise gave us reason to direct The VISION OF FEMALE Excelthem; and no doubt but all was for our gord. We examine but one fide of the object, and immediately Beauty in vain her sparkling eyes may pronounce our judgment; but were roh : we thoroughly to consider and in- Charms ftrike the fight-but merit vest:gate his works, we should find, wins the soul.

Pope * All disord, harmony not under: Say, man-wbat more delights thee food,

than the fair? "All partial evil, universal good." We rule the noisy world--but they

rule us ; We ought therefore, for these

Then teach them how to guide, and reasons, to consider ambition as a hold the rein, with judgruent. blefling necessary to our prosperity, Their applause may once again reftore and cultivate it accordingly; oh- the quiet reign of virtue, ferving only, that we point out the Love, and peace, and yet bring back

the bluth of proper path, which we may be affured it will pursue.

Folly, and the fame of vice.


N the month of May, when na

ture puts on her gayelt robes, I FEMALE PATRIOTISM.

parted a few weeks at a friend's

country-house. As its distance from A TRUE STORY.

town was inconsiderable, I walked

thither, and fauntering along aIN the year 1637, judge Crook mufed myself with the picturesque ing thip-money, and being fearful ting the confined metropolis, I, with of exposing him 'elf to the refent agile foot, tripped over the dewy ment of a wicked and powerful mead, and my heart thrilled with ministry, had determined to give the liveliest sensations of joy; judgment for the king ; but his wife, a woman of true virtue, addressing

Nor palace, theatre, nor proud exhim in a flyle of Spartan mag


Here lift their heads, tut fir-trees, Tanim.ty, conjured him not to err beach, ani pine, against his conscience and his ho- O'er verdant valleys, and on pleasant nour, for fear of incurring danger hills, of poverty. For herself, she would Lift up the thoughtful mind froma be conteut to fuffer want, or any

carth to heaven.



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