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Diary and Chronology.
Wednesday, May 19. St. Peter Celestine. -High Water 25m after 11 Morn -56m after Il After. St. Peter..Our saint was born in Apulia about the year 1221; from his infancy he evinced
the most extraordinary piety. On the death of Nicholas IV. he was unanimously elected Pope. After baving sat in the chair four months, he abdicated the 80.. preme dignity of the church the 13th of December, 1:92.' St. Peter is said to have.
died in his 75th year. May 19,1822-Expired Camille Jordan, the celebrated French orator and politician. When his
place (Lyons) opposed the tyranny of the National Convention, he first displayed his eloquence After the siege of Lyons, he retired to Switzerland, and from ihence came to this country, where he formed a connexion with Erskine, Fox, &c, and studied our literature, legislation, and constitution. Subsequently, he went to Germany, where he also became acquainted with several of the first literati. In 1800 he was recalled to France, and opposed the pretensions of Buonaparte, then First Consul. During the Imperial Government, he lived in entire seclusion, occupied solely with literary pursuite. Attached to the Bourbons, he endeavoured to promote their restoration in 1814.
Thursday, May 20. Ascension Day-St. Bernardin of Sienna, d. A.D. 1444.-Sun rises 8m aft 4-sets 53m aft 7. May 20, 1750.- The celebrated French author, Marmontel, in his life, says to-day, "I had
carelessly finished my tragedy of Cleopatre;' and this piece, whicb, in the col. lection of my works, is that on which I have employed the most labour, Bavoured of the precipitation with wbich we write, at an age when we have not yet felt how difficult it is to write well. It needed all the indulgence of the public to obtain the very moderate success of eleven representations. I had introduced upon the stage the denouement with which history furnished me, and Vaucauson had un. dertaken to contrive for me an automaton aspic, that at the moment when Cleopatre pressed it to her bosom to excite its bite, should imitate, almost to nature, the motion of the living aspic. But the surprise created by this ingenious piece of mechanism diverted the spectators from the true interest of the moment. I have since preferred a denouement more simple. Besides, I ought to acknowledge that I had presumed too much on my own powers, when I hoped to persuade my au. dience to pardon Antony's excessive error. The example it affords is terrible; but the extreme difficulty was to make it affecting."
Friday, May 21. High Water 0h 53m Morn-19m Aftern Marianne Collton, in ber“ Journal of Pour in France, Italy, &c.” under this day writes, “ We saw here (Ancona) an image of the Virgin, which is said to pos. sess the miraculous power of opening and shutting its eyes; and so far as we could comprehend the account given us, both by our cicerone, and a religieuse who showed as the church, when Bonaparte was here, and desired the image to be brought to him, he, terrified at seeing it open its eyes, threw bis handkerchief over it, when the indignant Madonna threw it back again.”
Saturday May 22. St. Basilicus, mar. A.D. 372.-New Moon 13m after 7 Morning.' May 22, 1645. The siege of Oxford by Sir Thomas Fairtax commenced on this day, and last.
ed till the 5th of June; when the siege was raised, and the next day Sir Thomas went to Borstall House near Brill, in Buckinghamshire, which he endeavouring 10 storm, was courageously repelled by Sir William Campion.
Sunday, May 23.
SUNDAY AFTER ASCENSION DAY.
St. Desiderius, Bishop of Langres, 7th Century. May 23, 1617.--Born at Lichfield, Elias Ashmole, the celebrated herald and antiquarian: He was the founder of the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford, & died in 1693, at Lambeth.
Monday, May 24. Sts. Donation and Rogation, mar AD. 287.-Sun rises 3m after 4-sets 58m after 7. May 24, 1543.-Expired in bis 70th year, Copernicus, the famous astronoiner, to whom we are
indebted for the establishment of the planetary system of Pythagoras. At the age of only twenty-seven, this great man had acquired such fame, that he was called to Rome to take the office of a publie professor of mathematics in that city. He bowever, still continued his astronomical pursults, notwithstanding his public engagements, and diligently observed the lunar eclipse of 1500. Being desirous to devote himself more particularly to astronomy, he left Rome, and having ultimate. ly settled at Frauenburg, he commenced a rigorous examination of the different systems of the universe, the result of which was the firmest conviction of the truth of that which now bears his name. His immortal work, On the Revolution of the Celestial Orbs, forms a perfect body of astronomy.
Tuesday, May 25. St. Mary Magdalen of Passi, Vir. d. A.D. 1607. High Water Im aft 4 mor.-21m aft 4 Aft.
Our saint, wbo was a native of Blondelmonti, entered the order of the Carme. lites in 1582; in 1604 she was choseu sub•prioress, in which station she edified the community twenty-four years and three months.
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time be about the age of nineteen, and
was by far the finest woman I had ever FRANCESCA ZAMORA.
seen, even in her own land of beauty ;
and few men whose affections were free BY JOHN MALCOLM.
could have looked upon Francesca ZaOh grief, beyond all other griefs, when fate mora without emotion. First leaves the young heart lone and desolate Edwards was a young man of a gay In the wide world, without that only tie
and light-hearted disposition, one of those For which it loved to live, or feared to die. Lorn as the hung-up lúte that ne'er hath who can dally with love, and play around spoken,
ils flame without being much scorched ; Since the sad day its master-chord was broken. but his attentions to the fair Spaniard were
so marked, and such a mutual regard It was a joyful day when the division seemed to subsist betwixt them, as in less of the army to which I belonged, then troubled times would have rendered their encamped in the south of Spain, received union for life a matter of more than mere orders to strike their tents, and to occupy probability. as winter quarters the villages in the im But with the first appearance of spring mediate neighbourhood.
our army took the field in pursuit of the There, for the first time since my arri. enemy, who commenced their retreat toval in the Peninsula, I was separated from wards the north, and Edwards and I my friend Edwards, with whom I had became messmates and sharers of the same hitherto shared the same tent, but who tent as formerly. now bad quarters assigned to him in the It was at the close of a long and hahouse of an elderly gentleman and his rassing march that we were joined by an lady, who, haying no family of their own, officer who had been left behind in our had adopted a niece, bereaved of her late quarters for a few days on regimental parents by death while she was yet too duty, and by him informed, that, shortly young to feel the loss. She might at that after the departure of the regiment, Fran21-VOL, V. X
cesca Zamora had disappeared from the who relurned not from the strife was Edhouse of her friends, and that every search wards. Yet he had not been seen among after her had proved in vain.
the killed or wounded, and there seemed Her loss had excited deep and univer no possibility of his having been takensal regret, for she was the pride of the prisoner by the enemy, as they had not village, and the delight of all hearts. given us an opportunity of coming in Edwards seemed much affected at the close contact with them. In the report time, and for several days was in low of the casualties, therefore, he was returnspirits, but afterwards regained his usual ed as missing ; and, oh! with what ago: gaiety, and seemed to have forgotten the nies of doubt and sickening suspense is circumstance allogether.
that brief word fraught, as it meets the We had nearly concluded a long day's startled gaze of far-distant friends! What march without getting sight of the enemy, vague and dark conjectures does it call when towards evening, all at once, from up into the bosom of affection, compared a rising ground, we beheld them posted to which certainty of any kind, even of upon a ridge of heights from which they death itself, were a relief? showed no disposition to relire.
We bivouacked during the night, which Our troops immediately moved on to was stormy and dark, save when the moon dislodge them, in the face of a furious would break out in momentary gleanis cannonade, as well as of a heavy and through the black and billowy clouds destructive fire of musketry, and after a careering over the sky; and I sat all sharp action, succeeded in driving them alone by a fire which my servant had from the heights; but darkness coming kindled, musing upon the strange and on, it was impossible to follow up our wild vicissitudes of a soldier's life, and advantage, and we contented ourselves the mysterious disappearance of Edwards, with occupying the position from which whose absence made a miserable gap in we had driven them.
mv existence. Our loss was severe--and among those 'The friendships formed in camp, I be
"lieve, are few; for hardships and priva- slunk back into the wood, which contions have a tendency to shut up the firmed my suspicions, that he was one of avenues to the heart against generous and those marauders who follow in the wake social feelings, and to render it cold and of an anny, and come forth with stealthy selfish; yet, if once formed, they seem steps, in the shadow of the night, to to be strengthened by such trials, and a plünder the dead and to despaich the community of suffering becomes a bond wounded, in order to obtain their clothes of union. But of the few friends whom I and money Ruthless hands had already possessed during the campaign, and with been busy at their sacrilegious work on whom I had lived in a state of intimacy the battle-field ; for, amidst the fitful almost unknown to social and civilized gleams shot from the moon, as her wanlife, every battle had deprived me of one, ing crescent sailed through the storm, I and now I was alone and a stranger amidst had frequent glimpses of the naked and the crowds of a camp, where yet the outraged dead, lying in their gory wounds, strong necessity of circumstance compels with iheir pale' ghastly faces turned to: men to herd together, and to form new wards the sky, and glimmering in the intimacies, even with the memory of a cold wan night-beam. Meantime the lost friend warm at the heart.
storm waxed wilder every moment, and It was now verying towards the middle- howled and wailed through the wood. watch of the night, when a sudden thought There was something fearful in that upcame into my mind, that I would go and roar of nature, contrasted with the dreary search for Edwards upon the field of silence and peace of death. A feeling of battle. Who knows (thought I) but he painful solemnity passed over my heart; may have escaped notice among the dead, and, after traversing the field without or he may be still alive, but disabled by making any discovery respecting Edwounds, and perchance perishing for want wards, I reiraced my steps and returned of human aid ?—The plan was no sooner to the camp. The operations of the camconceived than I felt an irresistible im- paign which succeeded I pass over, as pulse towards its accomplishment. [ not being relevant to my narrative. But Therefore hastily drew my cloak around about a month after this affair with the me, and proceeded alone towards the enemy, while reposing in my tent during contested ground, which lay at no great the heat of noon, I was startled by the distance in our rear. In a melancholy apparition (for such for a moment I conmood I approached its precincts, which ceived it to be) of my lost friend. were skirted by a lonesome wood, and had Yes; Edwards it was who stvod before no sooner entered the “ valley of death” me, though much changed and emaciated, than I stumbled over a dead body. I but, overcome with amazement, I gazed sprang up with a feeling of horror, and upon him without the power of utierance. at that moment a sudden stream of moon “Why don't you speak ?”' were his first light falling on the pale face and lifeless words ;-“ghosts, you know, must be form before me, revealed to my shudder- questioned ere they break silence; howing recognition an officer whom I had ever, on account of our long intimacy, known in England, and had frequenily for this once I dispense with this condiseen at the banquet and the ball the gayest tion of their nature.” As soon as I had of the gay; and now, oh what a dreary recovered from the shock produced by the meeting, at the dead of night, and on the presence of one whom I had long numfield of battle, to jostle with his corpse! bered with the dead, I made him give me I passed over the ground with more slow an account of his mysterious disappear, and cautious steps; but had not pro ance and unexpected return. It was 10 ceeded far, wben I was startled by the the following effect :sound of footsteps, and, upon directing About the middle of the action, menmy attention towards the place whence tioned in the foregoing pages, Edwards it proceeded, could distinguish a tall received a severe wound, by which he figure muftled up in a Spanish cloak was so disabled as to be unable to move approaching through the gioom.
from the spot where he had fallen, surWho goes there?” I exclaimed, (as rounded by the dying and the dead. In *is the soldier's wont in cases of danger this helpless situation he remained unor of doubt;) but receiving no answer, noticed until the fall of night, when his and observing that the unknown stood wounds became stiff and agonizing, and still, I again called out, “Who are you, at last nature was so far overpowered with and with what intent do you roam among suffering, that he suuk into a slumber, the dead at the midnight hour ? Speak which would have ended in the sleep of instantly, or I shall hold you as a plun- death, had he not been roused from it, derer, and treat you as
by feeling his temples chafed, and lis Upon hearing these words the stranger head genily raised from the ground.
Slowly and heavily he raised his eyes, until he had heard of her safe arrival at and a burst of moonlight breaking through her native village. At an early hour in the gloom, showed him the pale face of the morning I marched off with my party, Francesca Zamora bending over him, as and bade adieu to the camp, whose white she supported his head upon her bosom. tents faded away into the horizon like the As soon as he showed symptoms of re- dying gleam of distant sails. I proceeded lurning life and consciousness, she beck- with my charge, by slow and easy marches, oned to a female attendant in waiting, until we reached our late village-quarters, who immediately approached, and by where, upon inquiry, I learnt, with regret, their joint-exertions Edwards was that Francesca had not returned, nor had moved to a solitary and deserted cottage ever been heard of since the time of her at some distance, where medical assistance departure from her inconsolable friends; was procured, and his wounds were and as it was supposed she must have met dressed by the snrgeon of a village a few with some fatal accident, masses had been miles in rear of the scene of action. said for the repose of her soul.
Thus it was, that, under the influence As I had seen and known her in her of a romantic passion, and perhaps a pre- day of smiles, her romantic and melansentiment that she might be the preserver choly story made a deep impression upon of its object, Francesca had quitted her my mind, and the mystery that now hung kindred and her home,-hadsacrificed over her fate gave rise in my imagination the approval of her friends, and, more to a thousand vague and dismal conjec. than all, had risked her reputation,--and tures respecting her. But the beautiful with a female domestic had contrived, by and exciting scenes through which I passed means only known to themselves, to track gradually began to efface from my mind the movements of the army undiscovered these and all other subjects of painful and unsuspected, and at length, on a contemplation,-not but that the face of night of storm, and a field of death, to the country tended at times to revive them, snatch from the brink of the grave the for here and there it bore the records of object of her first affection. Alas that a ruin; but the healing principle of Nature love so rare and so devoted as hers should was busy at the work of renovation, and ever meet with so sad a fate !--that after was spreading a garment of green--a saving him from death, and tending him beautiful oblivion over what she could not in sickness, till her fair young face faded restore. Young flowers were springing with watching his fevered slumbers, up on the battle-field, making the grave which was done with a patience that a place of beauty and the nursery of new ceased not from its labour of love until he life ; and the poor peasants, who had was once more restored to a state of con been hunted from their hearths into the valescence,-that after these, and all her dens and caves of the wildest sierras, were other sacrifices and sufferings, she should once more returning to their homes, and have to learn, ere he departed for the beginning to repair the work of destruction. army, that he was already betrothed to a I had now been a considerable time lady in his own land!
upon the march, when, at the close of a Edwards was not wanting in gratitude ; long day's journey, we arrived at a vilhe poured out nis heart before her at lage where I found it would be necessary parting, calling her his preserver and to allow my party a day's rest, as the dearest friend, but said that a gulf of fate sick and wounded were beginning 10 suffer was fixed between them, and that she much from fatigue and exposure to the berself must cease to regard him, were he heat of the climate ; and on the following base enough to break his vows; he, how- evening I sauntered forth to take a survey ever, expressed his hope that she would of the place, which was beautifully sistill think of him as a friend who was in- tuated at the foot of soine stupendous debted to her for life, and who would mountains. I had strayed about a mile cherish her memory till his latest breath ; from the village, when, upon turning the finally, he obtained from the unfortunate angle of one of the hills, I came suddenly girl a promise that she would again return upon a large mansion which stood in the to her friends.
gorge of one of the defiles of the mounShortly after the return of Edwards, I tains, from whence might be had a glimpse was appointed to take charge of an escort of their mystic recesses, wending away about to proceed to Lisbon with a party through the shadowy mazes of rock and of our sick and wounded men ; and as glen ; while, on the other side, a vast our route lay through that part of the range of champaign country, variegated country which we had occupied as winter- with woods and waters and old castles, quarters, Edwards requested that I would stretched away to the horizon in one wide make particular inquiries respecting his gleam of evening glory. From the ap: deliverer, as he felt he could not be happy pearance of the building before me, I