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ed of them by himself. The day af- own clothes taken from him, and ter his entrance into the castle, Hu. others sent him that had already been ger received notice from the jailor to worn by many an unfortunate priprepare for an examination before the soner. Thus he dragged on the first chief magistrate of the city. As he three months of his confinement. was not conscious of having commit. After that time he was removed to ted any very heinous crime, he was un a better room, into which glimmered der no apprehensions for his life ; but a borrowed light ; better clothes and expected that, after he had told his more wholesome food were given him, story, and declared the motive of his and his circumstances in every respect actions, his judge might subject him improved. But still he was uncertain to some slight punishment, perhaps a as to his fate, and the jailor was the short imprisonment; what then was only human being who visited him. hisamazement, when he heard himself One day he was surprised with the apaccused of having entered into a con pearance of his young friend the inter spiracy against the Austrian govern. preter, MrW-*Nothing could ment.
exceed his joy at once more beholding The examination was carried on by a kindly human face. He informed means of an interpreter, a young man Huger that the court of Austria of a benignaspect, who seemed to com- had believed that all the garrison of passionate his situation, and who, when Olmutz had been engaged in the coshe gave such answers as he thought spiracy; that many people had been might tend to hurt his cause, made arrested upon suspicion ; for it could him repeat his answers, softening their not be believed that two such young import, assuring him that he knew he men as he and Balman could have did not exactly express himself in pro- formed and executed so daring a plan per terms, and desiring him to recol- without the aid of others ; but as so lect whether he did not mean to an- proofs had hitherto appeared, it was swer in such and such a manner. determined to bring them shortly to Huger saw his good intentions, and trial, and for that purpose lawyers determined to rely on his judgment, were to be sent from Vienna to asespecially after he had heard him say, sist the magistrates of the city. Huger in a low voice, “ I am your friend.' -now for the first time learned the After this, and many subsequent ex. complete failure of their scheme, and aminations, the magistrates informed that Balman was under the same roof him he must not expect pardon, but with him. However sad the reflecadvised him to prepare for the worst. tion was, that his friend's sufferings This exhortation, so often repeated, equalled his own, yet he could not began to have some effect upon him, express the joy he felt at being so and, considering he was in the power near him. Soon after he discovered of an absolute monarch, whose will that he inhabited the room above was superior to law, he could not him. Thenceforward his treatment shake off some melancholy presages. was much less rigorous ; even the His place of confinement was a loath. jailor, who till lately had observed a some dungeon, without light; he was profound silence, relaxed his caution, fed with the coarsest food, chained and came frequently to visit him ; to the floor during the night ; his and though a man of few words, yet
The initials only of this excellent man's name are given, for necessary and obvious reasons.
as his presence broke the dreary so- of an attempt to deliver M. de la itude, he felt happy whenever he Fayette. The motives which, hownade his appearance. Many were ever, induced me to engage in it canhe experiments he tried to hold a not be judged by those who examine communication with Balman, and at all similar enterprises according to ength he succeeded.
their success or failure; believe me, it He discovered that the window was neither unreasonably undertaken, shich threw a borrowed light into nor rashly executed, but failed from is cell served likewise to throw accidents which prudence could not ight into that of Balman. He pick- foresee. To the mortification of a d a piece of lime from the wall
, and failure were added the miseries of a vith it scratched a few words upon prison, which, in Austria, exceed · black silk handkerchief he wore any thing known in England. In a bout his neck ;* then fixing it upon small room, just long enough for my stick, he climbed up the side of the bed of straw, with eight-pence a day oom, and raised the stick as near for my support ; at night chained to he common window as he could, the ground, and without books or ill it had attracted the attention of light, I passed the first three months Balman, who, after many efforts, of my captivity. After this time iade himself master of it, and re my situation became gradually bet. urned an answer by the same me. ter ; but I was not allowed to write hod. Delighted with having over to my friends, to be delivered from o me this difficulty, they never suf. my chains, or permitted the smallest ered a day to pass without some intercourse with the world, till a communication. To W- they fortnight before my release. vere indebted for the means of ren “ In such a situation, the conscilering their situation still more com. ousness alone of having done nothing ortable, by engaging the jailor's wife dishonest or dishonourable could afo their interest ; a few presents, and ford that internal satisfaction, and now and then a small piece of money, inspirethat stern patience, necessary to nduced her secretly to bring them support calmly so sudden and severe a mooks, food, wine, and warmer reverse of fortune ; but it has convin. :lothes ; and at length to procure a ced me that a mind at peace with it. neeting between the two friends, at self can in no situation be unhappy. irst short, but by degrees become Daily habit also soon removed the nore hardy, they were permitted to unpleasant sensations excited by dispass some part of every day together. agreeable and unaccustomed objects, The following is an extract of a let, and the mind, which no power can er written by Huger to a near friend restrain, will always derive consoland relation, which, as it describes tion from hope, and rarely want some his situation and feelings in a forcible subject to be actively employed upnanner, ought not to be omitted : on. My friend and companion, Mr
"I am equally ignorant how this Balman, was in the same house, and ffair may have been represented, or our efforts to establish some commuwhat may be thought in these times nication, or to procure a momentary
There is a difficulty attending the mode of communication here described, for which we do not pretend to account. The writer of the article seems in this instance to have taken down Mr Huger's relation inaccurately.-EDITUR.
interview, afforded exercise for in- however, permitted every indulgeti vention ; and, in proportion to the but liberty. It was some days difficulty of effecting our wishes, the fore they heard from Wa smallest success rewarded days of when he came, they were astonish projects and expectation. I once al. and confounded to hear from hi so found means to disengage myself that their punishment was intende from my chains, and felt an emotion to be imprisonment for life. I beyond the power of words to de. however consoled them by hintia scribe. The slave, liberated by the that if they could by any means pe bounty of his master, experiences no cure money, this sentence might thing similar to it; he feels obligation changed to one much less severe, for å favour conferred; but a person it remained with the magistrate formerly free, breaking the chain of pass what sentence he thought p tyranny and oppression, has the dou- per, or even to release them entire ble enjoyment of overcoming his ene Balman had no fortune, and as H my, and regaining his liberty by his ger had no credit in Austria, it wou own exertions. Mine was but ideal, be a long time before he could for I was still surrounded with walls ceive a remittance from Lond and sentinels ; it was an event which W, their guardian angel, pro might be of such consequence that I sed to do all he could for them. did not permit the reality to inter In the vicinity of Olmutz resid rupt the happiness it afforded me: a Russian nobleman, of most pola and I probably felt more enjoyment ed manners, joined to the greatest ! at that moment, than in general one nevolence of heart. With him Whalf of the world ever experienced in enjoyed a perfect intimacy and frien their lives, even those possessing free ship; they were congenial sou dom, wealth, and friends. My long w- had made him acquaint captivity has not then been wholly mi with the whole of their stor serable, nor without some pleasure.” through him he had been able to a
At length, at the end of seven minister so frequently to their ce months, they were informed that the fort ; and he now nobly offered crown lawyers were arrived. The advance them whatever 'money tà government by this time was satisfi- might want to accomplish their : ed that the attempt to liberate lease, and to defray their expences Fayette was planned independently Hamburgh. Having thus removedt by two adventurers, and that it was greatest difficulty, his next care not a plot laid by the secret agents to sound the sentiments of the mag of France, in which the garrison of trate. This he could easily efter Olmutz at least was concerned, if it as, in the capacity of interpreter, were not more widely extended ; and had constant communication wi upon their trial, the sole fact of ha- him. He soon discerned that ving attempted to rescue a state pri- magistrate was not averse to soner was alleged against them. speaking in their favour; and wh
This fact being proved, they were he artfully insinuated that a ları remanded to their prison, to await reward would certainly attendi the sentence which was to be pro declaring himself inclined to pardo nounced against them by the sue he found he was listened to wi preme magistrate. They were now, more attention. Having gained th
vint, he very soon came to an e- magistrate to return him thanks for aircissement. The magistrate made the many indulgences he had allow exorbitant demand ; W—said ed them, and upon shaking hands was useless for him to go to the with him at parting, the stipulated isoners with such terms, and, as he sum was put into his hands. It is ew exactly the state of their fi- not to be supposed they made a long ices, he could at once mention what stay at Olmutz ; no longer than was y had to give, and therefore the necessary to pour out their grateful nost he could expect. This sum acknowledgements to the Russian s fifty pieces. He refused to come nobleman, and, above all, to the noblefor less than a hundred. In answer minded, generous W to whose his, W-desired him to consider, kindness they owed all the comforts t if he delayed his determination they had experienced in prison, and might lose his prize altogether, for to whose friendly and humane exert great interest was making at tions they were ultimately indebted inna for the release of the prison for their liberation. M. de la Fay
which he had no doubt would ette, the unfortunate cause of their ceed, as, amongst others, the distresses, remained in confinement glish and American ambassadors till the close of the year 1797, when, exerted themselves in their fa- upon a peace taking place between r. This upright magistrate at Austria and France, he was released yielded to the impulse of avarice, at the request of the French Geneagreed that, if the prisoners would ral Buonaparte. . d him the money before they left prison, they should be released Since the above was written, a letnext day. To this he answered, ter has been received by Mr Huger t they were so distrustful of all from M. de La Fayette, of which ut them, that he was certain they the following is a translation, which uld rather await the result of the forms a very proper supplement to ition at Vienna, than part with the above account. * ir little stock of money at an un “ MY DEAR Huger,--Here is the tainty, but added, that he himself friend whom you had so generously ald become their security, and be undertaken, so humanely attempted werable to him for the money in to rescue from captivity, and whose : they did not pay it. To this panting heart, at the moment of our agreed, and W was authori. restoration to liberty and life, basto negociate with the prisoners. tens to offer you the tribute of an inmatters being soon settled, the expressible and boundless gratitude. n of their imprisonment was first What you have done for me, the d at fourteen years, then shorten manner in which you have done it, o seven, soon after to one, then to bind me to you by everlasting ties of nonth, and lastly to a week; at admiration and love ; your sufferings, expiration of which they were and your dangers, supported with 80 ased from prison. They'imme. much fortitude and intrepidity of tely repaired to the house of the , soul, did not find in me a steadiness
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equal to yours ; and amidst the hor- from Olmutz, and I hoped that rors of an anxiety, which it had been homage of my gratitude coul? forbidden to alleviate, I was, from through them offered to you the day of your confinement to that Balman ; how great this disapp of your delivery, so cruelly tortured, ment was I need not tell you, as that I very nearly came to the point have probably heard that the 7 of losing my life ; it was probably lines from the mother to her i saved by the blessed news of your which she hazarded to join to a re having been set at liberty, which I to the American consul, were i had the good fortune to hear in spite ped at Vienna and sent back to of the infamous orders to prevent My two friends, Latour Maub me. In vain would I endeavour to and Puży, entreat me to presen! describe what I felt at the happy in. with the tributes of affection au telligence. How barbarously they spect, which to the last mome have treated you, my admirable their lives their hearts will be b in friend! I am much afraid your suf. and proud to pay you. ferings during that period may have " It was on the 19th of Septe had an effect upon your health ; I five months after the cessati entreat you to let me hear all the hostilities, that we were set at particulars of your welfare, for which ty. It had been demande by I feel so deeply interested. I wish France the first day of the ci I might be allowed to talk over with ences at Recolin, and promises you many details of our enterprise, made but not executed; to rep and with heartfelt admiration and applications repeated evasions gratitude acknowledge the generous, opposed. At last Louis Ro 5; gallant, and self-forgetting part you formerly my aid-de-camp, wa had in it. To get away before I to Vienna by Buonaparte and C. saw you on horseback was impossi. in order to put an end to this d !, ble, nor could I help returning to. and although we lately had ri wards you, when, by your not coming certain conditions proposed 1 3 up, I suspected an accident. I then it was agreed we should be cor thought, that while I had turned ed to this place, there to be pu ! back in search of you, you had gone American hands, from whom a forwards, and although it would vious engagement had been in a have been better for me to have been upon, to exert their influence : outof the Austrian dominions, in order suade us not to remain more thi to exchange myself for my former days within the limits of the C captive deliverers, yet, had I known empire. But as my wife's 1 your fate, I should not have been precludes every idea of embark able to proceed farther, and when I this late season of the year, * did know it, I could not regret my going to settle for the winter i being retaken. You know that, after Danish territory, probably in twelve months from that time, mystein, which, although a Germa wife and daughters became the part. vince, belongs to the King of ners of my captivity ; by them I had mark, a friend to the French the consolation to hear of you. monwealth, and a very indepe They supposed that there could be power. My health is better ti no objection to their writing to you could have expected, and thoi