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and then, said he, who knows what blesome than the light, could not may happen. I have no wife, and refrain his laughter. Now, said he, owe not a farthing to chick or child. has this master of the earth, this

He now retrod the galleries, turn wisest of mankind, taken into his ing a deaf ear to the supplications silly head that I have kissed the of his patients; do not die to night, princess; well, since my shoulders said he, laughing, for I shall see are secure, of what consequence is a your elbowships to morrow. In the few basins of boiled lillies ? thank midst of this pretty speech he was heaven I am not incarcerated with rather surprised to feel himself rude. that amorous old beldam of withered Jy seized by a set of infernal looking excellence. fellows, with squeaking voices, who, He had not been an hour connotwithstanding his tears and en- fined, ere, with tiresome punctuality, treaties, bore him away to the sul. the promised beverage was handed tan. Mohamasim, said the comman. to him in all the mockery of splender of the faithful, since you have dour. Determined to rid himself of contrived to kiss the princess, I the nauseating task, by performing remit the punishment of the whip; it without delay, he was raising it to but, for having attempted to impose his lips, when his progress was reupon me, the master of the earth, tarded by a voice, which he recogthe wisest of mankind, I doom thee nised for his friend the sultan's, ex. to imprisonment till the moon claiming: “ Happy the being, who, change; nevertheless, care shall be like Mohamasim the ass driver, taken that you not only live, but live drinks physick from a golden saick, luxuriously. I command, said he, and rapturously kisses the elbows, turning to his slaves, that Mahoma. aged, withered, and diseased, of that sim be plentifully supplied with food, amorous old belcam, the princess and that it be daily changed, lest it Roxalinda !” pall upon the appetite, from fenu “The princess Roxalinda?" echogreek and lillies, to lillies and fenu. ed Mohamasim; “ holy prophet, who greek; hurry him away.

ever dreamed of a princess being old Mohamasim, though immured in and ugly!" a cell, where nothing was less trou



THE FRENCH REVOLUTION. IN reviewing Mrs. Bristow's It is impossible to reflect, without translation of Mons. Legouvé's poem emotion and gratitude, on the coura. la Mérite des Femmes, we express. geous affection and indefatigable ed our surprise at her not inserting perseverance, which were displayed those authentick anecdotes, which by the female sex under the reign of that author had collected and added terrour, towards their proscribed to his notes. We then promised to husbands, relations, or her omission; we now enter First, they petitioned the convention on the fulfilment of our promise; in their behalf, to the number of they will form an interesting sequel 1500 or 1600. Afterwards, in all the to the curious narratives which we towns where incarcerations and collected in our first volume, in proof murders took place, they braved of the celebrated prophecy found every danger, made every entreaty, after M. de la Harpe's death, among submitted to every sacrifice, to save, his papers.

or at least to see, and to comfort, the

objects of their affection; and more she glories in having exposed her than once, when they could neither own life to save his.” When threatobtain their liberty nor protect them, ened with immediate death, if she they willingly shared their captivity does not disclose the road he has taand death. I should be very happy ken, her answer is: “Strike wheneto pay a tribute to each of those he- ver you like, I am ready." She is roines, in recording her name and told that “the good of the country the instance of her magnanimity; requires she should give informabut how could I collect accounts of tion,” she exclaims: “ The country actions so innumerable? I have, does not command nature to be outhowever, gathered some: they will raged.” be sufficient to attest the trurh of Paris, as well as the departments, my verses, while they witness the exhibited wonderful instances of kindness of those consoling angels, connubial affection. who, in days of cyime, imitated Pro- Madame Lavalette, a prisoner in vidence itself.

La Bourbe,* with her husband, learns Madame Lefort, in one of the that he is about to appear before the western departments, trembling for tribunal; she runs to him, clasps him the life of her husband, then impri- by the neck and legs, and entreats soned as a conspirator, bought a the gaol keeper to let her go with permission to see him. At dark, she him. This dire favour was denied tries to him with a double dress; herishe prevails on him to change ap- Madame Davaux obtained it. Her parel, to go out in this disguise, and husband, formerly lieutenant general to leave her there. On the next day in the presidial of Riom, had been it is discovered that his wife has ta- arrested in that town, and ordered ken his place. The representative to be carried to the Conciergerie; addresses her in a menacing tone, he was overwhelmed with age and 6 wretch, what hare you done?”— infirmities. Madame Davaux, aware 6 My duty," says she, “ do yours.of the fate prepared for him, resolv.

The same stratagem was employ- ed to share the bloody sacrifice. No ed at Lyons, when that valiant city, warrant had been issued against her; reduced to submit to her conquer- and not being confined, she jumped ors, became the theatre of the most upon the wagon in which the pribarbarous executions. One of the soners of the departments were carinhabitants is marked for imprison- ried to Paris. On their arrival, she ment; his wife is apprised of it; she was imprisoned with them, and died hastens to warn him, gives him all five months after on the scaffold, by her money and jewels, forces him to the side of her husband, while she escape, and puts on the dress of this was, embracing him. threatened husband. The execution- Madame Lavergne, the wife of ers come to demand him: his wife the commander in Longwy, raised dressed like him makes her appear. her voice in his favour, before the ance, and is conducted to the com- revolutionary tribunal, when he was miitee. The deceit being soon dis- examined respecting the surrender covered, she is examined respect of that town. Fruitless exertion ! ing her husband; she answers that his sentence was pronounced in her * she has obliged him to fly; and that presence. She then abandoned her

* La Bourhe, la Conciergerie, le Plessis, le Luxembourg, l'Abbaye, Sevres, Port Libre, were houses of arrestation, or prisons in Paris.

+ Extract from the book entitled La Philosophie du Bonheur, of Cit. Delille De. salle, author of la Philosophie de la Nature.

135 self to despair. To be immolated, it him into the bloody cart. The exe. was sufficient to exclaim « Vive le cutioner tells her she is not conRoi !she made it resound through demned: “Since my husband is conthe hall. In vain were the judges demned:” says she, “ I am also.” willing to consider her as insane; Without yttering another word, she she persisted in repeating the ex. was executed with her husband. * clamation, till she obtained her wish - If, in those horrid days, Hymen and was condemned.

made every exertion in behalf of • Madame Roland, the minister's the unfortunate, it may be well conwife, pleaded his cause, at the bar of ceived that Love, more impetuous, the convention, with as much for did not yield :o him. titude as eloquence. When arrested The mistress of citizen Caussi, a and unable to assist him, she be. merchant in Toulouse, gave an inqueathed an example of intrepidity stance of this. in death, in the calm with which she The revolutionary commission of went to the scaffold.

that town had condemned him; it Some unfortunate persons were was dark when his sentence was brought to Paris, and put in the pronounced; therefore the execution Plessis, to be tried. One of them was delayed till the next day. His had a young and beautiful wife, who mistress having heard of the delay. had not quitted him. While she was resolved to take advantage of it to walking in the yard, with the other deliver him from the hands of the prisoners, her husband was called to executioners. There was an uninthe door of the prison. Anticipating habited house adjoining the place this as the signal for his death, she where he was to spend the night. endeavours to follow him; the jailer She, who, during his trial, had sold objects to it; but strengthened by all her property, to procure money her misery, she breaks through every to lavish in his behalf, immediately thing, runs into the arms of her purchases that house. Thither she husband, and clasps him, to enjoy at runs with a trusty chambermaid. least the direful comfort of sharing They perforate the wall adjoining his fate. The guards separate them the prison, and make an opening in 6 Barbarians,” said she, “still I will it large enough for the escape of the die;" instantly she flies to the iron captive whom they wish to release; door of the prison, violently strikes but the neighbourhood being crowd her head against it, and falls expiring ed with guards, how can their dison the spot.

covery of him be prevented ? A mi

to the Luxembourg. No sooner was friend has brought with her, conhe there, than his wife comes in. ceals his escape. Dressed herself as They observe to her that the war. a gend'armes, she leads him on rant does not mention her; her an. through the sentries. They went swer is: “ Since my husband is im. thus through the town without being prisoned, I am also a prisoner.” He recognised, and passed by the very is brought before the revolutionary place where the instrument was pre. tribunal; she accompanies him. The paring which was to cut off a head, publick accuser observes that she that Love contrived in this manner has not been subpænaed; her answer to preserve. is: “ Since my husband is summoned. Love rescued also a young man of here, I must come also.” He is at Bourdeaux, who had been thrown last sentenced to die; she steps with into one of the prisons of that town.

* This venerable Duke, the Marshal de Mouchy, was upwards of seventy years of age: his lady was nearly as old.-Editor.

The pestilential air he breathed they should not see him any more, there, undermined his health; he and the looks of all were directed was carried to the hospital. A young towards his mistress She seemed nurse was ordered to attend on him. to be composed, and retired to write. To a handsome face he joined the One of her friends, suspecting that advantages of birth and fortune. At this apparent calm might conceal a' first, his pleasing countenance inter- daring design, watched her, and inested her, and when he had acquaint- tercepted a letter which she had ed her with all his misfortunes and written to the publick accuser. By forebodings, pity completed what this letter he was informed of every tender sympathy began. She resolved feeling of her burning heart. Ma. to effect his escape. After imparting dame C.......r expressed in it her her design to hiin, without avowing wishes for the restoration of royalty, her partiality, she advised him to which was the same as calling for feign as if he were in violent con- death; she expected it. But as she vulsions and expiring. The young received no answer, she was afraid man acted the part allotted to him. her letter had been intercepted; she Sister Theresa, according to cus- wrote another, and took every care tom, spread the sheet over his head. that it might reach its destination. The physician came at the usual In the mean while the journals hour; she told him the patient had were kept out of her sight, because just breathed his last; he went away, Boyer was on the list of those who without suspecting her deception. had been executed. She said to her At dark sister Theresa pretended friends: I know he is no more, do not that the corpse had been claimed, deceive me, I have courage. They at for the instruction of the young sur- length confessed the truth. She re. geons, and she had it brought to the ceived this last blow with the great. hall for dissection. When he was est fortitude, and retired again to there she gave him a suit of clothes, her apartments: there she read belonging to a surgeon who was in over once more her lover's letters, the secret; and in this disguise he of which she made a girdle round escaped without notice. The fraud her waist, and spent the remainder was not discovered till the next day of the night in lamenting him. On Sister Theresa was examined; and the next day, she dressed herself using no dissimulation, so awful with great nicety, and while at was her candour, that she was spar. breakfast with the other prisoners, ed. Meanwhile, she had inspired the she heard the bell ringing. “It is voung Bordeiese with a passion still me whom they come to fetch," ex. stronger than her own; he induced claimed she joyfully. “ Farewell her to come to his retreat; and my friends; I am happy, I am going there, on his knees, he eitreated to follow him." She then cut off her her to embellish the days she had beautiful hair, and divided it among preserved, by consenting to be his her friends. She gave a ring to one wife; as may be readily conceived, of them, a necklace to another, and she did not refuse; since she was after begging that they would some. receiving as much happiness as she times look at these presents, she conferred They wept together to took her leave. She ran to the tri. Spain, where they were married. bunal; she was asked if she was the

Madame C......I could prove her author of the letter which she was love to Cit. Boyer only by dying with called to account for: Yes, Monhim. They were imprisoned toge- sters! I (lirected it to you; you have ther in Paris. One day Boyer was murdered my lover; strike me now; summoned before the tribunal, as a here is my head. When on the scafwitness. His fellow prisoners thought fold she exclaimed: here, he perish. ed yesterday, at the same hour; I for her sister in law. She went to see his blood; come, executioner, and the yard with the other prisoners, mir that of his lover's with it ! After to hear the names of the condenined uttering these words, she tendered called over; her name being proher neck to the bloody axe, repeat. nounced, she steps forwards, but ing to her last moment the name observes that the surname not be. she held so dear.

longing to her, must apply to anoAnother woman distinguished ther person. She is asked whether herseif, after the death of her lover, she knows who that person is? sit by an action of a different nature was her sister in law she remains but no less affectionate. She had silent; she is ordered to disclose her witnessed the execution of the un- retreat. “ I do not wish for death,fortunate, on whom her affection says she, “ but I prefer it a thousand was fixed. She followed his remains times to the shame of saving myself to the place where they were to be at the expense of another; I am buried with those of several others. ready to follow you." There she entices the cupidity of After the surrender of Lyons five the gravedigger to obtain the head prisoners escaped from a dungeon of a beloved victim, and tells him: called the Cave of Death; the sis“ Eyes full of love, which death has ters of young Porral facilitated their just now extinguished, the finest hair evasion. They gave a part of their in the world, youthful graces wither. fortune to obtain access to their broed by sorrow; such is the picture of ther, and through the greatest danthe one I want; 100 Louis dor will gers visited him several times, and de the reward of such a service.” procured him the necessary imple. The head was promised. She came ments: young Porral made use of again alone and trembling, to re. them with as much success as bold. ceive it in a valuable veil. But na- ness, and soon came with his four ture was not so strong as love. Ex- fellow prisoners, to thank his sisters, hausted by such struggles, this fond who assisted him to elude the search lover fell down at the corner of Rue which his flight occasioned. St. Florentin, and to the terrified A very particular account of this eyes of beholders revealed her se. evasion, with many others, some of cret, and what she was carrying them conducted with wonderful dexShe was sent before the tribunal, terity, was published at Lyons, after where the judges made a charge the reign of terrour had subsided. against her, of what ought to have It shows to what fury revolutionary excited their sympathy; and she principles may be impelled.] went to the scaffold, in the conso- Madame ELIZABETH could have ling hope of finding in another world avoided the dangers which threaten. the object which had animated her ed the Bourbons, by joining those of with such a delirious passion! her brothers who emigrated from

Fraternal affection inspired also France; but she rather renounced sacrifices.

all thought of herself than forsake The sister of a bookseller in Paris, the most unfortunate of them. She of the name of Gatty, being present was executed soon after the king, when her brother was condemned, with the placidity of mild innocence. exclaimed Vive le Roi ! within the When carrying to the scaffold, her court itself. She wanted to die with neck handkerchief fell off; being him; but this sad satisfaction was thus exposed to the gaze of the denied her, and her execution was crowd, she addressed to the execu. delayed till the next day.

tioner these memorable words: “ In Mademoiselle Maille, confined in the name of decency cover my boe Rue de Seyres, sacrificed herself som.VOL. V.


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